The 2020 Major League Baseball Draft will be held on June 10. 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 it will only be five rounds with a total of 160 picks. The Fish will have six picks in the draft which includes a Competitive Balance B pick.
Improving upon the first edition that was published on Fish Stripes in early April, here is the Miami Marlins 2020 mock draft 2.0.
First Round (3rd Overall)—Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M
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Asa Lacy is a possible fit with the No. 3 overall pick. More details on him in this clip. https://t.co/scBbDk5cqj pic.twitter.com/glcgLc81Zj
With the 3rd pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Miami Marlins select left-handed pitcher Asa Lacy. The junior left-hander is 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.
Here are all of (Potential Fifth Overall Pick) Asa Lacy's 15 Strikeouts via the Slider, hitters have reached base just once (HBP) in 20 PA. He's thrown his SL 50 times, for a strike 64%, with 28 swing-and-misses. Enjoy 94 seconds of the best pitch in the entire 2020 Draft. pic.twitter.com/Ow8bLi1PLg— Mason McRae (@mason_mcrae) March 7, 2020
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 changeup 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)—Drew Romo, C, The Woodlands (Texas)
With their second-round pick, the Miami Marlins select catcher Drew Romo. The Perfect Game All-American is one of the top ranked catchers in the 2020 MLB Draft.
On Perfect Game, Drew Romo is the 22nd-ranked recruit and the second-ranked catcher in the country. Romo also played with the 18U USA National Baseball Team.
Drew Romo (C, The Woodlands, TX) from PG National. @LSUbaseball commit moves well behind the dish & has an exceptionally quick release. Popped 1.76 in the workout & 1.91 in game action. Early top follow for 2020 & for me, would have been the top prep catcher in the 2019 class. pic.twitter.com/2VU8CecaqP— Burke Granger (@burkegranger) June 17, 2019
Romo is a premier defensive catcher with a 1.94 recorded game pop time, strong arm and blocking ability. Romo is also a switch-hitting catcher that is more comfortable as a lefty but has made progress on the right side. He also has good bat speed and can drive the ball to all fields.
With the lack of depth in the Marlins farm system, drafting a catcher is a high priority for the Marlins. Drew Romo would be a great addition to the Marlins farm system but the Fish would probably need to sign him over-slot value.
Competitive Balance Round B (61st Overall)—Kyle Nicholas, RHP, Ball State
With their competitive balance round B pick, the Miami Marlins select right-handed pitcher Kyle Nicholas. The Fish grab another arm to add to their loaded farm system.
In his collegiate career, Nicholas struggled early on but would develop into one of the top power arms in the country. In his shortened 2020 season, Nicholas had a 0-1 record with a 2.74 ERA and struck out 37 batters in 23 innings pitched. Nicholas also played in the Cape Cod Summer League in 2019.
Kyle Nicholas is a 6’4” 220-pound pitcher with a power fastball. His fastball sits 93-95 mph and tops out at 97. Nicholas also improved on his slider which is usually 85-87 mph with downward bite. His biggest weakness is control. Nicholas started to improvement during the season as his walk rate went down but still needs to work on his pitching mechanics.
Third Round (75th Overall)—Anthony Servideo, SS, Ole Miss
With their third-round pick, the Miami Marlins select shortstop Anthony Sevideo. The Marlins add one of the best gloves of the 2020 MLB Draft.
In his collegiate career, Servideo has been very productive at Ole Miss as he slashed .294/.440/.427. His power numbers jumped big time during the 2020 season as he homered five times compared his four career home runs in the past two seasons.
At 5’10” 175 pounds, Servideo has a lot of offer but his production does come with some questions marks. At Ole Miss, he was a productive hitter at the plate but would struggle with a wood bat in the Cape Cod League. Servideo was always going to be a top pick as he has one of the best gloves in this draft class and is also a plus runner. If the Marlins believe that his bat will continue to improve, I could see the bleached-hair shortstop getting drafted here.
Fourth Round (104th Overall)—Mario Zabala, OF, International Baseball Academy
With their fourth round pick, the Miami Marlins select outfielder Mario Zabala. The Marlins draft one of the highest upside prep players in this draft.
On Perfect Game, Mario Zabala is the fifth-ranked prospect and the seventh-ranked outfielder in the country. Zabala was a Perfect Game All-American and also raked against good competition. Over the summer of 2019, Zabala batted .615 with eight hits and a 1.552 OPS.
Before the bats got going in last night's @PGAllAmerican Classic, 2020 #MLBDraft prospect & @FIUBaseball commit Mario Zabala got the East team on the board, showing off his wheels ... and his smile. More highlights: https://t.co/wzzvSXdXJh pic.twitter.com/LkawRRClE7— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 12, 2019
Zabala is overflowing with talent as he possess some of the best and rawest tools in this draft class. While scouts have some questions about his in-game ability, the upside with Zabala should be too much for teams to ignore.
Zabala is one of the fastest runner in this draft class as he’s been clocked running a 6.28 60 yard dash. He also has elite level raw power as his exit velocity has been clocked in the triple digits. He’ll need some time in the minors to develop, but Zabala has the potential to be one of the top players in the 2020 class and the most impactful Puerto Rican ever drafted and developed by the Marlins.
Fifth Round (134th 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.
Alex 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 some vulnerability at first base, lacking in true starting-caliber options behind Lewin Díaz and 2019 draftee Evan Edwards.