ST. PETERSBURG -- Marlins skipper Mike Redmond got an early exit from Thursday's 11-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
So when the team made the second pick in the MLB draft, taking hard-throwing Texas high-school pitcher Tyler Kolek, the news didn't take very long to get to Redmond.
"I'm excited," Redmond said. "I was looking at some video before the draft and I liked him. Out of those top guys that was the guy I picked. Not that I had any influence on them. But I mean, how do you pass on a guy throwing 100 mph? I'm happy with the pick. It's a big old country-strong right-hander. Welcome him to the organization."
Kolek has drawn comparisons to the previous player the Marlins took with the No. 2 overall pick, Redmond's old teammate Josh Beckett.
Asked about that, Redmond said: "Josh never threw 100 though. You can put that in writing too because I want him to see that. He was just a soft thrower from Texas. He was only throwing 96."