There is no doubt the Miami Marlins have to get first-round pick Tyler Kolek under contract. Kolek is a Roger Clemens-type pitcher who can top off at 100 mph with his fastball. The No. 2 pick in the 2014 MLB Draft is entering a farm system full of pitching potential. Miami is clearly building around pitching by selecting Kolek and opting to not go with catcher Alex Jackson.
The 18-year-old Kolek may reach the majors in three or four years as long as he chooses to sign with the Marlins. If he does chose to join the Marlins, Kolek will join a rotation with Jose Fernandez, Andew Heaney, Henderson Alvarez and possibly Nathan Eovaldi, Justin Nicolino or Anthony DeSclafani.
Everything really has to go right for the Marlins to have such a ideal rotation. The organization cannot go AWOL and blow the team up as has happened in the past. Owner Jeffrey Loria will need to open up his wallet and pay the players that benefit the franchise most: Fernandez, Giancarlo Stanton, etc.
Miami is tied for first in the National League East and has clearly been the best surprise of the year even with Fernandez being shelved. The way the franchise has been built up to this point is great considering the 2012 debacle and how bad last year’s team was. Reflecting on the Marlins organization, past and present, there really is hope for the coming seasons. Kolek represents the ever-changing youth movement in the Marlins’ organization and it is for the better.