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Development process underway for Draft picks

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ST. LOUIS -- Now that the 2018 MLB Draft has ended, the player development process begins. The way the Marlins have things outlined, the transition starts immediately.

The three-day Draft concluded on Wednesday, and in total, the Marlins selected 41 players in 40 rounds.

ST. LOUIS -- Now that the 2018 MLB Draft has ended, the player development process begins. The way the Marlins have things outlined, the transition starts immediately.

The three-day Draft concluded on Wednesday, and in total, the Marlins selected 41 players in 40 rounds.

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The Marlins made outfielder Connor Scott from Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., the 13th overall pick, and his pro career should get underway shortly.

Scott, 18, has already reached agreement on a deal with Miami, pending completion of his physical. With its first-rounder about to be in the fold, the organization is actively working towards signing as many of its picks as possible.

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In the upcoming days and weeks, the Marlins will indoctrinate those signed in the 2018 Draft class into the organization.

Gary Denbo, Miami's vice president of player development and scouting, said the organization has had its "Handoff Meeting."

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That's where the area scouts who recommended the players who were selected, get together with the player development staff to exchange information.

"We'll take every step possible to put our players in the best position possible to be able to have success in the organization," Denbo said. "So right now, it's just a matter of gathering information from our area scouts, and from the players themselves."

The player development staff sat in on the Draft, which ran from Monday to Wednesday. Attending were Dick Scott, the director of player development, and Chris Michalak, the Minor League pitching coordinator.

"We called it a 'Handoff Meeting' so the scouts are letting all of our player development people know," Denbo said. "They're letting them know any information they feel like they need to be able to start the individual player development plan that we develop for each one of our players in the Marlins' organization."

For example, area scouts are passing along information about pitchers selected -- like how many innings they've thrown, when they were last on the mound or picked up a baseball and if there are coaches in the players' background who may provide additional information.

Before officially signing, the players will complete their physicals.

"A lot of them will report to Jupiter and have physicals, and we'll get the development process underway immediately, as soon as we can get them signed, and hopefully on their way to being a Major League player," Denbo said.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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