The Dodgers selected right-handed pitcher James Marinan with their fourth-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, pick No. 130 overall on Tuesday, their first high school player selected.
Marinan was ranked No. 63 overall in our David Hood’s top 200 draft prospects, was ranked No. 58 in the Baseball America top 500, and was ranked No. 65 in the MLB Pipeline top 200.
The 6’5 right-hander is committed to Miami, with Baseball America noting that “Marinan's slider flashes the sharp spin to project as at least an average offering, and he shows the ability to backdoor it to lefties or use it as a chase pitch away from righties.”
He touched 94-96 mph on his fastball at times as a senior. More from MLB.com:
He currently throws a hybrid breaking ball that gets stuck in between a slider and curveball, but looks more like the latter with some bite when it's on. Marinan will mix in an occasional changeup, but it's far behind the other two pitches. He stays around the strike zone and should have average control and command in the future.