Marlins Draft Report Card
Best Pro Debut: OF Eric Reed (9) has no problem hitting with wood. The 2001 Cape Cod League batting champ hit .317 with 26 steals in his first pro summer while reaching low Class A.
Best Athlete: OF Jeremy Hermida (1) has one of the best high school bats since Eric Chavez, plus hes an average runner with a strong arm. Reed can fly, but strength isnt a part of his game. OF Xavier Arroyo (7) has a wide array of tools and was Puerto Ricos top-rated prospect.
Best Pure Hitter: Hermida has a classic swing and an advanced approach. After batting .224 in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, he improved to .319 when challenged with a promotion to the short-season New York-Penn League.
Best Raw Power: 1B Robert Word (10) has more sock now but hell eventually be passed by Hermida, whos 31Ž2 years younger.
Fastest Runner: Reed has 75 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale. He can get to first base from the left side of the plate in 3.85 seconds.
Best Defensive Player: The Marlins rated SS Robert Andino (2) as the best defensive shortstop in the entire draft. He threw 92 mph off a mound, and has terrific hands and actions to go with solid range. He made just two errors in 18 pro games.
Best Fastball: RHP Ryan Warpinski (8) has rebounded from two elbow surgeries at Texas A&M to throw his sinker up to 93-94 mph. He also flashes a plus curveball and changeup at times. RHP Jimmy deMontel (12) has a similar fastball but not nearly as much feel for pitching.
Best Breaking Ball: RHP Trevor Hutchinson (3), whos still holding out though hes out of college eligibility, has a top-notch slider. Until Hutchinson signs, RHP Josh Johnsons (4) slider is the top breaking ball in Floridas class.
Most Intriguing Background: Hutchinsons brother Chad is a former Cardinals bonus baby and two-sport star at Stanford who gave up baseball last year and is now playing quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Unsigned C Nick Hundleys (5) father Tim is an assistant football coach at the University of Washington.
Closest To The Majors: Take your pick between former Texas A&M teammates Warpinski and Reed, though Hutchinson is farther along than either.
Best Late-Round Pick: SS/2B Kevin Randel (13) is a gamer who can do a little of everything. He started switch-hitting again after signing and showed more pop than the Marlins expected, hitting .277-7-27 in the NY-P. Hes very patient at the plate, drawing 49 walks in 69 games.
The One Who Got Away: Hundley has catch-and-throw skills, plus hes athletic and has power potential. Hes attending Arizona.
Assessment: Hermida once was associated with two of the first four picks, and getting him at No. 11 may look like a steal in a couple of years. The rest of this crop looks rather ordinary, though signing Hutchinson would help.
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