Florida Marlins

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 23 Christian Yelich OF Westlake HS, Westlake Village, Calif. Calif. $1,700,000
Yelich first gained widespread scouting attention in the summer of 2008, when he put on an eye-opening batting practice display with wood bats at a Major League Scouting Bureau showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. Bryce Harper overshadowed Yelich that evening, driving several balls off the batter's eye or into the parking lot, but Yelics held his own and has produced other highlights since then, such as the long, opposite-field homer he hit in 2009 off Tyler Skaggs, an Angels supplemental first-rounder last year. Tall (6-foot-3), angular and projectable and possessing a sweet lefthanded swing, Yelich is far more athletic than the usual lumbering first-base prospect, with above-average speed. He consistently runs a 6.75-second 60-yard dash in showcase events, and shows both range and a nifty glove around the bag. That kind of athleticism usually signals a position change, but Yelich has a below-average throwing arm that limits him to first. A Miami recruit, Yelich does not project to have the profile power organizations prefer in a first baseman, but he should develop into an above-average hitter with fringe-average power, along the lines of a James Loney or Casey Kotchman.
2 73 Rob Rasmussen LHP UCLA Calif. $499,500
In his first collegiate start against UC Santa Barbara in 2008, Rasmussen got hit on the foot by a crackling line drive through the box. He continued to pitch, but later came out and discovered the foot was broken. That is the type of competitiveness scouts love in Rasmussen, a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder who was the only junior in UCLA's weekend rotation this year, behind sophomore flamethrowers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. Taken by the Dodgers in the 27th round of the 2007 draft, Rasmussen's draft stock for 2010 received an enormous boost with his 2009 summer performance, when he went 4-0, 1.80 in the Cape Cod League. He stumbled out of the gate in 2010 but rebounded to average 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings and a nearly 4-1 strikeout-walk ratio. Rasmussen's arsenal consists of four pitches: a 91-93 mph fastball, a slider, a changeup, and an old-fashioned, over-the-top, two-plane low-70s curve. His command difficulties can be traced to inconsistent mechanics and a tendency to rush his delivery. Despite his smaller frame, Rasmussen comfortably profiles as a back of the rotation starter or situational lefthander, where his breaking balls would be deadly.
3 104 J.T. Realmuto SS Albert HS, Midwest City, Okla. Okla. $600,000
Catcher/shortstop J.T. Realmuto set national high school records this spring with 88 hits and 119 RBIs. A 6-foot-1, 190-pound righthanded hitter, he has an unorthodox style at the plate. He has a wide stance and leans the bat behind his right arm, an approach that may not work against better pitching or with wood bats. He has good bat speed and the ball jumps off his bat. A quarterback who led Carl Albert High to the state 5-A football title in the fall, Realmuto has arm strength and good actions in the field. If he can stay behind the plate, that will enhance his value. His set-up makes it unclear how high he'll go in the draft, and if he doesn't turn pro he'll head to Oklahoma State. He's the nephew of Cowboys wrestling coach John Smith, who won two Olympic gold medals and has guided Oklahoma State to five national championships.
4 137 Andrew Toles OF Sandy Creek HS, Tyrone, Ga. Ga.
Toles, the son of former Tennessee and NFL linebacker Alvin Toles, is an undersized center fielder with above-average speed. A lefthanded hitter, his arm is his only other above-average tool. He generates good bat speed and shows a knack for making contact, but he has a lot going on at the plate, including a hitch that can throw off his timing. The ball jumps off his bat and he should produce gap power. He needs work on his defense in center field, and while he's a good runner under way he is sometimes tenative and isn't smooth going back on balls. He attends the same high school that produced Brent Brewer and Calvin Johnson.
5 167 Robert Morey RHP Virginia Va. $150,000
One Cavalier to make a name for himself against Strasburg was Morey. He went six innings in that game, allowing five hits, three walks and no runs while striking out nine. He was 9-2, 3.14 in 86 innings this season with 66 strikeouts and 33 walks as Virginia's Saturday starter. His fastball sits around 90-91 mph, though he can touch higher early in games. Against Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament he touched 95 mph but dropped off quickly and got knocked around. Morey competes enough to go deep in games, as he averages better than six innings a start. His second-best offering is a slider that is inconsistent but shows flashes of being a good pitch. He's a good athlete, but at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, scouts can't project him to add much to his arsenal.
6 197 Rett Varner RHP Texas-Arlington Texas $125,000
Righthander Rett Varner redshirted at Brigham Young in 2007 and turned down the Cubs when they took him in the 34th round as a draft-eligible sophomore a year ago. After a slow start, he came on strong in the second half, showing a better feel for pitching with a heavy fastball that peaks at 96. He also throws a good changeup, and a late-breaking slurve that lacks consistency. His 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame is another positive in his favor.
