4th RD Pick 130 – James Marinan Pitcher – Park Vista Community High School
The Dodgers didn’t dip into the high school ranks for many pitchers in this year’s draft, but they got an excellent one in James Marinan. Despite being ranked 65th overall, yet the Dodgers were able to snag James Marinan in the fourth round. Although he is currently committed to the U (Miami University), the Dodgers should be able to persuade Marinan to sign with them.
Marinan brings good size as he is 6’5 and 210 pounds. He used to throw in the upper 80’s, but has recently gained strength; he was routinely in the 92-96 mph range his senior year of high school. Marinan has a true slurve that some aren’t sure if it’s a slider or a curveball but whatever it is, its rated as a good complimentary pitch to his fastball. He also has a changeup that is below average but being that he was only a high schooler the Dodgers will have plenty of time to develop his changeup.
If Marinan had gone on to college, there is a good shot that he would have been a first or second round pick in another few years so the Dodgers getting him in the fourth round was a solid pick. After he adds some more weight and muscle there’s no doubt in my mind that Marinan will be the next hard throwing starting pitcher in the Dodgers farm system. Let’s just hope the Dodgers can persuade him to sign instead of going to college, because this value may not be there next year.