If there was one thing that the Miami Marlins needed to target in the 2013 MLB Draft, it was the corners of the infield. Miami selected Andrew Heaney last year and Jose Fernandez two years ago, laying down the foundation for the pitching staff for years to come. With Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton already set to roam the outfield, the Marlins needed to target an infielder.
Thursday night, the Marlins drafted someone that could play the hot corner for the team and could make the team in the next three years or so. Miami selected University of North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran with the sixth pick of the draft.
Looking at the Marlins’ top prospects within the organization, the Marlins do not have a solid third baseman in the organization aside from Avery Romero, who is currently in low-level Single-A Jamestown and could switch to shortstop. Moran is someone who the Marlins can rely on to develop quickly and make an impact in the lineup in just a few years. The Marlins need more young infielders to develop, and Moran fits the bill perfectly.
With the Tar Heels this season, Moran was named a Golden Spikes Award finalist, essentially college baseball’s Heisman Trophy. Moran is also helping the Tar Heels to a Super Regionals berth after defeating Florida Atlantic last week in a thriller.
Moran is batting .348 with a team-leading 13 home runs and 86 RBIs. The 6’3” junior from upstate New York was also a preseason All-American third baseman for the Tar Heels this season.
If the Marlins develop him correctly, he has the possibility of becoming a great no. 2 hitter in the Marlins’ future lineup.