As we all know the Miami Marlins have had a roller coast ride over the past five years or so. After trading basically their entire in the offseason last year, they have been fishing for depth desperately.
With high hopes going into the draft, the Marlins selected Connor Scott out of Plant High School in Tampa, FL. An outfielder who stands 6’4 and 180 pounds. The lefty was also a pitcher in high school and highly recruited to the University of Florida. Committing to be a Gator he was also ranked No. 18 overall in the MLB pipeline and the third highest outfielder by Baseball America. Scott is very silent at the plate when loading but explodes at the point of impact. Seems to have power to all fields with an above average arm from centerfield and decent speed to add to his strengths.
After the pick was in and his name was called, Scott heard Jeter’s voice welcoming him aboard. For the past five years, the Marlins have used their first round pick on a high schooler. All five have yet to make it to the show for the Fish.
The other two players the Marlins selected on Monday night are also high school players. Along with shortstop Osiris Johnson (53rd) and catcher Will Banfield (69th).
Being the first outfielder drafted in the first for the Marlins since Christian Yelich back in 2010, Scott seems to fit perfect within the mold of this Marlins outside. Speedy, strong defensively with a little bit of pop in their bat. Comparing to Lewis Brinson, the Marlins current centerfield, Scott looks to be the same player with potentially more power from the left handed side.
Hitting a total of .520 in his final year with 5 bombs in 20 games, Scott was also lights out on the bump. Going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 23 innings. All in all from the offensive side he hit .424 in 72 games in high school.
The Marlins look to sign Scott soon for a contract worth a little more than $4 million.
As for the other draft picks, Johnson, a 6’0 180 pound shortstop out of Encinal High School in California is a player with a lot of tools and has the potential to be better. Committed to Cal-State Fullerton, he is 17 years old and has high expectations in the future to help out this Miami team.
The third pick, catcher Will Banfield out of Brookwood High School in Georgia is a Vanderbilt commit with great potential behind the plate. The sky is the limit for him behind the plate and great signs with the bat in his hand. Banfield is a highly anticipated player that fans should be excited to see in the upcoming years.