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Marlins hope for late-round magic
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06/05/2002 6:53 pm ET 
Marlins hope for late-round magic
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

Marlins' third baseman Mike Lowell was a 20th-round draft pick by the Yankees in the 1995 First-Year Player Draft. (Alan Diaz/AP)
MIAMI -- Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell was picked in the 20th round by the Yankees in the 1995 First-Year Player Draft. He panned out.

Kevin Millar wasn't even drafted. Yet the Marlins outfielder ended up making it.

"You have to scout," said Jim Fleming, the Marlins VP of Player Development and Scouting. "There are Major Leaguers everywhere."

The Marlins spent Day Two of the First-Year Player Draft searching for remaining diamonds in the rough. While there are long odds for the late-round picks to reach the Major League level, they do bring value to an organization.

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They add depth throughout farm systems, and often provide positive examples. Fleming doesn't dismiss the importance of surrounding top prospects with quality people in the minors. It creates a positive organizational example.

But in reviewing the strength of the draft, Fleming is most pleased with the prospects taken in the early rounds Tuesday.

First pick Jeremy Hermida, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Marietta, Ga., was a pleasant surprise to be on the board at No. 11.

Hermida had drawn interest from the Brewers, Tigers and Rockies, who picked seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively. Once Colorado opted for left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Francis, the Marlins felt they would get a shot at Hermida.

Fleming said he didn't think the Rangers would use the 10th pick on a high school hitter. That came to pass as Texas took Drew Meyer from the University of South Carolina.

"Potentially, this guy has a chance to be a very productive middle of the order type hitter in the big leagues," Fleming said of Hermida.

Ideally, the Marlins would have liked to take more left-handed pitchers.

"But they flew off the board," Fleming said. "We felt we had positioned left-handers where we could have gotten two or three. It just didn't work. We don't jump one player over the other just to get that spot to fill the system." Scott Olsen of Crystal Lake South H.S. near Chicago became the Marlins' lone left-handed pitcher taken in the top 10 rounds.

"Olsen is your typical high school draft pick," Fleming said. "He needs some size and some strength. We need to clean up his delivery, but his arm is very good."

Olsen's fastball has been clocked between 84 and 90 mph. And he shows signs of throwing a big-league-level breaking ball.

"We saw all the pieces you would want," Fleming said. "He needs innings. He needs our pitching people to work with him. But he's a pretty good prospect."

Joe Frisaro covers the Marlins for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MARLINS 2002 DRAFT PICKS
11 JEREMY R HERMIDA RF WHEELER HS
52 ROBERT L ANDINO SS MIAMI SOUTHRIDGE SR HS
83 TREVOR S HUTCHINSON RHP U CALIFORNIA
113 JOSHUA M JOHNSON RHP JENKS HS
143 NICHOLAS J HUNDLEY C LAKE WASHINGTON SR HS
173 SCOTT OLSEN LHP CRYSTAL LAKE SOUTH HS
203 XAVIER ARROYO CF ANTILLES HS
233 RYAN A WARPINSKI RHP TEXAS A&M U
263 ERIC S REED CF TEXAS A&M U
293 ROBERT R WORD 1B U VIRGINIA
323 PATRICK E ARLIS C U ILLINOIS
353 JAMES J DEMONTEL RHP BELLEVUE COL
383 KEVIN M RANDEL SS CALIFORNIA ST U
413 TRAVIS C CHICK RHP WHITEHOUSE HS
443 THOMAS J MERKLE 3B 1B NEW YORK INSTITUTE TECH
473 CHRISTOPHER M GOODMAN RHP GEORGIA TECH
503 EVAN M GREUSEL RHP OKLAHOMA U
533 ROSS G WOLF RHP WABASH VALLEY JC
563 JORDAN BAKER RF ZANE TRACE HS
593 JASON B IEHL RHP DOWNERS GROVE NORTH HS
623 WAYLON J BYERS LHP U NEBRASKA
653 SHAUN C O'CONNOR RHP PASCO HERNANDO CC
683 SHERMAN C PRIMUS RHP SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
713 ANDREW M ROHLEDER RF U EVANSVILLE
743 ERIC ORDORICA 2B AZUSA PACIFIC U
773 MICAH B WRIGHT LHP SOUTHAVEN HS
803 CASEY J BLALOCK RHP LOUISIANA TECH U
833 AARON T GABRIEL RHP LAKE CITY HS
863 CHRISTOPHER J GABRIEL RHP CHAFFEY COL
893 KURT G KOEHLER RHP PINOLE VALLEY HS
923 KYLE S EAZOR LHP CHANDLER-GILBERT CC
953 DANIEL G OLSON RHP U KANSAS
983 JOSEPH H APOTHEKER LF BARRY UNIVERSITY
1013 KYLE R DICKSON RHP GRANADA HS
1043 GREGORY R GOETZ LHP NEWPORT HS
1073 NEIL WARCHOL RHP ST LAURENCE HS
1103 RYAN V ANDERSON LHP ST PETERSBURG CC
1133 PATRICK J CONNELLY LHP COWLEY COUNTY CC
1163 MATTHEW E MILLER CF MODESTO JC
1193 BRADLEY J PAHS C TRITON JC
1223 ROBERT J JOHNSON C SADDLEBACK CC
1253 ZACHARY LERCH RHP MUSCATINE CC
1282 TYLER J WILLIAMS C NORTH DELTA SENIOR SECOND
1310 TIMOTHY D WOOD RHP PIMA CC
1337 SHANY CARLE RHP U QUEBEC
1364 NICHOLAS P EWEN RF TRITON COL
1390 JACOB A MANNING CF MINERAL AREA JC
1416 MATTHEW I HAYES LHP PARKLAND JR COLLEGE
1442 MICHAEL E GAFFNEY SS NEW YORK INSTITUTE TECH
1466 DUSTIN C HUGHES C NORTHGATE HS




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