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Draft Report Card


Garrett Berger
Photo: Wagner Photography
FLORIDA MARLINS

Best Pro Debut: RHP Nic Ungs (12) has an 89-94 mph fastball, but what really stands out is his command. He didn’t walk a single batter in 61 innings in the short-season New York-Penn League, going 3-1, 1.62.

Best Athlete: Had OF/RHP Chris Resop (4) made it to the University of Miami, he would have been one of college baseball’s top two-way players next spring. As a position player he features four tools, with his ordinary speed the lone attribute that doesn’t stand out. If the Marlins ever decide to put him back on the mound, he has an 88-91 mph fastball and a plus breaking ball. Resop also started at quarterback for his high school before taking his senior year off to focus on baseball.

Best Hitter: Resop. SS Rex Rundgren (11) also has a projectable bat.

Best Raw Power: During a predraft workout, Resop hit a dozen balls into the club section of Pro Player Stadium.

Fastest Runner: The Marlins signed just two hitters out of the first 13 rounds, so they didn’t add much speed. Rundgren has average quickness, which is good as it gets with this group.

Best Defensive Player: Rundgren has good hands, arm strength and actions at shortstop.

Best Fastball: The good news is that RHP Garrett Berger (2), Florida’s top pick, threw as hard as 97 mph. The bad news is that he got hurt in instructional league and required Tommy John surgery. RHPs Allen Baxter (3), Lincoln Holdzkom (7) and Kevin Cave (15) all have reached 95. RHP/OF Jon Asahina, a 31st-round draft-and-follow from 2000, also has done the same.

Most Intriguing Background: Rundgren is the son of rocker Todd Rundgren. LHP Adam Bostick (6), who works in the low 90s, was more accomplished as a high school quarterback than he was as a pitcher.

Closest To The Majors: Florida went very young with this draft, so it won’t offer much help in the near future. Ungs’ control could help him move quickly. The highest-drafted player from a four-year college was RHP Jeff Fulchino (8), who has a live arm and has made progress in cleaning up his delivery.

Best Late-Round Pick: Not many teams realized that Cave was eligible for the draft as a Xavier sophomore.

The One Who Got Away: The Marlins were disappointed that they couldn’t finish a deal with projectable 6-foot-4 LHP Tyler Lumsden (5), who opted to go to Clemson.

Assessment: Most teams believed that the 2001 draft offered depth in high school pitching, and that’s the way Florida selected. The Marlins, who had the second and first picks in the previous two drafts, were the last team to pick this year. They lost their first-round pick after signing free agent Charles Johnson, then went after young pitchers. Though their system needs bats more than arms, they opted for the best players available on their draft board.

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