Ten players the Marlins could consider taking with the sixth overall pick in the draft, with expert analysis from Baseball America and ESPN’s Keith Law:
1. Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
• Baseball America: “He shows everything scouts look for in a frontline pitcher. Appel has improved every year at Stanford and dominated as a senior, and he should move quickly through the minor leagues.”
Keith Law: “One knock on him last year was that his delivery was so clean that hitters could pick the ball up too easily, but that wasn’t the case when I saw him this year. He should go first overall to the Astros, and I cannot imagine he goes later than second to the Cubs.”
2. Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma
• BA: “Gray’s metamorphosis from a live-armed but chubby high schooler to a potential No. 1 overall choice is reminiscent of Stephen Strasburg’s.”
• Law: “Gray is a power-armed right-hander who exploded on the scene this spring with triple-digit velocity, a wipeout slider and better conditioning that has him in the mix for the top overall pick in the draft.”
3. Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego
• BA: “Bryant has shown huge raw power since his high school days in Las Vegas and has blossomed into college baseball’s premier slugger.”
• Law: “He can murder a good fastball, but I’m not sure how he’ll react to better off-speed stuff in the pros.”
4. Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina
• BA: “Scouts consider his hitting ability more advanced than his power, and he projects to have profile-plus power for third base.”
• Law: “Moran is the most advanced bat in the class this year … but faces questions about whether he can stay at third base and how well the swing will play in pro ball.”
5. Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada
• BA: “Shipley … pitches with a mean streak on the mound and is fearless when it comes to challenging hitters and owning the inner half of the plate.”
• Law: “Shipley is a converted shortstop who only became a full-time pitcher last year … but had a strong summer in Alaska and has brought that stuff forward into this spring, putting himself among the top-10 talents in the draft class.”
6. Austin Meadows, CF, Grayson (Ga.) H.S.
• BA: “Scouts have significant confidence in his bat, which projects to be formidable. He combines athleticism with one of the safest bats in the draft.”
• Law: “Meadows is an outstanding two-sport athlete who’s still a little raw on the baseball field, especially at the plate, but offers the kind of long-term upside that few players in this draft class can match.”
7. Clint Frazier, CF, Loganville (Ga.) H.S.
BA: “Frazier brings premium bat speed, solid athleticism and an all-out style, making him a strong contender to be the first high school player drafted this year.”
• Law: “Frazier has the best bat speed in the draft, some of the best I’ve ever seen on an amateur player, along with raw power and a playing style with a ton of energy, much of which makes up for his lack of physical projection.”
8. Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X (Texas) H.S.
BA: “His life and command with his heater make it even more dominating, but his best offering is a power, mid-80s slider with tilt.”
• Law: “Stewart has a scholarship to carry a clipboard for Johnny [Manziel] next year at Texas A&M, but should never set foot on campus except as a fan because his baseball future is so bright.”
9. D.J. Peterson, 3B, New Mexico
• BA: “Scouts gush about his hitting ability. He has short, hitter’s arms, tremendous bat speed and strength and always hits the ball on the screws.”
• Law: “Peterson … is one of the better pure bats in the class, but doesn’t have the upside of the hitting prospects ahead of him here and almost certainly ends up at first base in the long run.”
10. Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood H.S. (Texas)
• BA: “McGuire is a natural behind the plate. The question will be how much McGuire will hit.”
• Law: “McGuire is the best-throwing catcher in the draft class, routinely showing pop times to second base on his throws. … At the plate, however, he’s a real question mark.”
• Others who might be considered: Ryne Stanek (RHP, Arkansas); Hunter Renfroe (OF, Mississippi State); Trey Ball (LHP, New Castle (Ind.) H.S.).
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