After the miserable 2013 season the Miami Marlins put together, the team was rewarded with the number two overall pick in Thursday’s draft. The Marlins used that pick to draft hard-throwing right-handed pitcher Tyler Kolek out of Texas.
Kolek is 18-years-old and stands 6’5”. His fastball has been clocked anywhere from 93-96 miles per hour, but has hit 100 miles per hour and above in the last year.
According to the MLB.com scouting report, Kolek has a strong curveball and “sharp slider” with more upside than his curveball. However, MLB.com said “the only real knock on Kolek is that his control and command have yet to catch up to his premium stuff.”
Kolek won’t be seeing the Majors anytime soon as the Marlins have plenty of quality young pitching throughout the organization. Given the Marlins’ depth at pitching, some of them may be on the way out of the franchise via trade as the team approaches being a serious contender in the National League East.