Miami lands power hitting outfielder Garrett in Round 8

Miami lands power hitting outfielder Garrett in Round 8

With the 225th pick in the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Marlins took outfielder Stone Garrett from George Ranch High School in Richmond, Texas.

Strong and speedy, the 6-foot-2 Garrett has good range in center. He ran the 60-yard dash in 6.47 seconds at the Perfect Game showcase in San Diego last year.

The right-handed Garrett has the potential to be a power hitter. He's listed at 195 pounds and used that strength to bat .398 with seven homers and 32 RBIs as a senior. But he hasn't been consistent in driving the ball.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 1 p.m. ET.

Scouts expressed concern about Garrett's stiff, straight-legged swing, but that's something that can be refined. He is committed to Rice University, where coaches are well-known for developing bats.

With his athleticism and his fast swing, the Marlins are confident they can get Garrett to bend and use more of his legs so he can reach low pitches.

Maria Torres is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.