This is the end of the road for an MLB scout. And the beginning for the baseball players being scouted.
The Miami Marlins today completed the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft, making the club’s final 30 selections in Rounds 11-40. In total, the Marlins drafted 18 pitchers, ten infielders, nine outfielders, and four catchers.
Over the past three days, the Marlins drafted 41 players, including using their first five picks on position players. It was the second consecutive year (third overall) that the Marlins selected five position players to begin the Draft in Franchise history (also, 1998).
Miami began the 2019 Draft by selecting outfielder JJ Bleday from Vanderbilt University with the fourth overall pick. The club then drafted outfielder Kameron Misner (35th overall) from the University of Missouri and infielder Nasim Nuñez (46th overall) from Collins Hill HS (Suwanee, Ga.) to cap the first day of picks.
Miami drafted outfielder Peyton Burdick from Wright State University with its first pick of Day 2. Burdick, 22, batted .407 with 18 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs, 72 RBI, and 60 walks in 59 games during his redshirt junior season at Wright State. He was named 2019 Horizon League Player of the Year as well as a second-team All-American.
The Marlins opened Day 3 with the selection of RHP Anthony Maldonado from Bethune-Cookman University in the 11th round. Maldonado, 21, has gone 19-11 with a 3.22 ERA in 41 appearances (39 starts) over his three-year college career. His 97 strikeouts in 2019 were tied for the most in the MEAC.