MIAMI -- The Marlins appear to be focusing on Miami-born North Carolina State star left-hander Carlos Rodon for the No. 2 overall pick as the draft appraches Thursday evening.
Rodon would be a natural for the Marlins since he is a Miami product of Cuban descent and could become the lefty bookend to star Jose Fernandez, who is also of Cuban descent.
"That would be a story and a half," Rodon's father Carlos Sr. told the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer.
It isn't a certainty that Miami takes Rodon, but the Marlins are sending out signals they could be leaning that way. Of course, the draft is often full of surprises.
Rodon isn't suspected of being interested in offering a discount. The slot value of the No. 2 pick is $6,821,000, and the Marlins aren't known for giving out big contracts. However, Miami is said to like that Rodon could possibly help in the big leagues later this season, perhaps out of the bullpen. The other top players in this draft that begins Thursday at 7 p.m. ET are in high school.
Rodon could also be a draw for a team that has struggled with attendance.
The Marlins may prefer Rodon to San Diego high school pitcher Brady Aiken, or it's simply possible they suspect Aiken will be gone with the No. 1 pick to the Astros, who pick first for a third consecutive year. Houston, a team that doesn't reveal much, has been favored to take Aiken for several days now.
The Marlins are also believed to like Texas high school pitcher Tyler Kolek and San Diego high school catcher-outfielder Alex Jackson.
The White Sox, who hold the No. 3 pick, are expected to take the third of the top three pitchers, likely Kolek assuming Aiken and Rodon go 1-2.