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Miami Marlins sign fourth-overall Draft pick JJ Bleday 

Club also Signs Competitive Balance Pick Kameron Misner, 12th-Rounder Chris Mokma
July 12, 2019

MIAMI – The Miami Marlins today announced the signing of first-round draft pick JJ Bleday, an outfielder out of Vanderbilt University who was taken fourth overall in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The club also announced the signings of OF Kameron Misner (Competitive Balance Round A, #35 overall) and

MIAMI – The Miami Marlins today announced the signing of first-round draft pick JJ Bleday, an outfielder out of Vanderbilt University who was taken fourth overall in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The club also announced the signings of OF Kameron Misner (Competitive Balance Round A, #35 overall) and RHP Chris Mokma (Round 12, #351) ahead of today’s deadline for signing 2019 draft picks.

Miami signed 31 of its 41 selections in its 2019 Draft class, including its top 19 picks.

Bleday, 21, capped his three-year career at Vanderbilt with a College World Series championship last month. For his career with the Commodores, he batted .328 with a .471 on-base percentage in 154 regular season games, with 26 doubles, 31 home runs, and 104 RBI. He walked 120 times, and struck out just 102 times. In his junior season this year, including the SEC tournament and CWS, he batted .347 with 82 runs scored, 14 doubles, a triple, 27 home runs, and 72 RBI. He led all Division 1 players in home runs this year.

He was rated by MLB.com as the best outfield prospect in the 2019 Draft. Bleday was named 2019 SEC Player of the Year, and was a finalist for the 2019 Golden Spikes Award, which is presented to the nation’s best amateur baseball player.

The Marlins selected Misner with the first pick in Competitive Balance Round A. Misner, 21, was rated by Baseball America as the sixth-best outfield prospect (26th overall) and has “the best all-around tools among college players in this MLB Draft,” according to Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline. During his three years at Missouri, he hit .301 (164x544) with 31 doubles, four triples, 21 home runs, 91 RBI, and 109 walks. This year, his junior season, he posted a .286 (59x206) average with 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 32 RBI, 54 walks and a .440 on-base percentage in 57 games.

For additional information on the 2019 Miami Marlins, please visit Marlins.com

MIAMI MARLINS 2019 DRAFT CLASS – FINAL SIGNING UPDATE

(signed players in bold italics)

RD PICK PLAYER POS B/T HT WT DOB SCHOOL HOMETOWN
1 4 JJ Bleday OF L/L 6-3 205 11/10/97 Vanderbilt Panama City Beach, FL
CBA 35 Kameron Misner OF L/L 6-4 219 1/8/98 Missouri Poplar Bluff, MO
2 46 Nasim Nuñez INF S/R 5-9 160 8/18/00 Collins Hill HS Lawrenceville, GA
3 82 Peyton Burdick OF R/R 6-0 210 2/26/97 Wright State Batavia, OH
4 111 Evan Edwards INF L/L 6-0 200 6/21/97 North Carolina State Greensboro, NC
5 141 Evan Fitterer RHP R/R 6-3 195 6/26/00 Aliso Niguel HS Aliso Viejo, CA
6 171 MD Johnson RHP R/R 6-6 185 7/7/97 Dallas Baptist Red Oak, TX
7 201 Bryan Hoeing RHP R/R 6-6 225 10/19/96 Louisville Batesville, IN
8 231 Tevin Mitchell OF R/R 6-1 170 5/2/97 UC Santa Barbara Clovis, CA
9 261 Evan Brabrand RHP R/R 6-3 190 11/23/95 Liberty Raleigh, NC
10 291 JD Orr OF L/L 5-11 185 9/11/96 Wright State Mount Vernon, OH
11 321 Anthony Maldonado RHP R/R 6-4 200 2/6/98 Bethune-Cookman West Palm Beach, FL
12 351 Chris Mokma RHP R/R 6-4 190 2/11/01 Holland Christian HS Holland, MI
13 381 Zach King LHP L/L 6-6 212 4/30/98 Vanderbilt Spring Hill, TN
14 411 Easton Lucas LHP L/L 6-4 180 9/23/96 Pepperdine Simi Valley, CA
15 441 Javeon Cody OF R/R 6-3 205 7/29/99 Alvin CC Decatur, GA
16 471 Andrew Nardi LHP L/L 6-2 190 8/18/98 Arizona Simi Valley, CA
17 501 Troy Johnston OF L/L 5-11 205 6/22/97 Gonzaga Puyallup, WA
18 531 Dustin Skelton C R/R 6-0 202 7/31/97 Mississippi State Olive Branch, MS

