Miami Marlins pick Sam Praytor of Alabama baseball in Round 6 of 2021 MLB Draft

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

The Miami Marlins selected Alabama redshirt junior catcher Sam Praytor in the sixth round with the 179th overall pick, a slot worth $274,800. 

Praytor is a 5-foot-10 Helena native who was named to the All-SEC team in 2021 as Alabama baseball returned to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014. 

He also received recognition as a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball News and was SEC Player of the Week in late April. 

Praytor appeared in all 58 games, 54 of which he started at catcher. He served as designated hitter in the other four. He finished the year with 14 home runs, the most of any Crimson Tide players and tied for 12th in the SEC. 

Praytor also led Alabama with 48 RBI. His slugging percentage (.531%) ranked second only to Jackson Tate. 

Coming out of high school, Praytor ranked as the top catcher and the ninth-best prospect in Alabama, according to Perfect Game. 

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