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Marlins draft Plant’s Connor Scott 13th overall; Pirates take Fivay’s Gunnar Hoglund

Tampa Bay is used to seeing high school players taken on the first day of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

Plant High's Connor Scott continued the trend when he was selected 13th overall by the Marlins on Monday night.

Scott is the second Plant player taken in the first round since 2015, when Kyle Tucker was selected fifth overall by the Astros. He joins Alex Faedo (Alonso/Florida, No. 10 by Tigers in 2017), Nate Pearson (Bishop McLaughlin/College of Central Florida, No. 28 by Blue Jays in 2017) and Kevin Merrell (Steinbrenner/USF, No. 33 by the A's in 2017) as recent first round picks from Tampa Bay.

Scott, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound left-handed outfielder and pitcher, hit .526 with five home runs in 20 games as a senior. He was also one of the Panthers' top pitchers, with a 3-0 record and 2.13 ERA in 23 innings. In three years at Plant, Scott had a .424 average and hit 11 home runs.

This is the fifth consecutive season the Marlins have selected a high school player with their first-round pick. The Marlins last took a prep outfielder in the first round in 2010 (Christian Yelich), and 2011 (Alonso pitcher Jose Fernandez) was the last time the team drafted a high schooler from Tampa.

"We got exactly what we wanted to get with this pick," Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said on the team's Twitter account. "He's an athletic centerfielder who can impact the game on both sides of the ball. He can be a part of our lineup for many years to come."

Scott was hampered by a hamstring injury in the second half of the season and sat out three weeks. When he did return, he was limited to being the designated hitter.

Scott, who is committed to Florida, was the sixth high school player taken in the draft Monday. The approximate pick value for the 13th pick is $4 million.

"We'll sit down with his representatives and we're hopeful he wants to be a Miami Marlin and start his professional career as soon as possible," Hill told the Miami Herald.

Fivay pitcher Gunnar Hoglund impresses MLB scouts with his accuracy and speed. (ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times)

In the competitive balance round of the draft, Fivay's Gunnar Hoglund was taken by the Pirates with the 36th overall pick. Hoglund is a pitcher/first baseman who excelled on the mound.

He pitched 52 ⅓ innings and had 105 strikeouts and two walks. Those walks came in the last game of the season in the district semifinal against Hernando, when Hoglund was recovering from the flu.

At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Hoglund is a power pitcher who can reach 95 mph on his fastball. He also hit .385 and had four home runs. He is committed to the University of Mississippi. The approximate value for the 36th pick is $2 million.

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