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Marlins open Day 2 of MLB Draft by taking high school shortstop from Orlando

NEW YORK CITY -- The Marlins opened Rounds 3 through 10 of the MLB Draft Friday by taking Orlando-area high school shortstop Ben Deluzio.

The 6-2, 185-pound prospect from Orlando First Academy was a two-sport star in high school and had several Division I football scholarship offers, but he ultimately chose baseball and is committed to Florida State.

According to MLB.com: "While DeLuzio plays shortstop now, he would likely move to center field as a professional where his plus speed and average arm profile well. At the plate, he makes consistent contact with a slashing, line-drive swing. Listed at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, DeLuzio is strong and has surprising pop. His time playing football has left him somewhat raw, but has a good feel for the game and enough athleticism to make the necessary adjustments."

Baseball America had Deluzio ranked as the 201st best overall prospect, but his stock was apparently rising



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Clark/Manny, Does the MLB agreement preclude the Marlins from possibly only offering $100,000 COMBINED to their Top 10 draftees? This is not a facetious question. The guys they selected "appear" to be good selections and yet I could envision the Marlins saying "the demands were much too high and we do not feel justified in signing any of these players." I think you would agree that we could never with any degree of certainty predict the actions of this ownership group.

Clark, by the way, enjoyed Camden Yards and Nationals Park this week,however, must say I would be shocked if the distances on the walls at Camden are a true reflection, I would be shocked. A TRUE babdbox of epic proportions. Would love Cabrera to play 81 games at that Little League Park.

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