Marlins focus on hurlers, middle infield on Day 2
Club follows first-round high school righty with college lefty
MIAMI -- When Jose Fernandez heard his name called 14th overall during the 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Monday, he and the other 99 people at his house were surprised.
According to the right-hander, he and his advisors didn't think the Marlins would choose him leading up to the draft.
"I couldn't feel better. I'm really happy," Fernandez said. "It got me by surprise. No one knew that they were going to get me and they did. I'm really happy to go down there and try to do my best for the organization."
The 18-year-old senior from Braulio Alonso High School in Tampa believes that he will be a starter during his professional baseball career.
|1||PIT||RHP Gerrit Cole|
|2||SEA||LHP Danny Hultzen|
|3||ARI||RHP Trevor Bauer|
|4||BAL||RHP Dylan Bundy|
|5||KC||OF Bubba Starling|
|6||WAS||3B Anthony Rendon|
|7||ARI||RHP Archie Bradley|
|8||CLE||SS Francisco Lindor|
|9||CHC||SS Javier Baez|
|10||SD||2B Cory Spangenberg|
|11||HOU||OF George Springer|
|12||MIL||RHP Taylor Jungmann|
|13||NYM||OF Brandon Nimmo|
|14||FLA||RHP Jose Fernandez|
|15||MIL||LHP Jed Bradley|
|16||LAD||LHP Chris Reed|
|17||LAA||1B C.J. Cron|
|18||OAK||RHP Sonny Gray|
|19||BOS||RHP Matt Barnes|
|20||COL||LHP Tyler Anderson|
|21||TOR||RHP Tyler Beede|
|22||STL||2B Kolten Wong|
|23||WAS||RHP Alex Meyer|
|24||TB||RHP Taylor Guerrieri|
|25||SD||RHP Joe Ross|
|26||BOS||C Blake Swihart|
|27||CIN||RHP Robert Stephenson|
|28||ATL||LHP Sean Gilmartin|
|29||SF||SS Joe Panik|
|30||MIN||SS Levi Michael|
|31||TB||OF Mikie Mahtook|
|32||TB||SS Jake Hager|
|33||TEX||LHP Kevin Matthews|
He anticipates the thrill of playing at the new Marlins ballpark in front of the large Hispanic community in Miami when the time comes.
"It's going to feel great. I'm a hard worker and I go out there on the field to do my best and fight for my team," Fernandez said. "It's a dream come true right now."
Until then, Florida looked to its immediate future by drafting a collegiate player in the second round Tuesday afternoon.
Adam Conley, a left-hander from Washington State University, was taken as the 72nd overall pick, which marked the seventh-highest selection for a WSU player.
He led his team with six wins and struck out 83 batters while compiling a 3.50 ERA during the 2011 season. He also became the third Cougar taken by the Marlins, joining Chad Miles (1994) and Paul Gran (2008).
The breakdown of the Marlins' next 28 picks went as follows: one first baseman, one third baseman, two outfielders, two shortstops, three catchers, four second basemen, four left-handers and 12 right-handers.
Six of the first 10 picks -- and 24 of the first 30 -- were collegiate players.
Round 3, Conner Barron, SS, Sumrall H.S. (Miss.): Barron led his team in hits (51), runs scored (53), batting average (.490) and triples (four). He is a 2012 Southern Mississippi University signee and All-State selection.
Round 4, Tyler Palmer, 2B, Wayne County H.S. (Ga.): He also saw time at short and on the mound. In a regional title game, the 2012 University of Georgia commit allowed just three hits and struck out nine.
Round 5, Patrick Hope, RHP, Broken Arrow H.S. (Okla.): An alumnus of the same high school as former Marlin, Brad Penny, he also goes by the first name, Mason. He's listed at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds.
Round 6, Charlie Lowell, LHP, Wichita State University: A member of the Louisville Slugger Collegiate Baseball All-America third team, he earned Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year honors after going 10-5 with a 2.79 ERA. He struck out 124 in 103 1/3 innings.
Round 7, Ryan Rieger, 1B, College of the Sequoias (Calif.): The Central Valley Conference's unanimous vote for Player of the Year finished hitting .365 with seven home runs, 15 doubles, five triples, 31 RBIs, 35 runs and 17 walks.
Round 8, Daniel Oliver, RHP, Seminole State (Fla.): He went 7-2 with a 3.33 ERA. In 18 appearances, he had 11 starts. He struck out 85 in 73 innings.
