We have only just begun! Welcome to Thursday’s thread for Rounds 2-5 of the 2020 MLB Draft. The Marlins used the No. 3 overall selection on right-hander Max Meyer and already are nearing a deal to sign him. That still leaves five more opportunities to add elite amateur prospects to their mighty farm system.
Follow along as the Fish make their decisions at No. 40, No. 61, No. 75, No. 104 and No. 134.
If you have missed anything of the draft process so far, get caught up with this stream.
My top three options for the #Marlins second round pick (if available):— Hector Rodriguez (@Hector_Baseball) June 11, 2020
1. Dillon Dillinger C Ohio State
2. Chris McMahon RHP Miami
3. Casey Martin SS Arkansas
As a reminder, the Marlins have a bonus pool of $12,016,900 this year. They can spend up to five percent over that total without losing any future draft picks, so they actually have $12,617,745 available to sign their draftees. While the exact Meyer bonus hasn’t been reported, he settled for “a bit below” his $7,221,200 slot value, per Jon Heyman. That was certainly a factor in picking him instead of consensus top pitching prospect Asa Lacy, who reportedly sought to be paid an overslot bonus. Those savings can now be allocated towards the remaining rounds.
Marlins insider Craig Mish expects at least two of Thursday’s picks to be pitchers. The team traded away controllable right-handers Zac Gallen, Trevor Richards and Nick Anderson at the 2019 trade deadline, then parted ways with a handful of bullpen options over the winter. Even with Meyer, Rule 5 Draft pick Sterling Sharp and the acquisition of Stephen Tarpley, their long-term depth could use more legitimate reinforcements.
How to watch/listen/follow
Tune in to MLB Network or ESPN2 from 5–11 p.m. ET to watch every Day 2 pick. Our own Spencer Morris is also sharing his live draft reaction and taking questions on Twitch.
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Please comment on this article or reply to the Fish Stripes Twitter account (@fishstripes) before the second round begins at 5 p.m. ET to submit your picks for the following prop bets:
- Will the Marlins take more hitters or pitchers with their remaining draft picks? (Hitters/Pitchers)
- Will they draft any players from a Florida school? (Yes/No)
- Final pick announced before/after 10:14 p.m ET? (Before/After)