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Thus far Marlins have selected: (blurbs from Baseball America)

 

Chris Volstad, RHP, Sr. R-R 6-7 195 PB Gardens High School, FL, Age: 19

Record 7-2, ERA 0.41, 69 IP, 24 hits, 8 BB, 98 K

Projectable frame, plus fastball command equal bright future

 

Aaron Thompson, LHP, Sr. L-L 6-2 190 Second Baptist HS Houston TX, Age: 18

Record 8-3, ERA 0.84, 66 IP, 38 hits, 35 BB, 133 K

Aggies recruit is draft?s most polished prep, but wants to gig ?em

 

Jacob Marseaux, RHP, Jr. R-R 6-2 190 McNeese State Jennings, LA, Age: 21

Record 5-3, ERA 3.25, 91 IP, 80 hits, 27 BB, 96 K

Comparisons to Roy Oswalt stem from body, heater, spike curve

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Volstad's good I'm fine with that pick. I don't like the pick of Aaron Thompson at 22. Marceaux is a fine player, but he's not worthy of a first round pick. I would've been fine with it if he was picked with our last 1st round compensatory pick or 2nd round pick, but not with the 29th pick. I'm also irked that Ellsbury and Teagarden were both available and we passed them up.

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Here's some more info on Chris Volstad:

 

Volstad is another towering righty from the Florida prep ranks. Built with a very strong but lean frame with square shoulders and a high waist that offer plenty room for more strength with maturity. Currently throws in the low-90s, and displays a great sinker with late, darting action. Despite his size, he is very balanced and repeats his delivery very well. He also exhibits great control. Given his stature, he's going to have to work hard to keep his mechanics in check to avoid serious arm injuries down the road. His mound composure is another big plus, as he keeps his cool and stays focused no matter what the situation. Committed to play for the Miami Hurricanes.

 

(From http://www.aflacallamerican.com/2004Game/R...id=45&a=Player)

 

Chris Volstad is one of the most intimidating pitchers in the country when on the mound. Chris joins high school teammate Mark Ortega on the east team. At 6?7, Chris had a stellar season with a 6-1 record and a .88 era. Over his three-year career, Chris has recorded 142 strikeouts and only 21 base on balls. He has a 7:1 strikeout to walk ratio, which is why he earned First Team All-County and Third Team All-State honors. He was Palm Beach Gardens? MVP this season. Chris is also a member of the National Honor Society with a 3.8 GPA.

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Marlins select Volstad with first pick

06/07/2005 1:28 PM ET

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

 

JUPITER, Fla. -- Never bashful to go with promising pitching prospects, the Marlins again went with a top-rated young arm with their first of three first-round picks Tuesday in the First-Year Player Draft.

 

With the 16th overall pick, the Marlins selected Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High School right-hander Chris Volstad.

 

Performing in the shadows of the Marlins' Spring Training complex in Jupiter, Volstad is a rangy 6-foot-7, 195-pounder who has a 94 mph fastball.

 

Going with Volstad with their first overall pick marks the third straight season the Marlins went with a pitcher in the first round. Their 2003 first-round pick, Jeff Allison, is currently on the disabled list because of a shoulder ailment. And their 2004 first-round choice, lefty Taylor Tankersley, is recovering from left shoulder tendinitis.

 

With three first-round picks for the first time in franchise history, the Marlins are in prime position to upgrade their Minor League depth. Along with their 16th overall selection, the Marlins also had the Nos. 22 and 29 choices because their free-agent losses of Armando Benitez to the Giants and Carl Pavano to the Yankees.

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I'm going to the Cyclones/Jammers game in Brooklyn and for the first time ever anywhere for me with credentials next month. These guys should be on the squad, right?

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Marceaux will be there, the high schoolers we'll probably be playing in the Gulf Coast League.

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I'm going to the Cyclones/Jammers game in Brooklyn and for the first time ever anywhere for me with credentials next month. These guys should be on the squad, right?

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Marceaux will be there, the high schoolers we'll probably be playing in the Gulf Coast League.

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K thanks, I'm just trying to make myself a little list of guys to look for.

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and another one.

 

Sean West

LHP Sr. L-L 6-8 195 Captain Shreve HS, Shreveport, LA, Age 19

 

Record 10-2, ERA 1.42, 84 IP, 57 hits, 13 BB, 130 K

 

Best of solid group of Louisiana lefties has projectable, athletic frame

 

Good lord this guy's 6'8" and Volstad is 6'7"

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As much as I like stockpiling good young arms, I would like to see the Marlins start getting some good hitting prospects (Adam Dunn kinda slugger, a SS like a Miguel Tejada type or a 3Bman)..Considering the big team's current struggles at the plate, what depth do the Marlins have (before todays draft) in the minors not counting Hermida and Stokes (who I doubt will ever play in Florida)...what other big hitters are coming up?

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As much as I like stockpiling good young arms, I would like to see the Marlins start getting some good hitting prospects (Adam Dunn kinda slugger, a SS like a Miguel Tejada type or a 3Bman)..Considering the big team's current struggles at the plate, what depth do the Marlins have (before todays draft) in the minors not counting Hermida and Stokes (who I doubt will ever play in Florida)...what other big hitters are coming up?

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you can never have enough good arms, plus you can allways trade a few arms for some good bats.... it seems were more successfull picking from the streets of venezula when it comes to bats anyway

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Guest Juanky

We finally picked a position player!

 

Brian Harvey is his name, so they probably thought he was a pitcher and hence his selection.

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As much as I like stockpiling good young arms, I would like to see the Marlins start getting some good hitting prospects (Adam Dunn kinda slugger, a SS like a Miguel Tejada type or a 3Bman)..Considering the big team's current struggles at the plate, what depth do the Marlins have (before todays draft) in the minors not counting Hermida and Stokes (who I doubt will ever play in Florida)...what other big hitters are coming up?

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you can never have enough good arms, plus you can allways trade a few arms for some good bats.... it seems were more successfull picking from the streets of venezula when it comes to bats anyway

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Hey, I'm all for stockpiling arms, but I would like to see that the Marlins are addressing minor league depth concerns at some point. Do we have a 3Bman being groomed a year or 2 away in case Mikey is hurt and Cabs for some reason does not play third (highly unlikely scenario, but what is the contigency?). Do we have a 2Bman ready in case Luis' injuries get worse? I like to see that the Fish have good position players almost ready to make an impact - it puts pressure on the big leaguers to keep their jobs. Maybe that's what the current line-up needs - the threat of youth looking to steal a job...

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Volstad's good I'm fine with that pick. I don't like the pick of Aaron Thompson at 22. Marceaux is a fine player, but he's not worthy of a first round pick. I would've been fine with it if he was picked with our last 1st round compensatory pick or 2nd round pick, but not with the 29th pick. I'm also irked that Ellsbury and Teagarden were both available and we passed them up.

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Teagarden's still available, Boras may help us more than hurt us...

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