Round 9, Austin Barnes, C, Arizona State University: The All-Pac 10 first team member hit .331 with one homer, 14 doubles, one triple and 15 RBIs.
Round 10, Scott Lyman, RHP, UC-Davis: The pitcher/outfielder went 3-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 15 starts. The 2010 Big West Conference honorable mention struck out 67 in 87 1/3 innings. He hit .250 with three homers and 18 RBIs.
Round 11, Jacob Esch, 2B, Georgia Tech University: He hit .319 with six homers, 23 doubles and 41 RBIs. Esch was named to the NCAA Atlanta All-Regional team in 2010.
Round 12, Ryan McIntyre, LF, California State Bakersfield: He was fourth on the team with a .309 average, two homers, 25 RBIs, 14 stolen bases and six triples.
Round 13, Josh Adams, 2B, University of Florida: The four-year starter hit .330 with five homers, 11 doubles and 40 RBIs. He was voted second-team All-SEC.
Round 14, Nick Grim, RHP, Monterey Peninsula College (Calif.): A 2012 California Poly commit, he went 6-3 with a 2.81 ERA and struck out 95 in 83 1/3 innings.
Round 15, Jhiomar Veras, RF, Western Oklahoma State College: As of May 24, he led the nation with a .503 average and 23 homers. He also drove in 74 runs.
Round 16, Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bellevue CC (Wash.): He collected four complete games in seven starts and finished 4-2 with a 2.36 ERA, striking out 53 in 45 innings.
Round 17, Derek Varnadore, RHP, Auburn: After transferring from Chattahoochee Valley Community College, he finished 6-2 with a 3.68 ERA and two complete games in 14 starts. He struck out 74 in 88 innings.
Round 18, Greg Nappo, LHP, University of Connecticut: A redshirt senior, he went 10-2 with a 2.55 ERA. In 88 1/3 innings, batters hit just .216 against him.
Round 19, Connor Burke, 2B, La Serna H.S. (Calif.): Also a member of his high school's football team, he makes hard contact and can also play in the outfield.
Round 20, Devon Reed, SS, Milford H.S. (Del.): A 2012 College of Charleston signee, he made the 2011 Delaware High School All-State baseball team.
Round 21, Charles Wier, RHP, Stephen F. Austin University: In 21 appearances -- two starts -- he went 3-1 with a 3.06 ERA. He also had one save. He struck out 30 in 35 1/3 innings.
Round 22, Collin Cargill, RHP, University of Southern Mississippi: The Conference USA second teamer went 6-4 with an 0.93 ERA and eight saves in 25 relief appearances.
Round 23, Tyler Higgins, RHP, Lansing CC (Mich.): Higgins was drafted in the 47th round (1,414th pick overall) by the Rangers in the 2009 draft.
Round 24, Mitchell Caldwell, C, Auburn University: The senior hit .332 with 13 doubles, seven homers and 44 RBIs as he made the All-SEC second team. He was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top collegiate catcher.
Round 25, Sean Donatello, RHP, University of Connecticut-Avery Point: In his most recent start, he went 8 2/3 innings and struck out nine as his team is a win away from the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series.
Round 26, Ryan Goetz, 3B, UC Riverside: The Big West Conference second-teamer ranked 18th in batting average (.318), 10th in slugging percentage (.453), fifth in hits (72), fourth in doubles (16), fifth in total bases (97) and first in assists (168).
Round 27, Frank Reed, LHP, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: He sat out two full seasons (2008-09) due to Tommy John surgery. The reliever finished 1-3 with a 4.86 ERA. He struck out 45 in 37 innings.
Round 28, Benjamin Mincey, RHP, East Carolina University: He went 6-4 with a 1.57 ERA. In 31 appearances, he made one start. He had three saves with 55 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings.
Round 29, Matthew Neil, RHP, Brigham Young University: He went 6-4 with a 2.42 ERA. The one-time Mountain West Pitcher of the Week had 20 appearances -- 10 starts -- and one complete game.
Round 30, Jose Behar, C, Florida International University: The senior hit .330 and started 49 games. He had five homers, 13 doubles and 31 RBIs.
Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft resumes at noon ET Wednesday on MLB.com, where fans will receive exclusive coverage of Day 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player. You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Christina De Nicola is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.