The top Marlins Draft pick from every season

July 27th, 2022

Like most organizations, Miami has chosen its share of franchise leaders and busts with its first pick. Here's a look at every top selection in franchise history since 1992, when the Marlins picked a year before playing a Major League game.

2022: Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU (No. 6)
The switch-hitting Berry posted a .370 average, .464 on-base percentage and .630 slugging percentage with 15 homers and 48 RBIs for the Tigers after transferring from the University of Arizona, where he was named 2021 Collegiate Baseball National Co-Freshman of the Year. The 6-foot, 212-pound Berry has the best combination of hitting ability, power and plate discipline in college baseball. The question mark with him is his glove.

2021: , SS, Wake Forest (N.C.) HS (No. 16)
Already an above-average runner, Watson flashed further improved speed this spring, making him a legitimate threat on the basepaths. Though he could absolutely stick at shortstop, he has the quickness and arm strength -- and the offensive ability -- to play any number of positions in the field.

2020: , RHP, University of Minnesota (No. 3 overall)
Meyer matched Hall of Famer Paul Molitor as the highest selection in Golden Gophers history, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed his professional debut until 2021. His wipeout slider and mid-90s fastball have made him one of the top starters at the Double-A level.

2019: , OF, Vanderbilt (No. 4)
After getting drafted, Bleday went on to win the College World Series. He has been on the fast track ever since, participating in consecutive big league Spring Trainings as well as the alternate training site. Currently with Double-A Pensacola, Bleday is considered an advanced hitter with a disciplined approach.

2018: , OF, H.B. Plant (Fla.) HS (No. 13)
Scott continues to be younger than his competition, this time at High-A Beloit in 2021. He was the Bruce Sherman/Derek Jeter ownership group's first Draft pick.

2017: , LHP, Carlsbad (N.M.) HS (No. 13)

Rogers experienced ups and downs during a premature big league stint in 2020, but he has turned into a Rookie of the Year frontrunner with his performance this season. Rogers has been shattering or matching franchise rookie records in '21.

2016: , LHP, Florence (Ala.) HS (No. 7)

Like Trevor Rogers, Garrett was thrust into The Show because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Garrett, who underwent Tommy John in 2017, is still trying to develop at Triple-A after subpar results in the Majors.

2015: , 1B, St. Joan of Arc Catholic (Canada) SS (No. 12)

Naylor never played for Miami before being dealt to San Diego as part of the Andrew Cashner trade in 2016. He is in his third MLB season, second with Cleveland.

2014: , RHP, Shepherd (Texas) HS (No. 2)

Kolek could reach triple digits with his fastball, but he lacked command (6.8 walks per nine innings) during his professional career. Kolek finished with a 5-16 record and a 5.66 ERA in 64 games (39 starts), never pitching above the Class A level.

2013: , 3B, University of North Carolina (No. 6)

After being drafted, Moran spent 131 games with the organization before being dealt to the Astros in the Jarred Cosart and Enrique Hernández trade in 2014. He has played for the Pirates since '18.

2012: , LHP, Oklahoma State (No. 9)

Heaney was a midseason callup in 2014, going 0-3 with a 5.83 ERA in seven games (five starts). The Marlins sent him to the Dodgers that offseason as part of the Dee Strange-Gordon deal on Dec. 11. The Dodgers then moved him to the Angels that same day for Howie Kendrick. Heaney is still with the Angels.

2011: , RHP, Braulio Alonso (Fla.) HS (No. 14)

Niño was a beacon of hope for both the Marlins and South Florida community, living the American Dream as a naturalized citizen who had fled Cuba with his mother. Fernández, who passed away in 2016, was the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year, an NL Cy Young Award finalist and a two-time All-Star in parts of four seasons.

2010: , 1B, Westlake (Calif.) HS (No. 23)

A University of Miami commit, Yelich spent the first five MLB seasons of his career with the Marlins. Though Yelich won a Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger Award, he didn't become a perennial MVP candidate until he was traded to the Brewers in 2018.

2009: , LHP, Yukon (Okla.) HS (No. 18)

James never pitched above High-A in the Marlins' system, going 18-41 with a 4.67 ERA. James spent two seasons in the Rangers' organization before leaving baseball.

