Johnson highlights second-day success
Marlins look to continue excellent post-fourth-round Drafts
MIAMI -- Success stories can emerge at any time during the First-Year Player Draft.
For proof of that, the Marlins can look no further than Josh Johnson, their standout 6-foot-7 right-hander.
In 2002, Johnson was selected in the fourth round with the 113th overall pick. Fast-forward seven years, and the 25-year-old is making a case to be on the National League All-Star team.
However, if the Draft unfolded in 2002 like it does now, Johnson would not have been selected on Day 1.
After 111 picks on Day 1 -- including Round One, Compensation Round A, Round Two, Round Three and Compensation Round B -- the Draft resumed on Wednesday and went through the 30th round. The Draft will conclude on Thursday with the 31st through 50th rounds, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET.
MLB.com's coverage will include a live pick-by-pick audio stream, expert commentary and the exclusive Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player, featuring statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.
Fans will not only be able to follow along every minute of the way online, but they'll be able to interact directly with Draft-eligible players and MLB.com Draft experts, among others.
The Draft Tracker will also feature the addition of Twitter, and the participation of "tweeters" such as MLB.com Draft expert @JonathanMayoB3, who will also be serving as on-air talent for all three days of the Draft; and reporter @LisaWinstonMLB, who will be writing the up-to-the-minute coverage for MLB.com.
Marlins -- Top five selections
|18||LHP||Chad James||Yukon HS|
|66||RHP||Bryan Berglund||Royal HS|
|97||CF||Da'Shon Cooper||Edison HS|
|128||RHP||Daniel Mahoney||U Connecticut|
|158||SS||Chase Austin||Elon U|
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In addition, MLB.com has created a Twitter account devoted to the Draft, where you can stay updated on every piece of info as it becomes available (@MLBDraft).
The Marlins went with two high school pitchers and a prep center fielder on Tuesday. Left-hander Chad James, out of Yukon High School in Oklahoma, was the 18th overall pick in the first round. With their second-round choice, Florida went with Bryan Berglund out of Royal High School in Simi Valley, Calif.
The third-round selection was outfielder Marquis Cooper, a speedster out of Edison High School in Fresno, Calif. A two-sport athlete, Cooper played high school football, but has said he is committed to baseball.
Johnson is one of 10 players on the Marlins' 25-man roster who was picked after the 111th overall spot. The others are Dan Uggla (11th round by the D-backs in 2001), John Baker (fourth round by the A's in 2002), Cody Ross (fourth round by the Tigers in 1999), Ross Gload (13th round by the Marlins in 1997), Wes Helms (10th round by the Braves in 1994), Burke Badenhop (19th round by the Tigers in 2005), Matt Lindstrom (10th round by the Mets in 2002), Brett Carroll (10th round by the Marlins in 2004) and Kiko Calero (27th round by the Royals in 1997).
Ricky Nolasco was a fourth-round pick of the Cubs in 2001, but he was the 108th overall choice.
Johnson, the ace of Florida's staff, was chosen out of high school and it took three years of Minor League ball before he was a September callup in 2005. In 2006, he became a fixture in the rotation.
Uggla's path to the big leagues certainly wasn't easy. The two-time All-Star second baseman was a Rule 5 pickup by the Marlins in December of 2005, and he broke into the big leagues in 2006, five years after he was picked by Arizona.
Baker was in the Minor Leagues for 6 1/2 years before making his MLB debut in 2008. Ross' big league break came with the Tigers in 2003.
Gload made his first MLB appearance in 2000 with the Cubs. Helms debuted in Atlanta in 1998, four years after being drafted.
Uggla, Ross and Baker are regulars for the Marlins.
The Marlins acquired Badenhop as part of the Miguel Cabrera/Dontrelle Willis trade at the Winter Meetings in 2007. He cracked into the big leagues in '08.
Lindstrom was dealt to Florida after the 2006 season from New York, and he's been in the big leagues since 2007. He's now the Marlins' closer.
Carroll, who has the strongest arm of any outfielder in the organization, had three years in the Minor Leagues before seeing his first MLB action in '07.
Calero took the long road to the big leagues, breaking in with the Cardinals in 2003.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.