Team en­cour­aged by progress of draft picks

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nba Insider | Mlb - By Wells Dusen­bury South Florida Sun Sen­tinel wdusen­[email protected]­sen­tinel.com or Twit­ter @dusere­port

MIAMI — In the first year of its re­build and the team need­ing an in­fu­sion of young ta­lent, the Mar­lins have a lot rid­ing on the suc­cess of its most re­cent draft class.

Miami had four picks in the first 90 se­lec­tions of June’s MLB Draft, choos­ing out­fielder Con­nor Scott, short­stop Osiris John­son, catcher Will Ban­field and out­fielder Tris­tan Pompey. The early re­turns have been pos­i­tive as all four play­ers have quickly moved up from rookie league this sum­mer. Scott, John­son and Ban­field — who all came straight from high school — fin­ished the year in Low-A Greens­boro, while Univer­sity of Ken­tucky stand­out Pompey fin­ished in High-A Jupiter.

Speak­ing with re­porters on Fri­day, VP of Player of De­vel­op­ment and Scout­ing Gary Denbo said he’s been en­cour­aged by what he’s seen out of the young group.

“I was for­tu­nate to be around some re­ally good drafts with the Yan­kees when I was scout­ing with that team,” said Denbo, who was hired by Miami in the off­sea­son. “I feel as good about our top guys in this draft as I felt with any of those guys with any of the drafts we had with the Yan­kees — and there were some re­ally good play­ers run­ning through there.”

Here’s what Denbo had to say about some of the re­cent draftees:

Con­nor Scott, Plant HS, out­field, 13th over­all

2018 mi­nor league stats:

.218 / .309 / .296, 3 dou­bles, 4 triples, 9 SB

“We think he has a chance to be a good hit­ter. We think he has a chance to hit for power. He’s ob­vi­ously one of the bet­ter run­ners we got in the draft. He’s got a great throw­ing arm. He has all the el­e­ments we’re look­ing for. Right now, he’s got hit­ta­bil­ity — he can hit the ball around the field. He’s a line-drive hit­ter. He needs to put on size and strength. Jose Dev­ers is in that same depart­ment. he’s got to gain size and strength. He [and Dev­ers] both have beau­ti­ful swings that we think will de­velop into ma­jor league cal­iber hit­ters.”

Will Ban­field, Brock­wood HS (Ga.), catcher, 69th over­all

2018 mi­nor league stats: .238 / .308 / .385, 3 HR, 18 RBI

“He is an ex­cit­ing young catcher. It’s very dif­fi­cult to find catch­ers in the draft. We feel lucky that we got him. He had a chance to go to Van­der­bilt, but he de­cided to come and be a Miami Mar­lin. This kid — he’s ath­letic, he’s flex­i­ble, he’s got a great arm. He’s ag­gres­sive. He’s one tough son of a gun. All the el­e­ments that we think make up a ma­jor league catcher. These guys are young and it’s go­ing to take some time to de­velop but we feel re­ally good about the guys we got in the draft.”

Tris­tan Pompey, Univer­sity

of Ken­tucky, out­field, 89th over­all

2018 mi­nor league stats:

.299 / .408 / .397, 3 HR, 23 RBI

“[I was] re­ally sur­prised by how he came out of the gate. He ac­tu­ally jumped rookie league level. Played great in Greens­boro. Fin­ished the year in [High-A Jupiter]. I’m re­ally happy with his per­for­mance. Happy with the type of player he is. We also think he has a chance to play in the cor­ner out­field and hit for power for us.”

Denbo

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