With the ninth-overall pick, the Marlins selected Oklahoma State lefthander Andrew Heaney. Marlins scouting director Stan Meek lives in Oklahoma and has drafted players from the state before, most recently high school righthander Mason Hope in the fifth round last year, catcher J.T. Realmuto in the third round in 2010 and lefthander Chad James in the first round in 2009.
But Heaney isn't the pick here because he's from the Sooner State, he's the pick because he's the best player on the board. Heaney ranked No. 10 on our updated draft board, but it's no surprise that the Marlins preferred Heaney over injured high school righthander Lucas Giolito.
Heaney's fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range and touches 95. He was among the leaders in the country in strikeouts this season and should move through the minor leagues quickly.
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