Patience. If there was one word to describe the Marlins’ top pick, 6th overall, it would be patience. The fact that the Marlins got him at that spot shows the Marlins were rewarded for their patience.
Colin Moran was the ACC baseball player of the year in his third season at UNC. For the Tarheels, he is hitting .348/.478/.557 with 13 home runs. But it is his 60 walks to 22 Ks that has teams looking at Moran as the best pure hitter in baseball.
Concerns over whether or not he would stay at 3B may have caused him to slip. Or maybe there were just too many concerns about his lack of natural athletic ability. One thing is for sure, the Marlins got a position of need and are filling that spot with ability as well.
Moran is a cerebral hitter. He has a beautiful lefty swing. His teammates and coaches rave about his ability to stay ahead of his opponents in his approach and in selecting pitches. He grew up around BJ Surhoff, his uncle who was a patient, professional hitter in all of his years in Milwaukee.
What is really good about this pick is that the Marlins get great value. Moran was slated to be a top pick, if not the top overall. Most didn’t see him falling past 5th – but he fell to the Marlins at the 6th spot. They not only can possibly sign him quickly and for under value a bit, but because he is a college player he could move up the chain very quickly. Moran may even make his splash in 2014 or 2015.