from Bill Hass at gsohoppers.com:
GREENSBORO â€“ When it comes to the baseball draft, thereâ€™s nothing like high school players for the Florida Marlins.
Earlier this month, the Marlins took high school players with their first three picks â€“ pitchers Chad James and Bryan Bergland and outfielder Marquise Cooper. Neither pitcher has signed yet, which is not unusual, but Cooper did and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League. High school players can have â€œadvisorsâ€ but not agents in case they decide to go to college or junior college if they donâ€™t sign. Itâ€™s a matter of waiting to see what â€œadviceâ€ they receive.
Jim Fleming, the Marlinsâ€™ vice president of player development and scouting, said the club doesnâ€™t go into a draft with a predetermined plan of trying to fill certain needs. Instead, as he explained during a recent trip to see the Hoppers, they take the best players on their board.
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