7 227 Mark Canha OF California Calif. $300,000
Canha has long been known to scouts in Northern California based not only on his talent but also his ability to produce, first emerging as a sophomore at Bellarmine College Prep, the alma mater of Pat Burrell, when he led the West Catholic Athletic League in home runs. That's no small feat as the WCAL is the top conference in Northern California and one of the top conferences in California. He is a strapping 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and has a good combination of athleticism, strength, skill, and tools. That combination, along with his history of performance, makes Canha one of the safest picks in this draft. He can drive the ball out of the ballpark from pole to pole, and his power to right field really stands out. He's a good bet to hit for average and run production, with a realistic expectation to produce average power. He throws and runs slightly above-average and can man either outfield corner spot, as well as first base, drawing comparisons to Michael Cuddyer.
8 257 Alan Oaks RHP Michigan Mich. $25,000
Oaks was the best high school hitter in Michigan and a Tigers 50th-round draft pick as an outfielder in 2006. He was predominantly an outfielder in his first three seasons with the Wolverines and clubbed a regional-winning homer off David Price as freshman, but he never made consistent contact at the plate. Michigan used him as a two-way player last year, and he became a full-time pitcher and its Friday night starter this spring. Though the righthander tired down the stretch after tripling his previous career high with 92 innings, scouts say he's legitimate and might have been a top-five-round pick had he moved to the mound earlier in his career. In the first half of the season, Oaks worked in the low 90s and touched 94 mph with his fastball while flashing an average slider and changeup. He uses his high-three-quarters arm slot and 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame to work down in the strike zone. He threw too many sliders, however, and topped out at 91 with diminished command and secondary pitches by the end of the year. Once he gets more innings under his belt, his build should lend itself to durability. He has enough stuff to make it as a starter, or profiles well as a late-inning reliever.
9 287 Austin Brice RHP Northwood HS, Pittsboro, N.C. N.C. $205,000
Righthander Brice was the big mover in North Carolina's prep ranks this spring, and area scouts and crosscheckers converged on his small high school to see him face Matt Roberts and Graham High. As the spring went on, Brice had thrown some 93-94 mph fastballs, attracting attention after he sat in the upper 80s earlier. Roberts took Brice deep in that matchup, and Brice's velocity wasn't at its best. His secondary stuff is raw, with his curve ranking ahead of his nascent changeup. Brice has a good pro body at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, with a quick, loose arm contributing to projections that he'll show his good velocity more regularly in the future. He's a solid athlete who could be a good college hitter (as a third baseman) and is at least an average runner, if not a tick above. He's an Appalachian State recruit, but scouts said they wouldn't be surprised if he ended up Pitt CC, the state's best junior-college program.
10 317 Aaron Senne 1B Missouri Mo. $25,000
Senne projected as a possible third-round pick before the 2009 season, but he dropped all the way to the Twins in the 32nd round after catching draftitis and batting .305 with six homers. After remaking his stance by coming out of a crouch and lowering his hands, he batted .400 with 16 home runs this spring and established himself as a quality senior sign. Missouri's all-time leader in hits, doubles, extra-base hits and total bases, Senne is a 6-foot-2, 199-pounder with lefthanded power. He played right field in his first three seasons with the Tigers and has more than enough arm for the position. He doesn't run well or take good routes, however, so he moved to first base in 2010.
11 347 Grant Dayton LHP Auburn Ala.
12 377 James Wooster OF Alvin (Texas) JC Texas
13 407 Kentrell Dewitt OF Southeastern (N.C.) JC N.C.
14 437 Danny Black 2B Oklahoma Okla. $125,000
15 467 Ryan Fisher OF UC Irvine Calif.
16 497 Randy LeBlanc RHP Covington (La.) HS La.
LeBlanc has gone from unknown to a potential early-round pick this spring. After throwing 87-88 mph last summer and fall, he suddenly jumped to 90-92 mph and topped out at 94. He has a quick arm with more projection remaining in his lean 6-foot-5 frame. He has the makings of a good breaking ball for a second pitch, but he'll need polish. LeBlanc's changeup is in the rudimentary stages and he'll need to clean up his delivery. He flies open and falls off toward first base, giving hitters a good look at his pitches. Scouts agree that he has considerable upside, but they aren't sure whether he's ready for pro ball or would be better off heading to college for the next stage of his development. Originally committed to Louisiana State-Eunice JC, he drew the interest of several four-year schools this spring and accepted a scholarship from Tulane--which could make him a tough sign.
17 527 Zach Neal RHP Oklahoma Okla.
Neal began his college career at Sam Houston State before transferring to Howard (Texas) JC, where he went 13-0 and was part of a 63-1 national championship team in 2009. He has had no trouble making the jump from juco ball to the Big 12 Conference. He seized Oklahoma's Friday-night starter job, and the Sooners won 12 of his 14 regular-season starts this season. Neal works at 88-93 mph with his fastball and holds his velocity into the late innings. His No. 2 pitch is a tight slider, and when he's at his best opponents have trouble telling it apart from his heater. He also has a changeup and a show-me curveball. He throws tons of strikes, and though he's just 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds, he does a good job of pitching down in the zone. Scouts love the way he competes, and he has gone 36-4 during the last four springs. Neal went undrafted in 2009 because of his commitment to Oklahoma, but he should be signable as a fifth- to seventh-rounder this June.
