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Marlins Draft Redux: 2001

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With the draft quickly approaching, I figured I would take the time to look at the Marlins first 5 rounds of each draft since 2000. We will focus on what the Marlins saw in these kids, what they have done, and where they are currently. We will also look at which players were taken after them who are currently in the major leagues.

Here is Draft Redux 2000

The bad news is that 2001 was probably our worst draft ever. The good news is that because of that draft, we have some current players on our team via trades.

In 2001 we did not have a 1st round pick because we went out and signed Charles Johnson as a free agent. So we lost our pick to the Chicago White Sox because CJ was a type A free agent. He was coming off a season where he hit .304/.379/.582 with 31 homeruns in just 128 games. Taken in the first round that would have been there had we not signed CJ were Oakland SS Bobby Crosby, Detroit SP Jeremy Bonderman, and Mets 3b David Wright. Not a huge deal considering CJ, at the time, was supposed to be the anchor to help the young pitchers for the next few years and that's what he was until we traded him to Colorado before the 2003 season.

In the second round the Marlins decided on 6'3, 240lb righthander Garrett Berger. The righthander out of Carmel HS, in Carmel, Indiana threw in the low 90s and had a very repeatable delivery. He was one of the bigger kids to come out of high school as well. The Marlins signed him to a $795,000 signing bonus. Berger then went out and injured his elbow and didn't throw a pitch again until 2003. Clearly unable to rebound from that injury, he had a 9.15era in 19.2 innings for the Gulf Coast League Marlins to with a 2.59whip. He was soon released. The Brewers signed him for 2004 but released him as well. He then pitched in the Independant League and for the Tigers before calling it quits after 2005. A terrible choice but to soften the blow a bit is the fact that the best pick of round 2 (after our pick) is Oakland pitcher Dan Haren.

The third round came and the Marlins went with another pitcher. This time Allen Baxter out of Varina HS, in Richmond Virginia. They signed the 6-4 righthander for $450,000 and he quickly made a splash for the GCL Marlins. As an 18 year old he went 2-3 with a 2.38era and a 0.97whip. He started off his sophomore campaign with a 3.06era in 17.2 innings before blowing out his elbow. He wouldn't pitch again until 2004. Again, clearly not recovered from the injury, he would struggle for the next few years before the Marlins released him at the end of the 2006 season. Only guy worth a damn that was taken after Baxter would be Chase Wright of the Yankees. Then again, besides serving up back to back to back to back homeruns to the Red Sox a few weeks ago, he may not become much of a pitcher anyway.

The Marlins selected Chris Resop with their pick in the 4th round (122) overall, except as a hitter not a pitcher. They drafted Chris as an outfielder and after.196/.246/.278 in 270 at bats, he was tried out as a pitcher. That seems to have been a good decision. Chris quickly ascended through the minor leagues and made his big league debut just 2 seasons after he became a pitcher. In 135 games he compiled a 10-4 record with a 3.00era and a 1.15whip. This past winter, Resop was traded to the Angels in exchange for reliever Kevin Gregg. Kyle Davies, of the Braves, is probably the best player taken after Chris in the 4th round.

That brings us to the 5th round where we took a 6-4 lefthanded pitcher by the name of Tyler Lumsden. Unfortunately for us, we didn't sign him. He then went to Clemson and was a first round pick of the White Sox in 2004. He is turning himself into a pretty good prospect, with a combined 14-6 record to go with a 3.04era and 1.38whip in his minor league career thus far. There's no one in the 5th that we should have taken over him. In fact we probably should have taken him sooner.

A very weak draft for the Marlins. We drafted Adam Bostick in the 6th (sent to NYM in the Owens/Lindstrom deal) Jeff Fulchino in the 8th, and Nic Ungs in the 12th. We'll see if 2002 went any better.
 

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Stephen Drew was an 11th round pick of the Pirates in 2001...he didnt sign. Irrelevant but interesting to me.
 

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Completely forgettable, but not necessarily regrettable, draft.
 

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I must say I really enjoy these threads Ramp. The baseball amateur draft is probably the biggest crapshoot of them all as it takes so much development for 95 percent of players to reach the majors, even in minor roles.

It is shocking though how some organizations can't see to hit on hitting prospects while others, like the Angels, Dodgers, and D-Rays seem to stockpile them.
 

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