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Marlins wrap up draft by loading up on pitchers, take local closer Dane Stone out of St. Thomas University

The Major League Baseball Draft concluded Wednesday and the Marlins wrapped rounds 16 through 40 by loading up on pitchers. They took 14 in all including one from their own backyard in St. Thomas University closer Dane Stone.

The right-hander, who attended Miami Southridge High, earned NAIA First Team All-American honors after finishing this past season 5-2 with a 1.38 ERA and 16 saves. 

Stone was brought to the attention of Marlins brass by Kelvin Colon, who is the Warehouse Manager in the Retail Operations department for the Marlins and was a teammate of Stone’s in 2010 on the St. Thomas pitching staff.


- Brian Ellington, RHP, 6-4, 200, University of West Florida, 16th round, 497th overall
- Garrett Keene, OF, R/R, 6-4, 190, Brookhaven Academy, MS, 17th round, 527th overall
- Patrick Merkling, LHP, 6-1, 193, Lee University (Tenn.), 18th round, 557th overall
- Cody Gunter, 3B, L/R, 6-3, 195, Flower Mound High, Texas, 19th round, 587th overall
- Jordan Hillyer, RHP, 6-2, 195, Hebron Christian Academy, Ga., 20th round, 617th overall
- Hayden Fox, LHP, 6-4, 200, Oakland University (Mich.), 21st round, 647th overall
- Robert Ravago, RHP, 6-1, 200, Arizona State, 22nd round, 677th overall
- Cameron Flynn, OF, L/R, 6-0, 185, University of Kentucky, 23rd round, 707th overall
- Matt Juengel, 3B, R/R, 6-2, 185, Texas A&M, 24th round, 737th overall
- Dane Stone, RHP, 6-7, 225, St. Thomas University, 25th round, 767th overall
- Colton Grant, RHP, 6-4, 215, Appalachian State (N.C.), 26th round, 797th overall
- Justin Jackson, RHP, 6-4, 201, Sam Houston State, 27th round, 827th overall
- Casey McCarthy, RHP, 6-4, 215, Cal State San Bernadino (Calif), 28th round, 857th overall
- Blake Barnes, RHP, 6-1, 186, Oklahoma State, 29th round, 887th overall
- David Cruz, C, 6-0, 200, No School, 30th round, 917th overall
- Lucas Hunter, SS, R/R, 5-11, 160, Central Catholic High, Ore., 31st round, 947th overall
- Ty Williams, RHP, 6-2, 195, Sulphur High, Okla., 32nd round, 977th overall
- Steven Weber, RHP, 6-7, 210, Eastern Michigan, 33rd round, 1007th overall
- Patrick Claussen, 3B, L/R, 5-11, 190, Washington State, 34th round, 1037th overall
- Chad Christensen, CF, R/R, 6-3, 190, Nebraska, 35th round, 1067th overall
- Kendall Graveman, RHP, 6-2, 185, Mississippi State, 36th round, 1097th overall
- Edward Sappelt, OF, S/R, 5-11, 175, Southern Alamance High, N.C., 37th round, 1127th overall
- Michael Smith, LHP, 6-2, 195, Cumberland Univ. (Tenn.), 38th round, 1157th overall
- Marcus Greene, C, R/R, 5-11, 195, Vista Del Lago, Calif., 39th round, 1187th overall
- Alex Polston, SS, R/R, 5-11, 175, Cal Albert High, Okla., 40th round, 1217th overall