Marlins introduce first round pick Connor Scott

The Miami Marlins made their first MLB Draft selections in the Derek Jeter era. Their first round pick was Connor Scott, a center fielder out of high school in Tampa.

Scott, along side Jeter and Marlins general manager Mike Hill, was introduced to fans and media in party tent outside Marlins Park on Friday prior to the series opener with the Padres.

At this point, anything he said would bring out a positive reaction from the crowd. When asked about his professional goals, Scott simply said, “Bringing a championship back to Florida.” And the crowd went wild.

Scott grew up a fan of both the Rays and the Marlins. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound left-handed hitter described himself as one who is “big on leadership; being a good teammate, being a good person.”

“It’s everything you dream of,” he said. “It’s the best day of your life. You start to play the game you love most as a job and a career. So, it’s awesome. I’m glad the Marlins chose me. It couldn’t have worked out any better.”

As custom, Scott was brought into the clubhouse and presented with his own jersey and participated in batting practice with the team.

“It was a little nerve-wracking at first, but the guys came up and introduced themselves,” he said. “They were awesome. There’s good team chemistry here, at least from what I’ve seen.”

Scott is expected to begin his pro career in short season Single-A with the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League. The Muckdogs are managed by former Marlins first baseman Mike Jacobs.


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