Marlins will make 12th overall Draft pick count
With just one high selection, Miami understands maximizing is key
The 2015 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 75 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of Day 2 begins with a live Draft show at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with exclusive coverage of Day 3 beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 200 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of over 1,700 Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Unlike the past few seasons, the Marlins don't have extra picks at the top of the 2015 Draft. So the organization is stressing the importance of maximizing each pick, especially its top choice.
"You'd love to have extra picks as you go," Marlins vice president of scouting Stan Meek said. "We've just got to do a real good job of the guys we pick as far as the makeup of the player and the ability."
Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the Marlins, whose first selection is 12th overall.
In about 50 words
The combination of trades and players advancing to the big leagues has thinned Miami's system. The organization added some terrific athletes in the 2014 Draft. Restocking the system's pitching is a high priority, especially if the club can find some lefties.
After the first three or four picks, the Draft is expected to be wide open. So any number of players projected as high as No. 5 on some boards could slip to 12. Even if the Marlins go with a position player in the first round, the organization is targeting power arms in the early rounds.
"We've seen velocity," Meek said, "and we'll probably get our share of it. It is out there. All these bullpens out there, no one is throwing 91-92 [mph] out there.'"
Trent Clark, an outfielder from North Richland Hills, Texas, is a possibility. Other prep names include outfielder Garrett Whitley (New York), catcher Tyler Stephenson (Georgia) and right-hander Mike Nikorak (Pennsylvania). A couple of college outfielders worth noting are Ian Happ (Cincinnati) and Andrew Benintendi (Arkansas).
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club's selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. The signing bonuses for a team's selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $100,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.
Any team going up to 5 percent over its allotted pool will be taxed at a 75 percent rate on the overage. A team that overspends by 5-10 percent gets a 75 percent tax plus the loss of a first-round pick. A team that goes 10-15 percent over its pool amount will be hit with a 100 percent penalty on the overage and the loss of a first- and second-round pick. Any overage of 15 percent or more gets a 100 percent tax plus the loss of first-round picks in the next two Drafts.
Marlins' Bonus Pool
To sign their first 10 picks, the Marlins have been allocated a pool total of $6,766,400. It's a big drop compared to 2014. Last year, Miami had a pool figure of $12,741,700. Only the Astros had more dollars to spend. But the larger total then was because the Marlins were picking second overall, and they had extra picks up high. They had three of the first 43 choices.
Miami has no compensatory picks this year.
The Marlins have an allocation of $3,051,800 to spend on their top choice. But that doesn't mean the club will spend that entire amount on one player. The past few seasons, the club has signed high picks for less than recommended slot value and signed lower-round choices for above slot.
Left-handed pitching and power bats -- always hard to come by -- will be targeted. If not available, power arms in general and athleticism will receive extra attention.
The number of power arms in bullpens is increasing across the big leagues, and the Marlins have taken notice. There are a number of hard-throwing college pitchers who may not necessarily profile as starters but could be looked at as a reliever.
Recent Draft history
Brian Anderson is establishing himself as a potential third baseman of the future. A third-round pick in 2014, the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder from the University of Arkansas is showing good power and solid defense at Class A Jupiter.
A couple of picks from 2012 are also impressing at Jupiter. Outfielder Austin Dean (fourth round) and second baseman Avery Romero (third round) are considered "grinders" and both appear to have a bright future.
In The Show
A third-round pick in 2010, J.T. Realmuto had been tagged as the catcher of the future. The future for Realmuto is now, as he's Miami's regular.
Along with Realmuto, the Marlins have six more of their own picks on their 25-man roster -- Giancarlo Stanton (second round, 2007), Steve Cishek (fifth round, '07), Brad Hand (second round, '08), Tom Koehler (18th round, '08), A.J. Ramos (21st round, '09) and Christian Yelich (first round, '10).
The Marlins' recent top picks
2014: Tyler Kolek, RHP, Class A Greensboro
2013: Colin Moran, 3B, Traded to Houston (July 2014 in Jarred Cosart deal)
2012: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Traded to Dodgers (2014 Winter Meetings, then dealt to Angels)
2011: Jose Fernandez, RHP, 2013 National League Rookie of Year Award winner (On disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery)
2010: Christian Yelich, LF, Marlins