The Miami Marlins only had the second-worst record in the majors last season compared to the worst team in baseball, the Houston Astros. Miami will have three picks in the first round with the most important pick being the second one. There are a ton of prospects with major-league potential in this year’s draft giving Miami a lot of options with its first pick.
More than likely, the Astros are going to select left-handed pitcher Carlos Rondon from North Carolina State. The Astros and Rondon have already talked as Rondon is considered to be the top pick in the draft. Houston already has incredible depth on its team, which will make it great for years to come. However, Miami needs more depth and cannot just go out and select a pitcher. This year, the Marlins need to be a bit smarter with this pick.
There are two real options for the Marlins at this point. Miami could either select Tyler Kolek, the right-handed pitcher from Shepherd High School in Texas, or the Marlins could go with a catcher in Alex Jackson from Rancho Bernardo High School in California.
Kolek makes sense because he is the next best available and having two great left-handed pitchers in your system is never really a bad thing. Jackson is a logical choice, because the latest crop of Marlins catching prospects have not worked out and Jarrod Saltalamacchia is in his first year of a three-year deal.
Miami cannot blow this pick. It could be vital to the rest of its potential plans for the future.