With their first selection of the day, the Marlins drafted Florida high school product Avery Romero in the third round (104th overall), a shortstop from Pedro Menendez High School (West St. Augustine). They followed that pick with OF Kolby Copeland, who was selected out of Parkway High School (Louisiana) in the Compensation B round (127th overall). The third pick of the day was OF Austin Dean from Klein Collins High School (Texas), taken in the fourth round (137th overall).
The Marlins had just one pick on the first day of the Draft, selecting LHP Andrew Heaney with the ninth overall pick. Heaney, a junior at Oklahoma State University, was the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and a Division 1 First-Team, All-American. He finished the current season with an 8-2 record and a 1.60 ERA in 15 starts. He also led the NCAA with 140 strikeouts in 118.1 innings. Heaney is an Oklahoma City native and graduated from Putnam City High School.
The Draft will conclude tomorrow with rounds 16-40 starting at noon.
Additional information is available on the team's official website, www.marlins.com and on www.mlb.com.
RD PICK PLAYER POS B/T HT WT DOB SCHOOL HOMETOWN
1 9 Andrew Heaney LHP L/L 6-2 174 6/5/91 Oklahoma State University Oklahoma City, OK
3 104 Avery Romero SS R/R 5-11 195 5/11/93 Pedro Menendez HS (FL) St. Augustine, FL
CB 127 Kolby Copeland OF L/R 6-0 190 2/5/94 Parkway HS (LA) Elm Grove, LA
4 137 Austin Dean OF R/R 6-0 190 10/14/93 Klein Collins HS (TX) Spring, TX
5 167 Austin Nola SS R/R 6-0 185 12/28/89 Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA
6 197 Anthony Gomez SS R/R 6-0 185 11/26/90 Vanderbilt University Nutley, N.J.
7 227 Ryan Newell RHP R/R 6-2 215 6/18/91 Shorter University Marietta, GA
8 257 Drew Steckenrider RHP R/R 6-5 215 1/10/91 University of Tennessee Lawrenceville, GA
9 287 Nicholas Wittgren RHP R/R 6-3 210 5/29/91 Purdue University Lafayette, IN
10 317 Ron Miller 3B R/R 5-11 205 1/7/94 Junipero Serra HS (CA) Los Angeles, CA
11 347 Matthew Milroy RHP L/R 6-2 185 10/5/90 University of Illinois Batavia, IL
12 377 Christian Rivera SS R/R 5-10 165 2/10/94 Escuela Nueva Superior HS Loiza, PR
13 407 Blake Logan RHP R/R 6-1 225 1/12/92 Eastern Oklahoma State Roff, OK
14 447 Michael Vaughn C R/R 6-2 190 12/19/90 Fresno Pacific University Peoria, AZ
15 477 Cody Keefer OF L/R 6-1 185 11/6/90 UCLA Davis, CA