The 2020 Major League Baseball Draft could be held on June 10th or as late as July 20th. The Miami Marlins will have the third overall pick in the draft after finishing with a 57-105 record last season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s MLB Draft will be cut short. The draft is usually 40 rounds, but this summer, it could be as few as five rounds with a possibility of ten rounds if things improve. At a minimum, the Fish will have six picks in the draft which includes a Competitive Balance B pick.
Here is the Miami Marlins 2020 mock draft 1.0.
First Round (3rd Overall)—Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M
With the third pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Miami Marlins select left-handed pitcher Asa Lacy. The junior left-hander is arguably the top pitching prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft. Lacy has been one of the top collegiate arms in the country for the past two seasons.
In his career, Lacy has a 14-5 record with a 2.07 ERA, 13.3 K/9 and 1.01 WHIP. He also struck out 224 batters in 152 innings pitched. Lacy was also selected to play for the 2019 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
Lacy has a four-pitch mix that consists of a fastball, curveball, slider and change-up. His fastball sits 92-95 mph and tops out at 97 with some sink. Lacy’s curveball is his best off-speed pitch with 11-5 break. His slider is a sharp slider and is most effective against right-handed hitters. The change-up is an average pitch that has some depth but does project to be an above average off-speed pitch. Lacy throws a lot of strikes and has the potential to be a frontline starter as he continues to improve on his command.
Second Round (40th Overall)—Nick Loftin, SS, Baylor
With their second-round pick, the Miami Marlins select shortstop Nick Loftin. The Baylor shortstop has been a three-year starter at Baylor and has also been one of their most productive hitters.
Nick Loftin is hitting for more power early this season, as evidenced by his mammoth home run Saturday.— Teddy Cahill (@tedcahill) March 1, 2020
That's really good news both for @BaylorBaseball and Loftin's draft stock https://t.co/K48PZSnSuE pic.twitter.com/pp0zQCFr9K
In his career, Loftin batted .316 with 34 doubles, 14 home runs, 92 RBIs and a .858 OPS. He was also a Preseason All-American on Collegiate Baseball and Big 12 Player of the Year on D1 Baseball and Baseball America.
Loftin is a plus defensive shortstop with the range and arm strength to continue playing shortstop at the next level. His offensive production has been very solid since he arrived in Waco, Texas. His power numbers aren’t great but there’s some potential there as he has some room to fill in his 6’1” 180 pound frame.
Competitive Balance Round B (62nd Overall)—Enrique Bradfield, OF, American Heritage
With their competitive balance round B pick, the Miami Marlins select outfielder Enrique Bradfield. The Fish go with a one of the top South Florida prospects.
In his high school career, Bradfield batted .370 with 78 hits, 32 RBIs and a .960 OPS. Bradfield has also stolen 46 bases during his time at American Heritage and was thrown out only five times. On Perfect Game, Bradfield is the 51st-ranked prospect and the 12th-ranked outfielder in the country.
Enrique Bradfield is an exciting player to watch. He’s your prototypical leadoff hitter as he has tremendous speed and bat-to-ball skills. He’s an 80 grade speed as his best 60 yard dash has been clocked at 6.26. Bradfield is also a terrific glove with tons of range. He doesn’t possess any power but his contact skills and speed will still make him an intriguing player. Enrique Bradfield has signed his NLI to the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Third Round (76th Overall)—Bryce Elder, RHP, Texas
With their third-round pick, the Miami Marlins select right-handed pitcher Bryce Elder. The Marlins continues to add to pitching to their farm system with the selection of Texas pitcher Bryce Elder.
In his collegiate career, Elder has a 10-6 record with a 3.42 ERA, .241 opponent batting average and struck out 149 batters in 144.2 innings pitched.
At 6’2” 220 pounds, Elder is a polished right-handed pitcher with good mechanics and command. His fastball has topped out at 94 mph but usually sits 88-92 mph. Elder also possess a nasty cutter that gets a lot of swing and miss and his curveball is loopy that sits in the low 80s. Elder projects to be a middle or bottom half of the rotation arm.
Fourth Round (105th Overall)—Jackson Miller, C, Mitchell H.S.
With their fourth-round pick, the Miami Marlins select catcher Jackson Miller. The Marlins need to grab a catcher in this draft and Jackson Miller is the best available here.
On Perfect Game, Jackson Miller is the 53rd ranked prospect and the sixth ranked catcher in the country. Miller played for the Toronto Blue Jays Scout Team during the WWBA World Championship. Miller batted .526 with ten hits and a 1.053 OPS. He was also selected to the All-Tournament Team.
Jackson Miller is one of the top defensive prospects in the 2020 MLB Draft. His best pop time has been clocked at a 1.89. He moves very well behind the plate and does a good job of framing pitches. Miller is left-handed contact hitter with a line drive, up-the-middle approach. He does have solid power and bat speed. With a need behind the plate, Miller should be a high on the Miami Marlins’ board. Jackson Miller has signed his NLI to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Fifth Round (135th Overall)—Alex Toral, 1B, Miami
With their fifth-round pick, the Miami Marlins select first baseman Alex Toral. The Marlins end the 2020 MLB Draft with one of the top power hitters in college baseball.
Share a Coke with Alex Toral. Alex helped carry Miami past Pittsburgh with a 2-HR, 4 RBI day... and, wait for it.... Walk-Off HR!!! pic.twitter.com/5tLs9gt0Gi— James Weisser (@JWeisser88) March 7, 2020
Toral has been the starting first baseman for the Miami Hurricanes since he arrived on campus. In his collegiate career, Toral batted .260 with 30 home runs, 94 RBIs and had a .923 OPS. Toral led the ACC in home runs last season with 24.
Alex Toral is a 6’1” 220 pound left-handed first baseman with tons of power. After his rough freshman season at Miami, Toral has batted close to .300 and hit for power. His glove and speed are his weaknesses but his bat will carry him through the minor league system. The Fish have a need at first base since Lewin Díaz is the only high-impact first base prospect the Fish have in their farm system.