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Marlins vice president of scouting says 1st round pick Colin Moran a young Wade Boggs type

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Marlins Vide President of Scouting Stan Meek feels like he has a pretty good handle Marlins' first round pick Colin Moran. He watched him take about 60 at-bats in the wood-bat Cape Cod League over the last two years.

The name that comes to mind when he watches the 6-4, 205-pound third baseman? Wade Boggs.

"He's a solid defender, moves a little like Boggs," Meek said. "I wouldn't like to put that tag on anybody. But he's like a Boggs type hitter. I think he's got the skill set to kind of look like that. Now, you would never suspect he would get those type of numbers. But he hits for average over power. I like a guy who can hit first. This guy stays on the ball in all parts on the zone. That for us is where you start. I think he'll have adequate power to hit at third base."

The left-handed hitting Moran has certainly hit for average and driven in plenty of runs in his three years at North Carolina to draw the comparison.

In 2011 he was Baseball America's Freshman of the Year for the Tar Heels, hitting .335 with nine homers and 71 RBI. In 2012, he hit .365 with 6 HRs, 35 RBI and then led the Cape Cod League in 2012 with 42 RBI.

This season, he leads the nation with 86 RBI. He's also hitting .348 with 13 homers for the top-ranked Tar Heels. He's proven to be a patient, controlled hitter, too. He's drawn 60 walks compared to 22 strikeouts.

The Marlins believe that will work well in the ballpark, where its hard to hit home runs, but there is plenty of space in the gaps for doubles and triples.

"Anytime you put wood in his hand he can keep up with the velocity," Meek said. "I saw him against several good arms. I really had not seen him get beat on fastballs at all. He really understands the strike zone. He's so confident in his at-bat he'll take pitches that are close. I think because of that that will help him when he gets to this level."

Meek said it's likely Moran will begin at Single A Greensboro once he signs. The Marlins have until July 12th to get it done. Meek doesn't believe it will be a problem.

"I hadn't talked to the Marlins too much, but I've always loved Florida and Miami and I couldn't be more excited to be picked by them," Moran said. "I couldn't explain how excited I am. Not getting drafted out of high school I was a little bit disappointed. But I knew going to a school like North Carolina I would have a chance to work hard and make it."