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Marlins links, 5/29/18: Marlins strike first, draft history, Monte Harrison interview

After a Marlins victory, continue your week with Tuesday’s links!

MLB: Miami Marlins at San Diego Padres Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins back in the win column

MLB: Miami Marlins at San Diego Padres Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

With Caleb Smith on the mound yesterday, the Marlins were given their best chance to win. Smith has been the best Marlins starter since Jarlin García transitioned back to the bullpen. He pitched seven innings against the Padres while allowing one run and picking up four strikeouts.

Cameron Maybin and Yadiel Rivera provided most of the offense with two RBIs each. Derek Dietrich, Miguel Rojas, and Starlin Castro each chipped in with one of their own to account for the 7-2 final score.

A look back at prior picks

With the draft coming up next week, we decided to review the 10 best Marlins draft picks. Some of them are better known for success with other major league teams, and four are still active players.

Meet Monte Harrison

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp radio broadcaster Roger Hoover interviewed the Marlins No. 1 prospect. Their conversation touched on Harrison’s multi-sport background, adjustment to the Double-A level and why he’s always worn uniform No. 3.

Miguel Rojas continues to surprise

Miguel Rojas hasn’t only been the Marlins best defensive player—he’s also having a career year with the bat. In 2018, Rojas has hit a career-high seven home runs and just pulled into a tie with Justin Bour for the team lead in RBIs.

Happy birthday, Nick Wittgren!

Marlins and Padres are back in action tonight

MLB: Miami Marlins at New York Mets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Fish send Dan Straily to the mound for the second game of the series. Straily’s last two outings have been his best since returning from the DL. Against a San Diego team that leads the league in strikeouts, look for Straily to continue his hot streak.

Tyson Ross will be on the mound for the Padres and he’s no slouch with a 4-3 record and a 3.13 ERA. First pitch is at 10:10pm.