Kolek has successful first start
MIAMI — The professional debut for Tyler Kolek was encouraging.
The No. 2 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, Kolek made his first start for the Gulf Coast League Marlins on Saturday in Viera, Fla.
In two innings, the hard-throwing right-hander didn’t allow a run. He scattered two hits, walked one, and struck out one against the GCL Nationals, 5-0 winners.
Kolek threw 33 pitches, with 22 strikes.
The 18-year-old from Shepherd, Texas, had his fastball range 93-98 mph, and his curveball was clocked at 77-78 mph.
— Joe Frisaro