MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – With a farm system full of pitching prospects, the Miami Marlins came into the MLB Draft with the plan of adding position players.
Miami snagged a great one with its first pick, drafting Vanderbilt outfielder JJ Bleday with fourth overall in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.READ MORE: 3 Rushed To Area Hospitals Following Shooting At Aventura Mall
Bleday was the Southeastern Conference player of the year this season.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Faces Rape Charges In Palm Beach County
He has a quick, left-handed swing and leads Division I players in home runs with a school-record 26.
A finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bleday is hitting .351 and brings a 42-game on-base streak into next weekend’s super regionals round of the NCAA Tournament.MORE NEWS: COVID In Florida: 3,977 New Cases, 66 Additional Deaths Reported Saturday
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