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Marlins in position to select impactful players

Miami's first pick in Monday's MLB Draft will be at No. 13
June 8, 2017

The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and at 6 p.m on Monday. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while will stream all 75 picks on Day

The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and at 6 p.m on Monday. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 1 p.m. ET. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on on Wednesday, beginning at noon ET.
Go to to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.
Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the Marlins, whose first selection is the 13th overall pick.
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In about 50 words
With three of the first 51 overall picks, the Marlins are positioned to add impactful players early. Thanks to a Competitive Balance Round A selection, Miami has the 13th, 36th and 51st choices. The additional selection has vice president of scouting Stan Meek and most of the front office, including president of baseball operations Michael Hill, on the scouting trail for potential targets.
The scoop
It's no mystery the organization covets pitching, and plenty of it. A college arm close to being big league-ready would be the ideal candidate. The question is whether one will fall to them at No. 13. If not, the organization is prepared to select the best overall players. Meek and his staff have the luxury of an extra high pick, so the organization can address several needs early.
First-round buzz
"Best player available" remains the club's philosophy, so the Marlins aren't ruling out high-school arms. In his June 1 Mock Draft,'s Jonathan Mayo projects Miami to take prep standout D.L. Hall, a left-hander from Valdosta High School in Georgia. Hall draws comparisons to Braxton Garrett, selected seventh overall by the Marlins in 2016. Griffin Canning, a right-hander from UCLA, is a college possibility, and so is David Peterson from Oregon. High-school right-hander, Shane Baz, from Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, Texas, also is speculated to go in the middle of the first round.
Money matters
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 $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.
Any team going up to five 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.
This year, 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.
Shopping list
Trades have depleted some of the top Minor League talent in the system in rececnt years. A year ago, prospects Josh Naylor, who played in the Futures Game, and Chris Paddock were shipped to the Padres in separate deals. An influx of players at all positions is pretty much needed. Still, the highest priority is pitching, and the closer they are to being big league-ready, the better.
Trend watch
Since 2010, Miami has gone with high-school players in the first round five of seven times. That trend may continue because of who is on the board. Unless a more impactful college pitcher is on the board, a prep pitcher may again be the choice.
Rising fast
Third baseman Brian Anderson, a third-round pick in 2014 from the University of Arkansas, impressed during Spring Training, and he is at Double-A Jacksonville. After a slow start, Anderson -- ranked the Marlins' No. 3 prospect by -- is starting to pick things up and could be a potential everyday big league third baseman.
Cinderella story
It's been lucky 13 for J.T. Riddle, Miami's 13th-round pick from the University of Kentucky in 2013. After opening the season at Triple-A New Orleans, the left-handed hitter now is Miami's regular shortstop with Adeiny Hechavarria (oblique strain) and Miguel Rojas (fractured right thumb) on the disabled list.
In the show
Several quality homegrown players are now in the big leagues, headlined by Giancarlo Stanton, the organization's second-round choice in 2007. Christian Yelich (first round) and J.T. Realmuto (third) were marquee picks in '10. A.J. Ramos went from being a 21st-round pick in '09 to an All-Star closer in '16. Relievers Nick Wittgren and Brian Ellington were part of the '12 class.
Marlins' recent top picks
2016: Braxton Garrett, LHP, shut down with a sore left elbow. Will join short-season Class A Batavia
2015: Josh Naylor, 1B, dealt to Padres as part of Andrew Cashner trade last July
2014: Tyler Kolek, RHP, close to joining Class A Greensboro after missing last year due to Tommy John surgery
2013: Colin Moran, 3B, now with Astros
2012: Andrew Heaney, LHP, now with Angels

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