After making a top choice pick in third baseman Colin Moran, the Miami Marlins did not pick again until the 35th pick of the 2013 MLB Draft. The Marlins, incredibly deep at the pitchers position, decided that the team would need another pitcher to add to the depth that they have.
With the No. 35 pick of the draft, the Marlins selected left-handed pitcher Matt Krook from St. Ignatius College Prep High School in California. In a class that was deep at pitching, especially in the early picks, the Marlins decided to forgo drafting any more position players in the first two rounds.
Krook is said to have great arm strength and is expected to develop more as he matures. His fastball touches 94 mph and with greater development of pitches in his arsenal, he can provide some serious insurance in the Marlins’ rotation. His curve and slider are expected to be MLB-calibre pitches by the time he is ready to be called up. With more reps during summer ball and throughout next season, he can become a top minor league pitcher in the farm system.
Krook will now have to make a tough decision. If the Marlins are willing to sign him, does he sign with Miami or does he continue to play college baseball at the University of Oregon? He has until July 12 to decide his fate.