18 557 Corey Goudeau RHP Frank Phillips (Texas) JC Texas
Righthander Corey Goudeau didn't start pitching until his junior year in high school and had to walk on at Frank Phillips JC, but he has emerged as one of the best juco arms in Texas. Six-foot-2 and 205 pounds, he has the potential for two plus pitches in his 88-92 mph fastball and his slider. He has committed to Alcorn State for 2011 but is considered signable.
19 587 Dallas Poulk 2B North Carolina State N.C.
20 617 Alfredo Lopez SS Compton (Calif.) JC Calif.
21 647 Ken Toves LHP New Mexico N.M.
22 677 Jeremy Heatley RHP Arkansas Ark.
23 707 Blake Treinen RHP South Dakota State S.D.
Treinen didn't play in an official game in the first three years of his college career, serving a stint on the junior varsity team at NAIA Baker (Kan.), not playing baseball at Arkansas and sitting out 2009 at South Dakota State after transferring. He has been a revelation this spring, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound righthander with a fastball that tops out at 94 mph. He's still learning to pitch, so his hard breaking pitches and command need refinement, but he has more potential than the typical Dakotas prospect. He went 7-0 in the regular season before Oral Roberts routed him with 14 runs in four innings in the Summit League tournament.
24 737 Gregg Glime C Baylor Texas
25 767 Mike Ojala RHP Rice Texas
Righthander Mike Ojala had a chance to go in the top five rounds of the 2009 draft, but that went by the wayside when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. He postponed Tommy John surgery until after the season, winning games in the Conference USA tournament and the regionals before going under the knife. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has made a swift comeback, regaining his trademark hammer curveball and his 87-91 mph fastball. His curve is good enough that it alone could make him an effective big league reliever. After turning down the Brewers as a 34th-round pick a year ago, he could go in the top 10 rounds as a quality senior sign.
26 797 Todd Muecklisch SS Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
27 827 Brandon Cunniff RHP Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
28 857 Chad Keefer C Louisiana-Lafayette La.
29 887 Viosergy Rosa 1B Odessa (Texas) JC Texas
30 917 Zach Robertson LHP Iowa Iowa
31 947 Taiwan Easterling OF Florida State Fla.
32 977 Eddie Rodriguez C Oregon Ore.
Catcher Rodriguez consistently gets the bat on the ball and is a good receiver but had to work through a case of the yips this spring. He runs well for a catcher and has an average arm.
33 1007 D'Andre Toney OF Hardaway HS, Columbus, Ga. Ga.
34 1037 Steve Dennison LHP Wheaton (Ill.) Ill.
35 1067 Taylor Ard 1B Mount Hood (Ore.) JC Ore.
First baseman Ard hit .496/.581/.848 with wood last year and was the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges player of the year, but he didn't get drafted. Then he went out and batted .387/.489/.595 in 111 at-bats in the West Coast Collegiate League, winning the league batting title and ranking as the league's No. 3 prospect. He played for the Corvallis club in the West Coast League and then committed to Oregon State, but he decided not to enroll and returned to Mount Hood. He got just six at-bats this spring after breaking the hamate bone in his left wrist during preseason batting practice. Ard's raw power is his calling card, grading out as well-above-average for some scouts. Some said a few balls he hit last summer traveled nearly 500 feet. His overall hitting rates as fringe-average. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Ard has a baby face and is still maturing. A team that liked him last summer could try to make up for last year and sign him away from Washington State, his new commitment.
36 1097 Jared Rogers RHP Rice Texas
37 1127 Chris Squires RHP Indiana Ind.
38 1157 Forrest Moore LHP Mississippi State Miss.
39 1187 Sam Bates 1B Crowder (Mo.) JC Mo.
40 1217 Dustin Emmons RHP UC Riverside Calif.
41 1247 Seth Maness RHP East Carolina N.C.
42 1277 Jonathon Crawford RHP Okeechobee (Fla.) HS Fla.
In contrast, Okeechobee High's Jonathan Crawford keeps growing at 6-foot-2 and close to 175 pounds, and he has more looseness in his arm. He has reached 93 mph and has a chance for more as he gets stronger.
43 1307 Matt Tracy LHP Mississippi Miss.
44 1337 Tyler Abbott LHP Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif. Calif.
45 1367 Jeremy Weber RHP Chaffey (Calif.) JC Calif.
46 1397 Daniel Johnston OF Canada (Calif.) JC Calif.
47 1427 Travis Huber RHP JC of Southern Idaho Idaho
Southern Idaho's top prospect is 6-foot-3 righthander Huber, a freshman with a power arm out of the bullpen. He sits 88-90 mph and touches 92 with a sharp slider.
48 1457 Beau Wright LHP Orange Coast (Calif.) JC Calif. $125,000
49 1487 Cody Lavalli RHP Granite Hills HS, Apple Valley, Calif. Calif.
50 1517 Dan Carney 1B Notre Dame HS, East Stroudsburg, Pa. Pa.