In the 2018 MLB Draft, the Miami Marlins have the 13th pick in the draft. The Marlins have had a rough off season losing four of their starters to trades. They are trying to rebuild the franchise by getting some of the top prospects in the minor leagues and draft. The Marlins have already landed some top prospects like Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison and Sandy Alcantara. Now, they need to draft some players who could make it to the show in a few short years. Miami really needs pitching so here are three pitchers that the Fish might consider selecting in the first round.
RHP Jackson Kowar- Florida
The University of Florida has done a tremendous job of coaching up some of the top pitchers in college baseball. The Gators will likely have two pitchers go in the first round. Both of those pitchers would be great pickups, but it seems like the Fish would likely have a chance to draft one of them. The Florida pitcher Miami should consider drafting is Jackson Kowar. The junior RHP is a tall but skinny pitcher with loose arm action and a lot of room to grow. Kowar has a power fastball that sits from 93-95 mph and tops out at 97. He also has one of the best changeups in the draft and has good command on all of his pitches. Kowar would likely be a very solid #2 or #3 pitcher in the rotation. Kowar would be a great addition to the rotation with Sandy Alcantara and Jorge Guzman.
RHP Kumar Rocker- North Oconee HS (Georgia)
This would be a huge steal for the Miami Marlins. The Perfect Game All-American pitcher was considered to be one of the top picks in the first round. Somehow, his draft stock has dipped a little bit and the Fish could be in play. Kumar Rocker is a 6’5” 250 pound right-handed pitcher with a big power arm. Rocker is one of the hardest throwers in the draft. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and tops out at 98 mph. He has good command on his fastball and can throw it on both sides of the plate. Rocker also throws a mid-80s slider with good sharpness and command. Rocker might not make it to the Show quickly but he’s a pitcher with ace stuff. There’s not many pitchers in the draft with a 98 mph fastball with good control and a plus breaking pitch.
LHP Ryan Rolison- Ole Miss
Another SEC pitcher that should be on the Miami Marlins’ radar is Ryan Rolison. He is a sophomore left-handed pitcher out of Ole Miss. He was the #1 prospect in the state of Tennessee coming out of high school. Rolison is a crafty left-handed pitcher with a pretty solid fastball and good command on his pitches. His fastball sits in the high-80s and tops out at 91 mph with great movement. Rolison also has a great curveball with big but late break on it. He also throws a changeup but doesn’t throw it that often as it is still developing. Rolison would be a very nice addition to the Marlins rotation as they could use some lefty arms that could really make an impact in the bottom of the rotation.