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Fixing the Franchise: The Miami Marlins – The 2019 MLB First Year Player Draft

Heading into the draft I was unsure of the approach I wanted to take. Should I go after the immediate impact talent – or do I seek out the long-term best choice for my franchise? After an unimpressive 2018 season, I was lucky enough to have the #4 pick in the 2019 First Year Player Draft.

Before reading about the draft, you can catch up on where we are at this season in the links below:

A Brief History
Spring Training Through Opening Day
March and April
May

Round 1

I had the fourth pick in the draft. The Orioles were on the clock first, followed by the Royals and White Sox. I was in a great position to get an impactful player for my franchise at the #4 spot.

1.) Baltimore Orioles – Woody Romero – SP

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The Orioles started the draft off by taking a big lefty arm out of Pennsylvania. Woody Romero projects to be a high-velocity guy. Currently, he has below average control. The Orioles are hoping they can figure that out so he can become the ace of their staff in the future.

2.) Kansas City Royals – Norm Worthing – 3B

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The Royals targeted this 22-year old to man the hot corner at Kauffman Stadium. Norm Worthing projects to destroy lefties at the plate. He currently does not have a ton of power, the Royals are hoping to develop that quickly so they can bring him up to the big league club.

3.) Chicago White Sox – Russell Girard – SS

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The White Sox went after Russell Girard with the third pick of the draft. Girard is a speedy shortstop. He projects to have an above average bat with average power from the right side of the plate. I was puzzled to see Girard go this high – it seemed like a reach to me, especially with where his current overall was projected at.

On The Clock

I wanted to take a high potential guy, so what I did was sort by potential. Knowing that I couldn’t botch this first pick, I also had to make sure that I took a guy that my scouts had thoroughly taken a look at. I was determined to take the best player available. Below was a list of players that fit that build:

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Now after taking a look at the scouting reports I was down to two guys – Harvey Sheehan and Carlos Alvarado.

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Both players were projected with a high potential. Sheehan was projected to be a switch-hitting contact second baseman. He was an older guy, attending a 4 year school, entering the draft at 22 years old.

Alvarado on the other hand was projected as a power hitting backstop. He was much younger and also scouted at a current higher overall rating. Many of his defensive skills were also projected to be elite.

While my roster was now limited at second base, I only have two in the entire organization – I feel like this was still a no-brainer. I had to take the 18 year old catcher out of Puerto Rico.

4.) Miami Marlins – Carlos Alvarado – C

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Projected to be an average contact hitter with well above average power against righties and lefties – Alvarado can be my backstop for many years. He already has above average power at the plate. His fielding is also above average and projects to be elite. He just needs some time to work on his arm accuracy. It won’t be long before he finds his way to the Major League roster.

Competitive Balance Round A

1.) Miami Marlins – Pablo Valenzuela – C

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Another catcher for the Marlins? Absolutely – especially when they project to be as good as Pablo Valenzuela. He is a good contrast to Alvarado, with Valenzuela being a contact hitter. He projects to develop above average power. His defense is similar to Alvarado’s as well, as he is already a well above average fielder. Pablo also has pretty decent speed for a catcher. At just 18 years old – I am set at the catcher position for a while.

Round 2

4.) Miami Marlins – Matt Dudley – CF

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I wanted to take a pitcher in this round, but I was unable to pass up Matt Dudley. A speedy outfielder with a big frame. He already has elite speed and should grow to become an above average major league hitter. At the very least he can become a fourth outfield option in the future.

Round 3

4.) Miami Marlins – Derrick Meyer – CP

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Somehow Derrick Meyer was still available in the 3rd round. He has a high ceiling. He also projects to have elite velocity and high strikeout potential. He is young and still needs to develop his control and breaking stuff – Meyer will get there and become an elite closer for the Marlins if given time.

Round 4

4.) Miami Marlins – Esteban Ibarra – CF

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At this point just about every player I had thoroughly scouted was gone. With the brief look my scouts took, Esteban Ibarra was the best option. Another speedy center fielder, this one from the Dominican Republic. A solid contact hitter who currently would grade out to be a Major League caliber fielder. Ibarra could be useful on my 40 man roster for a September call-up.

Round 5

4.) Miami Marlins – Chad Marquez – CF

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Chad Marquez was the guy on the board with the highest potential left. He was older – at 22 years old – but the brief scouting report I had showed me an unbelievable hitter with incredibly speed. This was the third CF I took in this short draft, but I was going with the best player available approach.

