MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins' top draft pick is an 18-year-old Texan accustomed to getting up at 6 a.m. to feed livestock and fix fences on his family's 10,000-acre cattle ranch. He thinks that's one reason he can throw 100 mph.
The Marlins took right-hander Tyler Kolek with the second overall pick Thursday. He was the hardest-throwing pitcher in the draft — maybe ever.
The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Kolek pitched for Shepherd High School, where his fastball consistently registered in the upper 90s and exceeded 100 mph.
Kolek has drawn comparisons to fellow Texans Roger Clemens, Nolan Ryan, Josh Beckett and Kerry Wood. He played defensive end and tight end for his high school football team.