The Miami Marlins have the No. 2 pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. The draft is top-heavy with pitching prospects this year and any pitcher a team takes will help them in the future. Luckily for Miami, the organization does not necessarily need a pitcher and the Houston Astros technically do after going with Carlos Correa and Mark Appel in its last two drafts.
If Houston decides to go with either Carlos Rondon or Brady Aiken with its first pick, it leaves the Marlins open to selecting a hitter. The best hitter on the board according to a lot of baseball insiders is catcher Alex Jackson. He is coming out of high school, which would make the pick a bit sketchy, but with a highly-touted scouting report, he could pay his dividends quickly.
Miami has Jarrod Saltalamacchia locked up for the next three years. Hopefully if the Marlins do go with Jackson, it would take him two and a half years to develop as a catcher ready to overtake the role left by Saltalamacchia. Jackson is said to possess the best raw power of any batter in this year’s class. Place him in a lineup with Giancarlo Stanton and a slew of young batters (hopefully), and Jackson could produce some big numbers.
However, with the injury to Jose Fernandez, if Miami decides to go with a pitcher, Rondon, Aiken and even Tyler Kolek can be options. All three pitchers sit on the top of insiders’ boards and will be just as impactful as Jackson would be.