MLB Draft : A Mock with Complete Analysis of Every Team
#7: Miami Marlins
Nick: Ian Anderson, Right-Handed Pitcher, Shenendehowa (N.Y.) HS
Ian Anderson seems to be the fastest rising prospect in the draft. This is because he is from New York, an area that scouts are typically late to due to the weather. The Marlins know that they can have all the hitters in the league, but without good pitching they will not win. They took Tyler Kolek two years ago, and need anothe upside arm to go with him. They get another high upside prep arm in Anderson.
David: Forrest Whitley, Right-Handed Pitcher, Alamo Heights High School (Texas)
The Marlins drafted high school arm when they selected Jose Fernandez and now with Jim jim Benedict working with the Fish, them taking another young arm shouldn’t be too surprising. Whitley, a prep arm, can become the next pitcher to move through the system and become a frontline starter leading with his low to mid 90s fastball. Whitley has the frame, 6’7” and 225 pounds, which is very projectable.
#8: San Diego Padres
Nick: Braxton Garrett, Florence High School, Alabama
The Padres and AJ Preller stripped their system in the 2014-2015 off-season. They now have to restock it. This will start with getting some arms back into the system. They traded Craig Kimbrel for Manuel Margot (OF) and Javier Guerra (SS) and James Shields netted them Fernando Tatis Jr, (INF). So they need to find a replacement for former top prospect left-handed pitcher Max Fried. Garrett is the classic left-hander sits in the low 90’s but has great secondary pitches. Will fit into Petco.
David: Braxton Garrett, Florence High School, Alabama
The always aggressive A.J. Preller will need to aggressive again as their farm system is weak. Garrett stands at 6’3” and 190 pounds with an incredible hook and solid fastball. As Groome grows into his frame, velocity should improve, and he will develop into a better over pitcher. Combine that with a ball park such as Petco, Garrett will do just fine.
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