Kolek, Marlins moving closer to deal

MIAMI — The Marlins are in advanced negotiations with Tyler Kolek, the second overall pick in last week’s First-Year Player Daft.

According to multiple sources, Miami is getting close to finalizing a contract that would start the 18-year-old right-hander’s professional career. Barring any late holdups, the deal could be official within a couple of days.

Along with Kolek, the Marlins also are making progress with all of their first 10 rounds of picks. There is strong optimism that deals will be reached soon with catcher Blake Anderson (36th overall), shortstop Justin Twine (43rd), second baseman Brian Anderson (76th), left-hander Michael Mader (105) and shortstop Brian Schales (107).

According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis, Brian Anderson has agreed to a $600,000 deal.

Before deals are official, each player must complete his physical. That process with some of the picks is already underway.

Kolek is the marquee prize for Miami in the Draft, which got underway on June 5.

Kolek, the power pitcher from Shepherd, Texas, caught the attention of the Marlins and the entire league with his overpowering fastball. His 102 mph fastball is the highest ever recorded by a high school pitcher.

The slot value for the No. 2 overall pick is $6.8 million. But it is unclear if Kolek will receive exactly that amount.

Joe Frisaro

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