For the third time in four years the Marlins have used their first pick in the draft to select a hard-throwing high school pitcher, this time taking lefty Trevor Rogers from Carlsbad HS, New Mexico, 13th overall. Coincidentally, Rogers is the cousin of former Marlin, and fan favorite, Cody Ross.
With the 36th pick, Miami chose UNC outfielder Brian Miller. Miller, who was a walk-on for the Tar Heels, has good speed and projects to man center field and hit near the top of the order when his professional career begins.
In the second round, 51st overall, the Marlins selected NC State shortstop Joe Dunand. As a college junior, Dunand, Alex Rodriguez’s nephew, hit .287 with 18 home runs and 51 RBIs.
It is definitely brewing, and it looks like a case of when, not if, the fire sale begins.
The price tag on the Marlins is falling all the time, and Jeffrey Loria may have to turn to China to get the $1.3 billion he desires.
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For the first time since 1990, the top three picks in the draft last night were all high school players, with the Twins selecting shortstop/outfielder Royce Lewis first overall.
Number one pre-draft prospect, two-way standout Hunter Greene, went second to the Reds. Cincinnati also selected teenage shortstop Jeter Downs with the 32nd pick, exactly 25 years since passing on Derek Jeter.
Jameson Taillon, who was diagnosed with cancer little over a month ago, has won his first start after surgery, throwing five scoreless innings against he Rockies.
Yoenis Cespedes had to leave the game against the Cubs last night with a sore heel, an issue which has apparently plagued him for years.
Lance McCullers, one of the standout starting pitchers so far in 2017, has been placed on the ten-day DL with a back issue.
Two-way players were definitely the theme in the first rounds of the 2017 MLB Draft.