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Everything you need to know about Marlins Day 2 MLB draft picks

This 2018 class is gradually finding a balance across various positions, experience levels and skill sets.

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Fish Stripes analysis on the entire 2018 Marlins draft class will be updated during and after the draft.

The Marlins were busy on Tuesday afternoon, selecting eight amateur players in the MLB draft. After focusing entirely on prep position players during Day 1, they finally pivoted toward more experienced prospects:

  • OF Tristan Pompey (third round, No. 89 overall)

No. 55 in composite pre-draft rankings

University of Kentucky

$642,600 slot value

Scouting Report (via MLB Pipeline)

The younger brother of Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey, Tristan is more advanced and more physical than his sibling at the same stage of their careers. A 31st-round pick out of a Canadian high school by the Twins in 2015, he has the tools to go in the first round three years later. To join Chad Green (1996) and Evan White (2017) as the only Kentucky position players ever to go that high, he’ll have to shake off a down summer in the Cape Cod League that left scouts questioning his ability to hit with wood bats as well as his effort.

A switch-hitter, Pompey shows aptitude and power from both sides of the plate. He has the ability to hit for a high average with 15 or more homers per year, though his Cape struggles were a surprise after he batted .361/.464/.541 during a breakout sophomore season with the Wildcats. He has logged similar numbers as a junior, displaying a quick bat, good strength and a patient approach.

Though Pompey has solid-to-plus speed, he’s not always that fast out of the batter’s box and is still learning to get the most out of his quickness on the bases and in the outfield. He played mostly right field in his first two years at Kentucky before seeing more action in left field this spring, and he needs to improve his reads and routes. His arm is fringy at best, making him better suited for left field than right.

  • C Nick Fortes (fourth round, No. 117 overall)

No. 252 in composite pre-draft rankings

Ole Miss University

$474,00 slot value

  • RHP Chris Vallimont (fifth round, No. 147 overall)

Unranked in composite pre-draft rankings

Mercyhurst Prep HS (PA)

$354,000 slot value

  • C Cameron Barstad (sixth round, No. 177 overall)

Unranked in composite pre-draft rankings

Junipero Serra HS (CA)

$268,900 slot value

  • RHP Casen Sherrod (seventh round, No. 207 overall)

Unranked in composite pre-draft rankings

Texas A&M University

$210,00 slot value

  • RHP Peyton Culbertson (eighth round, No. 237 overall)

Unranked in composite pre-draft rankings

Arkansas State University

$168,400 slot value

  • RHP Jake Walters (ninth round, No. 267 overall)

Unranked in composite pre-draft rankings

University of Alabama

$149,000 slot value

  • RHP Tanner Andrews (10th round, No. 297 overall)

Unranked in composite pre-draft rankings

Purdue University

$140,000 slot value

Marlins Press Release

Source: Marlins Communications