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Woods earns Marlins' pick with raw talent

Woods earns Marlins' pick with raw talent

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Woods earns Marlins' pick with raw talent

The Marlins used the 112th overall pick to add outfielder K.J. Woods on Friday in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Woods is a high-risk, high-reward player. He won't turn 18 until July, but he is already listed at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds.

"Woods is a big, strong, physical, left-handed power hitter," Stan Meek, the Marlins' VP of scouting, said. "We think the power's really good there."

Woods gave up playing football and basketball in high school to shift his focus entirely to baseball.

The biggest question surrounding himis whether he will be able to turn his raw talent into usable skills.

His best tool is his power, but he may have to adjust his approach at the plate to unlock it in games. His swing has a tendency to get long, leading to strikeouts.

For all his physical gifts, Woods has below-average speed. He probably is athletic enough for right field, but first base may be his ultimate position. He is committed to Santa Fe Community College in Florida.

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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