While the Marlins get more and more comfortable in the cellar of the NL East, the team’s hope for a brighter future began Monday.
Miami used the No. 13 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft to select left-handed outfielder Connor Scott from Tampa Plant High School.
The 18-year-old, 6-foot-4, 180-pound Scott is considered one of the most athletic players in this year’s draft. During his senior year, in which he led his high school team to the regional finals, Scott batted .526 in 20 games with five home runs, four doubles, two triples, 20 runs scored and 19 RBI.
He also drew 17 walks while only striking out four times. Scott also some action as a pitcher for Tampa Plant.
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said that the franchise felt that Scott was the best player available at No. 13.
“In our evaluation, we took the most impactful player available at No. 13,” Hill said. “We, obviously, take everything into consideration, and Connor Scott checked all the boxes from our standpoint.”
“In Connor, we were so excited because you’re talking about an above-average runner,” Hill added. “We think he is going to be an above-average bat. He’s going to hit for power. In spacious Marlins Park, you’re going to have to be able to cover ground.”
The No. 13 pick is valued at just over $4 million, but the Marlins may have a tough time convincing Scott to sign since he could stay true to his commitment to play college baseball for the University of Florida.
“We’re hoping he wants to be a Miami Marlin, and he can start his professional career as soon as possible,” Hill said.
Marlins Picks More High Schoolers Monday
Scott wasn’t the only prep star that the Marlins drafted Monday, the team also selected California Encinal High School shortstop Osiris Johnson with the No. 53 pick and Georgia Brookwood High School catcher Will Banfield in the Competitive Balance Round B, No. 69 overall.
Johnson is the second cousin of former Philadelphia Phillies All-Star Jimmy Rollins.
“When you’ve got a premium athlete like Scott and Johnson, and then Banfield behind the plate, over time you find that premium athletes make adjustments much quicker as they go through their professional career,” Marlins vice president of player development and scouting Gary Denbo said Monday.
The slot value for No. 53 is $1,318,500, and the bonus money for the 69th pick is $894,600. To sign their top 10 round choices, the Marlins have $8,658,400 to spend.
The MLB Draft continues Tuesday (Rounds 3-10) and concludes Wednesday (Rounds 11-40).