19 561 Nate Rombach C R/R 6-4 215 11/26/00 Legacy HS Arlington, TX
20 591 Thomas Rowan C R/R 6-1 200 11/08/95 UC Santa Barbara Santa Ynez, CA21 621 Jhonny Felix RHP S/R 6-1 180 9/4/98 West. Okla. State JC Boston, MA
22 651 Codie Paiva RHP R/R 6-5 215 6/27/97 Loyola Marymount Pearl City, HI
23 681 Nic Ready INF R/R 6-3 220 2/13/97 Air Force Dallas, TX
24 711 Jeff Lindgren RHP R/R 6-1 200 9/17/96 Illinois State Champaign, IL
25 741 Jack Strunc INF R/R 6-0 190 6/26/96 Creighton Highlands Ranch, CO

26 771 Brandon McIlwain OF R/R 6-1 195 5/31/98 UC-Berkeley Newton, PA
27 801 Casey Combs C R/R 6-2 195 7/29/96 East Texas Baptist Southlake, TX
28 831 Lorenzo Hampton OF R/R 6-5 225 8/8/97 Florida International Miami Lakes, FL

29 861 John Baker RHP R/R 6-3 207 2/23/98 Ball State Hartland, MI
30 891 Joey Steele RHP R/R 6-2 195 11/15/95 San Francisco San Marino, CA31 921 Parker Noland INF L/R 6-1 195 3/23/01 Farragut HS Knoxville, TN
32 951 Josh Simpson LHP L/L 6-2 190 8/19/97 Columbia Stafford, CT
33 981 Zachary Owings INF L/R 6-1 195 12/17/97 Eastern Michigan Saline, MI
34 1011 Brock Love RHP R/R 6-1 210 10/15/96 Alabama Gadsden, AL

35 1041 Torin Montgomery INF R/R 6-3 225 5/2/01 Lake Washington HS Kirkland, WA
36 1071 Julian Infante INF R/R 6-3 210 9/24/96 Vanderbilt Miami, FL37 1101 Tyler Causey INF L/R 6-6 205 4/5/01 Nation Ford HS Fort Mill, SC
38 1131 Tyresse Turner INF S/R 5-9 160 1/5/00 Gahr HS La Palma, CA
39 1161 Evan Justice LHP L/L 6-4 190 7/7/98 North Carolina State Richmond, VA
40 1191 Kade Mechals RHP R/R 5-11 180 10/28/97 Grand Canyon McMinnville, OR
FA Kale Leach RHP R/R 5-11 6-4 240 6/8/97 CSU Monterey Bay Elk Grove, CA

College Pitchers: 13 (9 RH, 4 LH) College Catchers: 3
High School Pitchers: 2 (2 RH, 0 LH) High School Catchers: 0
Total: 15 (11 RH, 4 LH) Total: 3

College Infielders: 5 College Outfielders: 8
High School Infielders: 1 High School Outfielders: 0
Total: 6 Total: 8
Positional Breakdown – Signed Players (Including UDFA)

College Pitchers: 16 (11 RH, 5 LH) College Catchers: 3
High School Pitchers: 2 (2 RH, 0 LH) High School Catchers: 1
Total: 18 (13 RH, 5 LH) Total: 4

College Infielders: 5 College Outfielders: 9
High School Infielders: 5 High School Outfielders: 0
Total: 10 Total: 9
Positional Breakdown – Full Draft Class