13. Brad Hand - LHP - 6'2 - 185lbs
(last year: NR)
The Marlins drafted left-handed pitcher Brad Hand in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft out of Chaska High School in Minnesota. Hand was the biggest high school prospect sensation among scouts since Joe Mauer and the Marlins felt fortunate to be able to sign him for $760,000.
Hand had an impressive debut split between the Gulf Coast league and Jamestown. In the two spots, he went a combined 3-2 with a 2.64era in 47.2 innings of work. He struck out 46 while walking 21 and holding opposing hitters to a .211 average.
He throws a fastball anywhere from 88-92mph with late life, while his curveball and changeup have plus potential. Brad is pretty athletic for a pitcher, having played both football and hockey in high school. He can also swing the bat a bit as he played first base on the days when he wasn’t pitching. His mechanics are a bit off has his delivery is quite violent and could lead to arm injuries in the future. The Marlins aren’t too concerned at this point as they begin to smooth out his routine.
Because of his youth, Hand might spend the first few months of the year in extended spring training before moving up to Greensboro midway through the year. Then again, the Marlins haven’t held players back in the past so he could open up 2009 in Greensboro if they feel like pushing him.