SECAUCUS, N.J. -- After potentially drafting their third baseman of the future with their first pick, the Marlins addressed their pitching needs by taking 6-4, 200-pound left-hander Matt Krook of St. Ignacious High School in San Francisco.
Krook, taken with the 35th overall pick in Competitive Balance Round A, Krook could be a tough player for the Marlins to sign. Krook is planning to attend the University of Oregon.
But if they can sign him, they'll get one of the better young lefties in the draft.
Here is what Baseball America had to say about him: "At his best, he sits 90-92 mph, touches 95 and shows flashes of a hard curveball. Krook doesn't have a changeup and there is some effort to his delivery, so he will need refinement to project as a starter. The team that drafts him will give him that opportunity, and if he can iron those things out and improve his command, Krook could be a mid-rotation starter. He is a quiet kid and his family places an emphasis on education, so he is considered a tough sign away from his Oregon commitment."
MLB analyst Harold Reynolds said Krook reminds him a lot of White Sox starter Chris Sale and said he has "a nasty curveball."
> With their second round pick, 44th overall, the Marlins took Arizona State right-hander Trevor Williams. The 6-3, 225-pound San Diego native had a stellar sophomore season, going 12-2 with a 2.05 ERA, earning All-Pac 10 First Team honors. But he struggled this past season, going 6-6 with a 4.12 ERA. He still had an 86/21 strikeout to walk ratio.