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

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