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Krook says he's ready to play pro ball; college closer taken with Thursday's last pick

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Left-handed pitcher Matt Krook, the Marlins' second overall pick in the Thursday's draft, said signing with the Marlins probably won't be a problem.

An Oregon commitment, it was thought the 6-4, 210-pound high schooler from the San Francisco area was a heavy lean toward going to college. But he said otherwise Thursday.

"I love Oregon, love the coaches up there, but I think at this point I'm ready to play pro ball," Krook said. "I just want to get my career started. Both me and [advisor Matt Sosnick] knew what it would take to decide and it fell in the range."

Sosnick is also the agent for Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco.

Krook said he averages 92, 93 miles per hour on his fastball and tops out at 95. He also throws a curveball, slider and change. He grew up a Giants fan and patterns his game after Clayton Kershaw and Matt Cain.

> With their final pick on Thursday, the Marlins took right-handed closer Colby Suggs of the University of Fayetteville Arkansas. He was the 74th pick overall and the last of five picks in Competitive Balance Round B. Suggs posted 13 saves and a 1.74 ERA this past season.

Here is what Baseball America had to say about Suggs: "Suggs teamed with roommate Barrett Astin in the back of Arkansas' bullpen to lead the Razorbacks to the College World Series last year. This season Astin moved into the weekend rotation, handing Suggs the closer role, and both have thrived. Scouting directors voted Suggs a preseason first-team All-American, then had a bit of a hard time seeing him, as he made just 18 appearances covering 16 innings through early May. He has had command issues throughout his career thanks to a delivery that produces power but features plenty of effort. The 6-foot, 225-pounder has hit 97-98 mph with his fastball and sits in the 93-96 range with heavy life when he's down in the zone. When he leaves it up, the pitch straightens out and gets hittable. His hard breaking ball gives him another swing-and-miss pitch. Some clubs might send him out as a starter to get him innings, smooth out his delivery and see if he can throw more strikes. Others see him as a future power reliever in the third- to fourth-round range."

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