Round 6

4.) Miami Marlins – Mike Sterling – RP

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Mike Sterling had a decent scouting report with high projections – but this was a total crapshoot for me in the 6th round. Hopefully he can become a serviceable reliever down the road.

Results

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Round 1 – Carlos Alvarado – C

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I was hoping for A potential – but overall I am satisfied with this pick. At just 18 years old – Alvarado is already better than many starting catchers in the league. He comes in even higher than we had him scouted at overall. He already shows great power at the plate and is a very good fielder. It is also nice to have a catcher with durability that high.

Comp Round A – Pablo Valenzuela – C

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Another pick that I am incredibly happy with. High potential and a solid overall at just 18 years old. He is currently a decent hitter and a great fielder. Durability is a bit of a concern. Valenzuela is right about where we had him scouted at so that is nice to see.

Round 2 – Matt Dudley – CF

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Matt Dudley is speedy and aggressive on the bases. His overall is a bit low – we scouted him around a 65 overall. He is still young, hopefully he can develop across the board so we can use him on the Marlins in a few years.

Round 3 – Derrick Meyer – CP

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Derrick Meyer was a great surprise and incredible value pick in the 3rd round. He comes away with a 97 potential – the second highest potential in the entire draft. He is young and projects to be an elite closer for my organization.

Round 4 – Esteban Ibarra – CF

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Esteban Ibarra comes in as a solid pick in the fourth round. He is an above average fielder with above average speed. If he can develop a bit more at the plate he could find himself on the Marlins at some point in the next few years.

Round 5 – Chad Marquez – CF

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Of all the outfielders in my draft class – Chad Marquez is the best. He is also a bit older than the other guys – at 22 years old. The Cuban slugger has great contact and unbelievable speed. His fielding is quite terrible. It is too bad I am not an A.L. organization – for now he just projects to be a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner for my Marlins. I may have to get creative with where I hide him on the field.

Round 6 – Mike Sterling – RP

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Mike Sterling was a decent pick in the final round of this draft. He has OK potential and decent stuff for a 19 year old. We will have to see where he develops over the next few seasons. I can see him finding a spot on the Major League bullpen at some point.

Around The League

I wanted to see how I did against other clubs. I am curious to gauge how my top pick – Carlos Alvarado – compares to the other top picks over the course of their careers.

Round 1

1.) Baltimore Orioles – Woody Romero – SP

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Woody Romero comes away with a decent overall and high potential. He may take a few years before he is truly ready for the big leagues. The Orioles are quite terrible. Hopefully they don’t rush Romero and waste his potential.

2.) Kansas City Royals – Norm Worthing – 3B

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Norm Worthing is a good contact hitter – against lefties. He has a lot to work on – and he is already 22 years old. I see this as a reach at the #2 pick and the Royals might regret this in the future.

3.) Chicago White Sox – Russell Girard – SS

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The Chicago White Sox reached big time with the #3 pick of the draft. Russell Girard has a very low overall rating. His only true assets at this point are his speed and durability. He needs to improve across the board to even see success at the Major League level.

9.) Atlanta Braves – Harvey Sheehan – 2B

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Harvey Sheehan came away with the highest potential – at 99. My first round pick came down to Sheehan and Alvarado – I really hope I don’t regret this in the future. Sheehan is older but very well could find himself in the Braves lineup this season.

28.) Milwaukee Brewers – Derrick Munro – RF

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The greatest talent in the draft. The Brewers came away with an absolute stud. Derrick Munro can do it all. He is deadly against right handed pitchers. He has elite speed and solid arm strength. He will be an immediate impact player for Milwaukee. I had a chance to take Munro with my first pick – but balked at the chance because of his low potential.

Round 6 – 29.) Oakland A’s – Adrian Perez – SP

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The best pitcher in the draft – taken in the 6th round by the Oakland A’s. Adrian Perez is already good enough to find his way onto the back end of the starting rotation for most Major League squads. His potential is not very high – but there is no doubt that he is talented and can contribute immediately.

Draft Grade

I definitely played it safe with this draft, and I am pretty happy with the outcome. I took solid players with my first two picks, and found some great value in the middle rounds. I am set at catcher for the future – both Alvarado and Valenzuela will be solid talent at the Major League level.

Draft Grade: B+


– Buzz

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