5 Biggest Draft Busts in Miami Marlins History
Miami Marlins Draft Busts
The Miami Marlins, formally the Florida Marlins, have had a unique way of handling success and catering to the needs of their fans throughout their tenure as a baseball franchise. Believe it or not, they have won two World Series rings in 1997 and in 2003. From there, they proceeded to blow up the roster and get rid of all their best players.
The difference between the Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays, is that the Rays rebuild through the draft and they let players develop, grow and produce at the Major League level before they decide they can’t afford them anymore and ship them out of town. The Marlins, on the other hand, try and take the easy way out.
In 2012, they decided to try and load up and go for the gold by signing Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell and Carlos Zambrano. After a last place finish, all of those guys are gone, as well as Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and Hanley Ramirez. The team they field now could be confused, at times, with a minor league team and there is no help coming any time soon.
They have tried to recover some talent by stockpiling prospects and draft picks in these blockbuster trades. With the 2013 MLB Draft this Thursday, the Marlins have their first true chance to rebuild. Look no further than their struggles in previous drafts, combined with two clubhouse wide fire sales, to see why this team is so far from competing again.
Read on to see the five biggest draft busts in Miami Marlins history.
5. Jeremy Hermida
Jeremy Hermida was chosen with the 11th overall pick in the 2002 draft. He was an outfielder that showed a lot of potential coming straight out of high school. He has bounced around with four different clubs the past three years after never really putting it together for the Marlins. His career numbers in five years with the Marlins are a .265 average and 57 home runs. Not to mention, Cole Hamels and Matt Cain were available at that point in the draft.
4. Matt Dominguez
The Marlins took Matt Dominguez right out of high school 12th overall in the 2007 draft. They didn’t like the way he was progressing in the minors (a .256 hitter) and sent him over to the Houston Astros at the 2012 trade deadline for Carlos Lee. Dominguez is currently batting .236 as the everyday third baseman for the Astros. Jason Heyward went two picks after Dominguez, for the record.
3. Chris Coghlan
The Marlins thought they had the steal of the draft in 2006. They took Chris Coghlan 36th overall and he won Rookie of the Year in 2009, with a .321 batting average. This is one player the Marlins should have traded, since it has been a battle with injuries and poor performance with him. Never appearing in more than 91 games and never hitting higher than .268, it has been a tough four years for Coghlan. But hopefully, it is not too late to turn it around.
2. Chris Volstad
2005 was supposed to be the year the Marlins were ready to build their future and they started that by using one of their four first round draft picks to select Chris Volstad 16th overall. Volstad started off great in 2008, going 6-4 with a 2.88 ERA. Three years after that, he went 26-35 and had a career 4.59 ERA with the Marlins.
1. Josh Booty
Josh Booty was one of the best athletes coming out in 1994. He was a baseball and football star and the Marlins decided to draft him fifth overall, and persuaded him to leave football and stick with baseball. Booty had a career .198 minor league batting average in five seasons and only 30 career plate appearances in the majors. That led Booty to enroll at LSU and pursue a football career instead. The Marlins passed on Nomar Garciaparra, Paul Konerko and Jason Varitek during that draft.