MIAMI -- Before embarking on their professional baseball careers, the Marlins' top three picks in the 2017 Draft got a small sample of big league life on Friday at Marlins Park.
The club announced that their top three picks -- first-rounder Trevor Rogers, Competitive Balance Round A choice Brian Miller and second-rounder Joe Dunand -- finalized their contracts. They were introduced to Marlins players and were special guests at batting practice.
"This organization is built through the Draft," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "Every year when it comes to June, we are adding multiple layers of talent to this organization to be successful."
Rogers, a left-handed pitcher from Carlsbad High School in New Mexico, was the 13th overall pick. The 19-year-old is the cousin of former Marlins outfielder Cody Ross.
Miller is a left-handed-hitting outfielder, taken with the 36th overall pick from the University of North Carolina. And Dunand, a right-handed-hitting shortstop/third baseman from North Carolina State, is the nephew of Alex Rodriguez.
"The character of these three guys, we wanted character players," said vice president of scouting Stan Meek. "We always have. I think we have that on the field. I think with these guys, we're adding three more. They are very, very good character guys with a lot of athletic ability."
Rogers signed for $3.4 million, Miller came to terms on a bonus of $1,888,800 and Dunand will receive $1.2 million. Miller and Dunand will report to Class A Greensboro, while Rogers will head to the Gulf Coast League.
Rogers boasts a fastball that can touch the mid-90s. While it usually sits at 89-92 mph, it plays up thanks to his 6-foot-6 frame and strong command. He also has a slider and curveball that can run together, as well as an improving changeup.
Rogers' high school has produced its share of big league talent, including Ross and Eric Chavez.
"It doesn't matter where you come from, what town," Rogers said. "Joe grew up in Miami, to North Carolina to Carlsbad, New Mexico, where there's 30,000 people. You can work hard. It just doesn't matter where you come from, you can do special things."
In college, Miller and Dunand were fierce rivals in the state of North Carolina.
"Joe and I were talking this week," Miller said. "Yeah, we're supposed to hate each other, but we really don't know why. I grew up in Raleigh, where N.C. State is, so I definitely know the rivalry. I've always noticed Joe is super smooth in everything he does."
Raised in Miami, Dunand recalls watching the Marlins win the 2003 World Series, beating the Yankees in six games.
"I remember when I was a little kid, the 2003 World Series, being in the living room with my family watching it against the Yankees," Dunand said. "When Josh Beckett got that last ground ball and tagged out Jorge Posada, that was one of the earliest memories I had of baseball. That was really exciting for me. Growing up here in Miami, it's a dream to play for this team and this wonderful organization."
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.