The 2020 MLB Draft will be the Miami Marlins’ third draft under the Derek Jeter regime. In the first two draft, the Fish focused on getting hitters like JJ Bleday, Connor Scott, Kameron Misner, Nasim Nunez and Peyton Burdick during the early rounds.
In order to acquire even more impact talent this time around, the Marlins should put a special emphasis on scouting their own backyard. They are surrounded by some of the top high school and college prospects in the country. The state of Florida is a hot bed for baseball and has produced some of the best players in the game at all levels.
Here are three 2020 MLB draft eligible players from Miami-Dade County High Schools who could hear their names get called by the Marlins.
1. RHP Alejandro Rosario
Alejandro Rosario started his high school career as one of the top 2021 prospects in the country. However, he decided to reclass as a 2020 high school senior making him eligible for this summer’s MLB Draft. On Perfect Game, Rosario is the 21st-ranked prospect and the sixth right-handed pitcher in the country. MLB Pipeline also has him ranked as the 66th-ranked draft prospect. In his junior season, Rosario had a 6-0 record with a 0.81 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 43 1⁄3 innings pitched.
Over the summer, Alejandro Rosario was selected to play in the Perfect Game All-American Game. He was also selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game in Wrigley Field.
Alejandro Rosario is one of the best young pitchers in the 2020 MLB Draft. He stands at 6’1”, 165 pounds out of Miami Christian School. He has a live fastball that sits 92-95 and tops out at 97 mph. His best offspeed pitch is his splitter that can be a power pitch and work like a change-up. He’s also currently developing a cutter. Rosario is a very projectable arm that will need some time in the minors to develop before he can be ready for the MLB. This could be a really nice pick-up for the Fish as he’s expected to go day one of the MLB Draft. Alejandro Rosario has already signed his National Letter of Intent with the University of Miami.
2. RHP Victor Mederos
Victor Mederos is a 2020 prospect that has been on the radar of many professional teams. His size and power arm has intrigued many pro scouts and could see him as being one of the top power arms in baseball. On Perfect Game, Mederos is the 22nd-ranked prospect and the seventh ranked RHP in the country. MLB Pipeline also has Mederos as the 59th-ranked draft prospect. In his high school career, Mederos has a 3.15 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP and 111 strikeouts in 66 2⁄3 innings pitched.
Over the summer, Victor Mederos played in the Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American Games. He was also named the UA All-America MVP as he struck out the side in 13 pitches.
Victor Mederos has a large, physical frame that still has room to fill in. Mederos stands at 6’3” and weighs 210 pounds out of Westminster Christian School. Mederos has a power fastball that sits 92-94 and tops out at 96 mph. He also throws a power slider that gets a lot of swing and miss. His slider usually sits 84-88 mph.
Victor Mederos (2020 Miami, FL) has present strength and sat 90-94/6 today, mixed in a 76-80 curveball, and his change up got multiple swing and misses at 83-87. He looks the part of an elite workhorse RHP prospect! #PGNational pic.twitter.com/YCoMa0HPQK— Perfect Game Florida (@Florida_PG) June 11, 2019
Health is Mederos’ biggest question, as he missed most of his junior season. The Marlins should keep an eye on how he pitches during his senior season. Victor Mederos as already signed in National Letter of Intent with the University of Miami.
3. SS Yohandy Morales
Yohandy Morales is one of the top middle infielders in the country. On Perfect Game, the projectable right-handed hitter is the 27th-ranked prospect and the third ranked shortstop in the country. In his high school career, Morales has batted .344 with five home runs, 40 RBIs and a .890 OPS.
Over the summer, Morales played in the Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American Games. He also played or the 18U USA National Team.
Yohandy Morales has one of the highest ceilings in the 2020 MLB Draft. Morales is a 6’4”, 190-pound shortstop out of Braddock High School. Once he starts to fill in his frame, Morales could show in-game power more regularly and become a complete player. His exit velocity has been clocked at 100 mph and has also been clocked running a 6.76 60 yard dash. This could be a really nice pick-up for the Fish late in day one or early in day two. He’s a prospect that can move to third base once he starts to add solid weight. Morales has already signed his National Letter of Intent with the University of Miami.