The Miami Marlins have had some pretty good drafts in the past couple of years. Jose Fernandez and Andrew Heaney will most likely dominate the rotation in a few years while the younger Marlins’ batters will start to come together during that time as well. In two or three years third baseman Colin Moran will hone the hot corner at Marlins Park.
Moran was drafted out of North Carolina in last year’s MLB Draft and is quickly making strides to become a top prospect in all of baseball. Moran spent the majority of his first season of minor-league ball with Single-A Greensboro of the South Atlantic League. Moran played in 42 games batting .299/.354/.442, hitting four home runs and driving in 32 RBI. He only committed six errors defensively as well. He played so well that Miami sent him to play in the Arizona Fall League with Heaney to gain even more experience playing with some of the top prospects in all of baseball.
The 21-year-old did not perform overly great in his first year at the fall league. He managed to drive in 10 RBI in 22 games. His ability to learn from other players and gain experience playing against other highly-touted prospects like Kris Bryant is what Moran will gain the most from.
There is not doubt that he will be the Marlins third baseman in the future, the only question is when. Miami has a stop-gap in place in Casey McGehee and if Moran can perform even better than his 2013 debut, he might be a contender to start in 2015.