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Marlins Draft Redux: 2002

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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.

Draft Redux 2000

Draft Redux 2001

Coming off a disappointing 2001 where the Marlins finished fourth in the NL East with a 78-86 record, the Marlins had the 11th overall pick in the 2002 draft. With that pick they selected Jeremy Hermida out of Marietta, Georgia. The Marlins signed the outfielder to a $2.012mil signing bonus. Jeremy received many comparisons to major league players including Paul O'Neill and Shawn Green. The smooth swinging lefty was said to have the sweetest swing in the entire draft. The 6'4 outfielder quickly made his mark for the Marlins. Although he struggled in his first 130 at bats for the GCL Marlins, he showed incredible plate discipline, something the Marlins raved about. The bat came around soon after that. In his first season of low-A ball at Greensboro, Hermida hit .284/.387/393 with 6 homeruns. He also stole 28 bases while only being caught 2 times. Everything was going according to plan but the lack of power was definitely a concern. The 2004 season was spent in high-A Jupiter where he finished with a .297/.377/.441 line with 10 homeruns. Heading into the 2005 season, Baseball America rated Hermida as their best prospect and he did not disappoint. 2005 would prove to be his best season to date with a line of .293/.457/.518 to go with 18 homeruns and a wonderul 23 steals to just 2 caught. He was named the Southern League's MVP after the season. Jeremy even got a call to the bigs in September of 2005 and promptly hit a grand slam in his first major league at bat. He came into the 2006 season as the Marlins Opening Day rightfielder. Being hurt most of the season with a hip injury, Hermida did not live up to expectations in his rookie year with just 5 homeruns to go with a .251/.332/.368 line. Hardly the worst debut ever, but definitely disappointing. I have absolutely no problems with this pick as Hermida should be our starting rightfielder for the atleast the next half decade. Other players of note taken after him are Padres SS Khalil Greene and Devil Rays pitcher Scott Kazmir (drafted by the Mets).

In the second round, the Marlins again went with a positional player. This time it was shortstop Robert Andino out of Southridge HS in Miami, Florida. Signing a $750,000 bonus, the main concern was if his bat would ever catch up to his glove. Andino has always been dynamic with the glove at shortstop, to go along with a real strong arm. Sometimes he has trouble with the easy plays, but for the most part he is a very good defensive shortstop. Needless to say, his defense was way ahead of his offense. He would be a near sure thing to make the majors(at worst as a utility guy) if he could just hit well enough. His 2 brief stints in the majors have been absolutely terrible. He is a combined 11/66 with 5 doubles and 13 strikeouts. He never had a season yet in which his OPS topped .725. Looking to hit for more power last season in the thin PCL air, Andino tied a career high with 8 homeruns but struckout 100 times. Robert also has been known to be a bit of a hot head as well. In 2005, he was sent to the Arizona Fall League where he was to be joined with other top prospects. He was told to work on his bat and just relax out there. Instead he was seen sulking in the dugout and clearly dogging it in the field. VP of Player Personnel Dan Jennings was sent out there by the Marlins and gave Robert a nice talking to. This didn?t help much. He had a chance to be the starting SS Opening Day 2006, but was outplayed by Hanley Ramirez. Players taken after Andino that proved to be pretty good prospects are Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester and Braves catcher Brian McCann. While Andino wasn't a bad choice, choosing a defense first short stop may have been, especially with that position becoming more of a run producer as well.

The Fish decided to go with a pitcher in the 3rd round, selecting righthander Trevor Hutchinson out of the University of California. In his senior season at Cal, Hutchinson went 7-5 with a 3.38era and a 1.20whip. He held out but eventually signed for $375,000 right before spring training started in 2003. Hutch had a bad allergic reaction to a bee sting that landed him in the hospital in July of 2003, but he came back strong to earn AA Southern League playoffs MVP by winning the clinching game. He was a much more advanced pitcher both physically and mentally than his teammates, even at AA Carolina. His best pitch was his heavy sinker anywhere from 88-92mph. To complement that pitch, he had a slider and changeup, both already serviceable pitches. Hutchinson had been on the fast track to the majors, and was scheduled to make his debut against the Cubs at Wrigley field in 2004, before a freak injury allowed Logan Kensing to get rocked up on the northside of Chicago. He had rotator cuff surgery in 2005 and missed all of that season. He rebounded a bit last season, albeit in high-A Jupiter where he wnt 3-3 with a 3.27era in 71.2 innings. He suffered from dead arm late in the year. He is still in Jupiter as of right now battling all sorts of nagging issues but should see Carolina at some point this year. If he can stay healthy and show that heavy sinker of his, he could see the bullpen soon. Luckily for the Marlins, there was no one of note taken after their pick in the 3rd round.

What's looking to be quite the steal in the 4th round, the Marlins selected Josh Johnson with the 113th overall pick. Drawing comparisons to a curent Marlin at the time, Brad Penny, they both even hailed from within miles of each other in Oklahoma. The Marlins loved his big frame to go with his 91-93mph fastball that reached 95. Although his changeup and slider needed alot of work, they believed that he could make both pitches as out pitches in the future. He was signed the 6'7 righty for $300,000 and he has not disappointed. As a 19 year old at Greensboro, he went 4-7 with a 3.61era and a 1.19whip. The following year at Jupiter he went 5-12 with a 3.38era and a 1.50whip. Coming off a 12-4, 3.87 season for Carolina in 2005, Josh got a taste of the big leagues and performed admirably there with a 3.65era in 12.1 innings. 2006 was truly his coming out party as he went 12-7 with a 3.10era and 1.30whip. He led the NL in ERA for most of the season before fading late. In the spring of 2007, he was diagnosed with an irritated ulnar nerve but he should be back by the All Star Break. No one of note was drafted after Josh Johnson but Cubs pitcher Rich Hill was taken one spot before him.

In the 5th round, the Marlins selected catcher Nick Hundley out of Lake Washington HS, in Kirkland, Washington. He ended up not signing with the Marlins and was re-drafted in the 2nd round of the 2005 draft by San Diego. There was no one of importance taken after him so it wasn't a big deal that we lost this pick.

We did manage to get Eric Reed in the 9th round out of Texas A&M, so that's nice.
 

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No mention of Scott Olsen taken in the 6th round?

scott who?
 

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No mention of Scott Olsen taken in the 6th round?
lololol.... I have Scotty bolded and circled on my notes, yet totally ignored him
 

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Probably our last "good" draft.

I know its way too early to tell but the 06 draft, as it stands, looks incredibly promising.
 

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That draft has produced another big leaguer-Travis Chick. This could be the Marlins best draft if Johnson, Olsen and Hermida stay healthy.
 

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That draft has produced another big leaguer-Travis Chick. This could be the Marlins best draft if Johnson, Olsen and Hermida stay healthy.
Chick hasn't done much yet, but yea, he made it to the show last year
 

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That sucks that we didn't sign Nick Hundley. That kid could have been our catcher of the future.
 

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That sucks that we didn't sign Nick Hundley. That kid could have been our catcher of the future.


Hundley has been pretty awful in the minors, I wouldn't even consider him a prospect. Brett Hayes>>>>>Nick Hundley.
 

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