The 2020 Major League Baseball Draft will be held virtually this Wednesday and Thursday. 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.
Just in time for the real thing, here is version 3.0 of our Miami Marlins mock draft.
First Round (3rd Overall)—Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M
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 and has been one of the top collegiate arms in the country for the past few seasons. He was also mocked to the Marlins in the first two versions of this exercise.
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 changeup. 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.
Looking towards 2020, Texas A&M LHP Asa Lacy is a high draft follow. Good size with athletic build, sitting 92-95 with the FB, touched 96, good plane, efforty deception to delivery, showed all 3 of CB/SL/CH as well. Can throw strikes with all 4. #Aggies pic.twitter.com/0fBPSIkA8s— Brian Sakowski (@B_Sakowski_PG) March 3, 2019
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)—Aaron Sabato, 1B, North Carolina
With their second-round pick, the Miami Marlins select first baseman Aaron Sabato. The North Carolina Tar Heel is one of the top first basemen in the 2020 MLB Draft.
In his collegiate career, Sabato has been one of the most productive bats in North Carolina’s lineup. Sabato played two seasons with the Tar Heels as he’s a draft-eligible sophomore. At North Carolina, Sabato has a .332 career batting average with 25 home runs, 81 RBIs, .698 slugging percentage and a 1.158 OPS.
Aaron Sabato is a 6’2”, 230-pound right-handed hitting first baseman with tremendous raw power. Sabato showed good plate discipline during his time with the Tar Heels but also had some swing and miss to his swing. On defense, Sabato is a solid glove with soft hands but has below-average arm strength. His bat will carry him through the minor league system. Some scouts have compared him to 2019 NL Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso.
Competitive Balance Round B (62nd Overall)—Mario Zabala, OF, International Baseball Academy (PR)
Mario Zabala (2020 San Juan, PR) stays back and hits hard line drive the other way with two strikes. Shows present strength, hand adjustment, and barrel speed. He has shown well all day! #PGNational pic.twitter.com/RUuBhB8e3S— Jered (@JeredGoodwin3) June 12, 2019
With their competitive balance round B pick, the Miami Marlins select outfielder Mario Zabala. The Fish grab another outfielder to their loaded farm system.
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.
The 18-year-old is overflowing with talent as he possesses 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. is one of the fastest runners 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.
Zabala is the top Puerto Rican prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft and the Marlins could snag him up here. He’ll need some time in the minors to develop but could ultimately prove to be one of the top players in this draft class.
Third Round (76th Overall)—Anthony Servideo, SS, Ole Miss
Scouts are bearing down on @OleMissBSB SS Anthony Servideo after a strong start to 2020.— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) March 4, 2020
✅ Pitch selection
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With their third-round pick, the Miami Marlins select shortstop Anthony Servideo. 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. He struggled 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 (105th Overall)—Ian Bedell, RHP, Missouri
With their fourth-round pick, the Miami Marlins select right-handed pitcher Ian Bedell. The Marlins draft one of the youngest college players in this draft class.
Pitching for Missouri, the 20-year-old junior has a career 6-4 record with a 2.95 ERA, 84 strikeouts, 9.9 K/9 and a 1.07 WHIP. Bedell was also dominate in the Cape Cod League last summer. Bedell posted a 4-0 record with a 0.59 ERA, 0.9 BB/9, 10.6 K/9 and a 0.65 WHIP.
Ian Bedell is a 6’2”, 200-pound right-handed pitcher with a four-pitch mix. Bedell doesn’t have an overpowering fastball but it’s very effective due to his command and movement on his fastball. Bedell also throws a two-seamer that can runs in hard on right-handed hitters. He throws two plus secondary pitches which is a low-80s changeup and a loopy curveball. Bedell can also mix in a mid to high-80s cutter.
.@MizzouBaseball RHP Ian Bedell in total control thus far, FB working 90-93, useful spin from slot/axis, CB solid-avg consistently 80-81, CH flashing that at 82-83, plus strikes, athletic build, pot. Top 5 round #MLBDraft arm. pic.twitter.com/vg2T8CDizz— Brian Sakowski (@B_Sakowski_PG) February 28, 2020
The Missouri pitcher has tons of experience out of the bullpen which could help him move through the minor league system quicker.
Fifth Round (135th Overall)—Michael Rothenberg, C, Duke
With their fifth-round pick, the Miami Marlins select catcher Michael Rothenberg. The Marlins add one of the top collegiate catchers for depth purposes.
Michael Rothenberg has been a three-year starter for the Duke Blue Devils since he arrived on campus. The Boca Raton native is one of the most complete players in the ACC. During his time at Duke, Rothenberg has a career slash line of .275/.412/.465. He also has 14 home runs, 85 RBIs, .987 fielding percentage and a .877 OPS.
The Marlins need to add more catchers to their farm system as Wil Banfield is really the only top catching prospect in the Marlins farm system. Rothenberg has an advanced approach at the plate and can make hard contact to all fields. The Marlins may also be able to get hometown discount with the Duke catcher, helping them sign their other draft picks.