MIAMI -- The Marlins selected a hard-throwing left-hander in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday, who has a tie to a player formerly in the organization.With the 13th overall pick, Miami went with Trevor Rogers from Carlsbad High School in New Mexico, who also happens to be
MIAMI -- The Marlins selected a hard-throwing left-hander in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday, who has a tie to a player formerly in the organization.
With the 13th overall pick, Miami went with Trevor Rogers from Carlsbad High School in New Mexico, who also happens to be the cousin of Cody Ross, a popular outfielder for the Marlins from 2006-10.
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"I always looked up to him as a kid," Rogers said of Ross. "He was like, if he could make it, I could make it. I worked hard every single day. He gave me tips, and to just have confidence in your ability. Just know you're going to have hard times, but to work through those hard times and be level-headed for the good times and the bad."
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The 19-year-old is the third high school pitcher the Marlins have taken with their first-round pick in recent years, joining Tyler Kolek (2014) and Braxton Garrett ('16).
The Marlins opted for Rogers, who is a Texas Tech commit, over some college pitchers who were on the board because the organization felt the lefty from New Mexico had the most upside. With Rogers still available, team owner Jeffrey Loria and president of baseball operations Michael Hill signed off on the pick.
"We felt there was the most impact here," vice president of scouting Stan Meek said. "Talking with Jeffrey and Mike Hill, they've always let us go where they think there's the most impact. This guy had the most impact going forward."
Rogers sports a fastball that has touched 97 mph, and he impressed the organization with his ability to throw strikes. The 6-foot-6 lefty attended the Draft in New York, and he was picked on his father, Mike's, birthday.
"He was acting like a kid in a candy store all week," Rogers said. "Went to Yankee Stadium for a game this week, I turned around and he's got tears rolling down his eyes. It's just this whole process. He's a very proud dad right now."
Rogers has a three-pitch mix -- fastball, changeup and slider. The rangy lefty dominated, throwing two no-hitters, including a perfect game, as a senior. The Marlins picked up on him last year at the Area Code games.
"When I saw him, I said to myself, 'This guy could literally be our pick,'" Meek said.
The Marlins have a pool of $9,375,500 to spend in the first 10 rounds, including $3,875,800 slotted for their first selection.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.