With exactly one day to spare, the Miami Marlins have signed their 1st-round pick (#6 overall) in Colin Moran.
According to Juan Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the two parties agreed on a deal that will pay Moran the “slot” value for his signing bonus of $3.5 million. This is a bit surprising considering the amount of time it took for Moran to agree to the deal, but other mitigating factors may have been present and the important thing for Marlins’ fans (if they are out there) is that they didn’t let Moran slip through the cracks and back into the draft.
Moran was the 2nd college hitter selected in the draft out of the University of North Carolina, and the third baseman can absolutely rake with the bat. He hit .357 in 60 games with UNC this season, and blasted 13 home runs to go along with a sparkling .485 on-base percentage. In addition, he smashed the school record with 86 RBI on the year which, when translated to a full 162-game season, would project to a staggering 232 RBI.
It is probably early to project a Major League arrival for Moran, but given the state of the Marlins’ lineup at the moment (especially in the infield), he could be on the fast track like very few prospects in this year’s draft.