With the No. 119 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2017 MLB Draft, the Marlins have selected RHP Colton Hock out of Stanford.
Hock could still project as a starting pitcher, but he spent pretty much all of his three seasons at Stanford in the bullpen. This season, Hock appeared in 27 games, working 47.2 innings and posting a 2.08 ERA and an opponent batting average of .211. He struck out 35 batters while walking 11 and picked up six saves for the Cardinal.
The right-hander’s fastball sits in the low-to-mid 90s, and he uses his off-speed pitches to have success against both righties and lefties. The Marlins could try to stretch him out, as Hock made six starts in the Cape Cod League last summer, but he may be better designed for the bullpen.
Here’s a look at his delivery.
And some looks at him from The Cape last summer.
MLB.com had Hock ranks as the 122nd best prospect, so the Marlins picking him at NO. 119 is just about right for his projection. With a bullpen that has had its struggles over the few years, Miami could try to fast-track Hock to the big leagues.