Marlins Select 14 Players on Day Two of Draft

JUPITERThe Miami Marlins today announced 14 selections during Day Two of Major League Baseball's 2012 First-Year Player Draft. The announcements were made by Vice President of Scouting Stan Meek.

A variety of prospects were taken with today’s selections, as Miami picked five right-handed pitchers, five infielders, three outfielders and a catcher. The Club selected five high school prospects, including position players with each of the first three selections of the day, and nine college prospects.

With their first selection of the day, the Marlins drafted Florida high school product Avery Romero in the third round (104th overall), a shortstop from Pedro Menendez High School (West St. Augustine). They followed that pick with OF Kolby Copeland, who was selected out of Parkway High School (Louisiana) in the Compensation B round (127th overall). The third pick of the day was OF Austin Dean from Klein Collins High School (Texas), taken in the fourth round (137th overall).

The Marlins had just one pick on the first day of the Draft, selecting LHP Andrew Heaney with the ninth overall pick. Heaney, a junior at Oklahoma State University, was the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and a Division 1 First-Team, All-American. He finished the current season with an 8-2 record and a 1.60 ERA in 15 starts. He also led the NCAA with 140 strikeouts in 118.1 innings. Heaney is an Oklahoma City native and graduated from Putnam City High School.

The Draft will conclude tomorrow with rounds 16-40 starting at noon.

Additional information is available on the team's official website, and on

RD    PICK   PLAYER                    POS          B/T     HT      WT       DOB             SCHOOL                                        HOMETOWN

1           9        Andrew Heaney         LHP          L/L     6-2      174       6/5/91          Oklahoma State University         Oklahoma City, OK

3       104        Avery Romero           SS             R/R     5-11    195       5/11/93        Pedro Menendez HS (FL)            St. Augustine, FL

CB   127        Kolby Copeland        OF             L/R     6-0      190       2/5/94          Parkway HS (LA)                          Elm Grove, LA

4       137        Austin Dean                OF             R/R     6-0      190       10/14/93     Klein Collins HS (TX)                   Spring, TX

5       167        Austin Nola                 SS             R/R     6-0      185       12/28/89     Louisiana State University          Baton Rouge, LA

6       197        Anthony Gomez        SS             R/R     6-0      185       11/26/90     Vanderbilt University                    Nutley, N.J.

7       227        Ryan Newell               RHP         R/R     6-2      215       6/18/91        Shorter University                          Marietta, GA

8       257        Drew Steckenrider     RHP         R/R     6-5      215       1/10/91        University of Tennessee               Lawrenceville, GA

9       287        Nicholas Wittgren      RHP         R/R     6-3      210       5/29/91        Purdue University                          Lafayette, IN

10    317        Ron Miller                   3B             R/R     5-11    205       1/7/94          Junipero Serra HS (CA)                Los Angeles, CA

11    347        Matthew Milroy         RHP         L/R     6-2      185       10/5/90        University of Illinois                      Batavia, IL

12    377        Christian Rivera         SS             R/R     5-10    165       2/10/94        Escuela Nueva Superior HS        Loiza, PR

13    407        Blake Logan               RHP         R/R     6-1      225       1/12/92        Eastern Oklahoma State              Roff, OK

14    447        Michael Vaughn        C               R/R     6-2      190       12/19/90     Fresno Pacific University             Peoria, AZ

15    477        Cody Keefer               OF             L/R     6-1      185       11/6/90        UCLA                                              Davis, CA