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Draft Prospect to Watch: Tyler Marlette

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Tyler Marlette won the MVP at the Aflac All-American game at Petco Park this past summer. He won it because of the HR he hit to Left-Center off Ricky Jacquez. Power is Marlette's main asset. He takes a viscous swing from the right side when he connects it flies. He has great bat speed and generates plus power. He has issues with good off speed pitches but punishes them when he connects. He is a 5'11" and about 195 LBS so there is minimal projection left to do.

Marlette has a very good arm and I really like his actions behind the dish. He has good pop times and has a very good arm. The more I see him, the more I like him, and having him at 101 on my recent top 150 list is far too low. Some think that he will have to move to third base, but even if he has too, he should have the bat and the arm to stay there. He is a good athlete and has solid average speed for a catcher. I think he'll be able to stay behind the plate.

Marlette missed much of last season with a back injury but did well over the summer. He should get a lot of attention this spring and could get looked at in the first couple rounds. He is committed to Central Florida.