2008: , C, Patriot (Calif.) HS (No. 6)

Skipworth got just four MLB plate appearances in his career -- all in 2013. He played in 143 games for the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate before capping his pro days in the Reds' organization from '15-16.

2007: , 3B, Chatsworth (Calif.) HS (No. 12)

Dominguez played 17 games for the Marlins in 2011. He was dealt to the Astros for Carlos Lee on July 4, 2012, and appeared in another 345 games with the Astros and Blue Jays through '16.

2006: , RHP, Missouri State (No. 19)

Sinkbeil made just three MLB appearances in 2010, giving up three runs on two hits, with five walks and one strikeout. He never returned to The Show.

2005: , RHP, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) HS (No. 16)

Things were promising for the South Florida native, who posted a 2.88 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) during his rookie season in 2008. But Volstad had a 4.88 ERA in his next 88 starts before being traded to the Cubs for Carlos Zambrano and cash in '12.

2004: , LHP, University of Alabama (No. 27)

Tankersley had a 2.85 ERA across 49 appearances in his rookie season in 2006, but his peripherals -- a 4.15 FIP and a 1.44 WHIP -- were a sign of things to come. The reliever appeared in 119 more games in his MLB career, compiling a 5.49 ERA from 2007-10.

2003: , RHP, Veterans Memorial (Mass.) HS (No. 16)

Allison, the Baseball America High School Player of the Year, was the first player from Massachusetts to win the honor. He dealt with substance abuse during his professional career, and he never appeared above the Double-A level.

2002: , OF, Wheeler (Ga.) HS (No. 11)

Hermida made quite the first impression, blasting a pinch-hit grand slam in his first Major League at-bat in 2005. But it's hard to follow that up, as he performed below expectations with a .265/.344/.425 slash line and 57 homers across five seasons with the Marlins. Hermida was traded to the Red Sox for Jose Alvarez and Hunter Jones in '09, and his eight-year career ended in San Diego in '12.

2000: , 1B, Eastlake (Calif.) HS (No. 1)

González is the only No. 1 overall pick in Marlins history. They dealt him as part of a package for closer Ugueth Urbina, who helped the franchise win the 2003 World Series. González would go on to record 2,050 hits and 317 homers in a 15-year career.

1999: , RHP, Spring (Texas) HS (No. 2)

The flamethrower dealt with blister issues during his five seasons with the Marlins, but he pitched a shutout in Game 6 of the 2003 World Series to capture the organization's second championship and MVP honors. Beckett later was dealt to the Red Sox as part of a package for Hanley Ramirez in '05. He would go on to make the All-Star team three times and win a title in Boston in '07.

1998: , OF, West Brook (Texas) HS (No. 27)

Ambres never played for the Marlins, as he was granted free agency in 2004. He appeared in 80 MLB games with the Royals, Mets and Padres from 2005-08.

1997: Aaron Akin, RHP, Cowley County (Kansas) CC (No. 12)

Akin never pitched above the High-A level, going 9-20 with a 4.42 ERA in 60 games (45 starts).

1996: , OF, Cal State Fullerton (No. 9)

Kotsay debuted in July during the 1997 World Series run, but he did not play in the postseason. He spent parts of four of 17 big league seasons with the Marlins, slashing .280/.322/.411 with a .733 OPS in 468 games. Kotsay was dealt to the Padres in 2001 for Eric Owens and Matt Clement.

1995: Jaime Jones, OF, Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) HS (No. 6)

Jones never reached the Majors, playing 10 seasons in the Minors and another in Independent baseball.

1994: , SS, Evangel Christian Academy (La.) (No. 5)

Booty appeared in 13 games with the Marlins from 1996-98, then he quit baseball to pursue his football career. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2001.

1993: , RHP, University of Florida (No. 27)

Valdes went 1-3 with a 5.98 ERA in 14 outings (11 starts) from 1995-96. Montreal selected him off waivers that offseason, and he pitched in 130 more games with the Expos, Astros and Braves.

1992: , C, University of Miami (No. 28)

The Marlins' first Draft pick was a Fort Pierce, Fla., native, and he went on to win four consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1995-98. Johnson was behind the dish for the Marlins' first World Series championship run in '97. A two-time All-Star, including in 2001 in his return to the franchise, Johnson spent 12 seasons in the Majors.