Marlins Draft Hard-Throwing Prep Pitcher
Though the majority of people throughout baseball thought the Marlins would select C/OF Alex Jackson with the second overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, they decided not to.
Instead, they drafted Tyler Kolek, the hardest throwing prep draft prospect ever.
Kolek is a 6’5″, 250 lb senior at Shepard High School in Texas.
As a 17-year old Kolek threw 102 mph. He is the only high school pitcher to ever top 100 mph.
Speaking of his fastball, it is easily Kolek’s best pitch, as it routinely hits 97-99 mph and sometimes hits triple digits. This pitch is mostly the reason why he was drafted second overall, as it is easily the best of any high school arm in the draft and possibly the best of any pitcher in the entire draft class.
He also throws a curveball and a changeup, with his curveball being the better of the two offerings. His changeup, on the other hand, is his worst pitch as even though he can throw it with good arm speed he lacks consistency with it.
Kolek has pitched only two seasons on the varsity squad at Shepard High, as a freshman and senior, since he broke his arm in the early part of his junior year.
In those two seasons, Kolek has thrown 90 1/3 innings with a 3.25 ERA, 141 strikeouts and a .213 opponent’s BAA.
Like most high-schooler pitchers, his command is still developing, but he repeats his delivery well for a teenager and should be able to hit his spots well as he progressed through the minor leagues and into to the Marlins starting rotation.