Mark David Canha
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.
- School University of California
- High School Bellarmine Prep High School
- Debut April 8, 2015
First baseman Mark Canha played in the Florida Marlins/Miami Marlins organization from 2010 to 2014, before being the second pick of the 2014 Rule V Draft and making his big league debut at the start of the following season.
Canha hit .365 as a sophomore in high school, had a .609 OBP as a junior and hit .440 with 11 homers as a senior. His freshman year in college, he was a backup outfielder, hitting .270/.387/.302. He became a starter as a sophomore and did very well, producing at a .365/.450/.634 clip with 44 runs and 43 RBI in 53 games while starting at 1B. He finished 5th in the Pac-10 Conference in average, 6th in OBP, 8th in slugging, 6th in hits (75), tied for 6th in doubles (17), tied with Kole Calhoun for 7th in homers (12) and 6th in total bases (130). He made the All-Conference infield alongside Dillon Baird, Cody Decker, Grant Green, Jeff Kobernus and Bryce Ortega. His junior year, he hit .319/.423/.520 with 69 RBI in 54 games. He and Ricky Oropesa were the All-Pac-10 first basemen. Canha tied for 5th in the conference with 10 homers and led in RBI, two ahead of Oropesa.
He was drafted by the Marlins in the 7th round of the 2010 amateur draft, one round after Rett Varner. The scout was John Hughes. Playing for the GCL Marlins (3 for 17, 2 BB) and Jamestown Jammers (.264/.339/.585 in 14 G) in 2010, Canha hit .243/.325/.486 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI in 20 games. He hit .276/.374/.529 with 25 home runs and 85 RBI in 107 games for the Greensboro Grasshoppers in 2011. He was second in the South Atlantic League in homers (7 behind Corey Dickerson), sixth in RBI, tied for fifth in sacrifice flies (7), second in slugging (100 points behind Dickerson) and 5th in OPS (between Andrew Clark and Brady Shoemaker). Among Marlins farmhands, he was 7th in runs (72, between Christian Yelich and Joe Thurston), second in homers (two behind Kyle Jensen), led in RBI (six over Ryan Fisher), tied Jake Smolinski for 4th in walks (59), 9th in total bases (204, between Kevin Mattison and Luke Montz), first in slugging (.005 over Jensen) and led in OPS (two points ahead of Jensen). He did not make the SAL All-Star team as Dan Black was picked at 1B.
In 2012, he hit .293/.382/.411 with 6 home runs and 68 RBI in 114 games for the Jupiter Hammerheads. He was 8th in the Florida State League in average (between Alex Dickerson and Mikie Mahtook), tied Jon Talley for 8th in RBI (68) and was 4th in OBP (behind Mike O'Neill, Yelich and John Andreoli). With the Jacksonville Suns in 2013, Canha hit .273/.371/.449 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI in 128 games. He was on the Southern League leaderboard in doubles (32, 3rd behind Christian Villanueva and Arismendy Alcantara), hit-by-pitch (15, 2nd, 4 behind Riccio Torrez), OBP (6th, between Justin Greene and Kevin Kiermaier), slugging (9th, between Alcantara and Nick Evans) and OPS (5th, between Kyeong Kang and Jason Rogers). In the Marlins chain, he was second in doubles (only one behind Bryan Petersen) and led in times plunked (one ahead of Jensen and Fisher).
Canha was the second pick in the 2014 Rule V Draft, by the Colorado Rockies, then was immediately traded to the Oakland Athletics. He made the team's opening day roster and debuted on April 8th, when he went 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs as the A's starting first baseman in a 10-0 thrashing of the Texas Rangers.