With a roster that mixes some proven veterans (Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes) and young, up and coming stars (Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison)—the Marlins looked to continue to build towards a successful future.
Given the ninth pick in the draft, Miami had the luxury of a high first-round draft pick without the pressure of either selecting or missing out on a can't miss prospect that you would face in the top five.
Here are three Miami Marlins draft picks that could be fast risers to the big leagues.
Miami went with as safe of a pick as you can have in the MLB Draft when they selected Andrew Heaney ninth overall. Heaney has been highly touted since high school and was one of the top pitching prospects in the draft.
As one of the highest ranked lefties available, the Marlins felt the need to go with this pick which could pay off in the future. The term "pitchability" is thrown out a lot when you hear insiders describe Heaney.
He comes across as a reliable pitcher who could fit in the middle of the Marlins rotation in the next few years.
If he can continue to improve and develop his already impressive realm of pitches, he may find himself soaring through the Marlins minor league teams and finding his spot on the roster faster than anyone the team drafted.
Miami might have gotten a steal in picking Copeland with the 127th pick. Coming into the draft, Kolby Copeland was believed to have first-round talent.
He's a former quarterback who was one of the fastest risers going into the draft. Only 18 years old, Copeland has plenty of time to develop his offensive tools to one day earn a spot on the team.
The Marlins—however—hope he can develop at a much quicker rate.
In a recent Bleacher Report article by Mike Rosenbaum, he states:
His bat, more so his bat speed, is what has him pegged as a can’t-miss power prospect.
A left-handed hitter, Copeland takes healthy cuts and isn’t afraid to turn on the baseball. He employs an unusual loading mechanism that caters to his power, but could limit his ability to hit for average.
Austin Dean is committed to playing at the University of Texas which may prolong is arrival to the Marlins.
Another potential steal for the Marlins, as many had Dean listed in the top 100 prospects going into this draft. The Marlins got him at No. 137.
Dean has raw power and has a relentless style of play.
According to his scouting report on MLB.com
His size, bat speed and power potential lead to a Jonny Gomes comparison and the team that takes him will hope he lives up to that billing.
The Marlins would gladly take a player of this potential that deep into the draft. At 6'1" and 190 lbs., he's got some bulking up to do as well if he wants to enhance his already impressive power potential.