Moran takes batting practice at Marlins Park

Marlins top pick Colin Moran takes BP.  (Robert Vigon/Miami Marlins)

Marlins top pick Colin Moran takes BP. (Robert Vigon/Miami Marlins)

MIAMI — The Marlins third baseman of the future got a taste of playing at Marlins Park.

Colin Moran, picked sixth overall in the First-Year Player Draft, took batting practice with the big league club on Saturday afternoon.

The 20-year-old third baseman from the University of North Carolina officially signed on Friday. On Monday, the native of Rye, N.Y., will play begin his professional career at low Class A Jupiter.

A left-handed hitter, Moran reminds some in the organization of Robin Ventura.

As a player, Ventura, now the White Sox manager, was a smooth-fielding third baseman and a quality left-handed hitter.

Moran grew up in Rye, N.Y., and he was a fan of Tino Martinez, the Marlins’ hitting coach.

– Joe Frisaro

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