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Bulls on the Miami Marlins radar, Genord, Ragsdale, Eason.


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https://www.fishstripes.com/2018/12/4/18125639/marlins-2019-mlb-draft-targets-usf-south-florida-bulls-top-prospects-baseball-joe-genord 

The 2019 MLB Draft will be the Miami Marlins’ second draft under the Derek Jeter regime. In the first draft, the Fish focused up the middle by drafting outfielder Connor Scott, middle infielder Osiris Johnson and catcher Will Banfield during the early rounds.

In order to acquire even more impact talent this time around, the Marlins should put a special emphasis on scouting their own backyard. They are surrounded by some of the top high school prospects and colleges in the country. The state of Florida is a hot bed for baseball and has produced some of the best players in the game at all levels.

Here are three 2019 draft-eligible players from the University of South Florida who could hear their names called by the Marlins.

Joe Genord 

The top MLB Draft prospect for the USF Bulls is their first baseman Joe Genord. The junior out of Lake Worth, Florida is coming off a breakout junior season. Genord is a three-year starter for the Bulls and will be a key hitter in their lineup.

Carson Ragsdale 

The USF Bulls have a big right-handed pitcher in Carson Ragsdale who will be counted on out of the bullpen. The 6’8”, 221-pound right-handed pitcher has a lot of potential. As a freshman, Ragsdale made nine appearances and pitched 10 innings, striking out 16. He began to make a bigger impact last season, ranking fifth on the team in ERA. Ragsdale finished his sophomore season with 16 relief appearances (3.38 ERA, 21.1 IP, 11 BB, 24 K)

Connor Eason

Like Ragsdale, left-handed pitcher Connor Eason is another candidate for the USF Bulls closer role and among their top draft prospects. Eason started his collegiate career at Seminole State College and played one season for the Raiders. He started 12 games and pitched in 54 13 innings allowing 23 walks and striking out 71. During his first season at USF, he appeared in 15 games (all out of the bullpen). Eason had 20 innings pitched with a 2.70 ERA allowing six earned runs and struck out 15 batters.

 

I like ragsdale as a closer. I think Eason could end up being in the weekend rotation. Big joe will be Big Joe and that's always nice to have.

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Lord help them. Probably future Yankees if they pan out, as Jeter has turned the Marlins onto their farm team.

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