Mariners Draft: Day Two Coverage

I’m not going to pretend that I know everything there is to know about all these prospects. In fact, that’s one of the elements of depth that Michael Schwartze adds to this website, he knows a lot more about this year’s amateur prospects than I do.

The Mariners did what they have done since Jack Zduriencik took over though, they took high ceiling pitchers, accomplished college pitchers, and prep shortstops that figure to be upper-echelon athletes ith projectability to other positions. They will probably sign some of these guys. They will probably not sign some others. That is the reality of the MLB draft that is simply different than the other drafts. There are a few guys that we’d like to highlight for various reasons.

64. Joe DeCarlo, SS, Garnet Valley HS (PA)

Casey:

DeCarlo is a guy that played shortstop in high school like most very good high school athletes, but that will likely immediately move off the postion. His athleticism is questionable and his bat is mostly a projection at this point, but he seems to have tools to become alright at the plate. I think his defensive issues read 3B/Corner Outfield in the future.

Michael:

DeCarlo is a solid pick but I can’t say that I necessarily like it here  in the third round. Carson Kelly, the top prep prospect from the Pacific Northwest, slipped all the way to the Mariners at 64 but Seattle passed. Many thought Kelly would be a first or supplemental round guy but he was not drafted until pick 86 by the Cardinals. There were a handful of other guys I saw as better picks as well. With that being said, DeCarlo is still a good prospect and Nathan Rode of Baseball America thinks a pre draft deal was arranged. DeCarlo has a good solid swing, a solid approach at the plate, and power potential. Like Casey Mentioned above, DeCarlo should move off of short and I think his defense will fit nicely at third.

98. Edwin Diaz, RHP, Caguas Military Academy (PR)

Casey:

Diaz isn’t a significantly worse prospect than Taijuan Walker was when the Mariners drafted him. He throws in the mid-90s and features undeveloped offspeed pitches. That’s not to say that he’ll develop like Walker did. Walker is absolutely amazing, buying another lottery ticket on a guy with upper-rotation potential is fine with me at No. 98.

Michael:

Loved this pick here for the Mariners as Diaz is a high upside, projectable righty. He is a lanky guy with a smooth easy arm action. His fastball is in the mid 90s with inconsistent secondary pitches that show promise. He’s still very raw at this point and needs to work on his secondary offerings, control, and command but he has nice upside. He also shouldn’t be a tough sign as he is set to attend a junior college next year.

126. Tyler Pike, LHP, Winter Haven HS (FL)

Casey:

Pike is another guy with a projectable arm, and is considered to have advanced pitching strategy for his age. He throws in the lower 90s now, which is fine for a lefty, but his age means that he may not be done adding velocity. Hopefully the team doesn’t have to overpay for him too much, this draft pick may be a vehicle for future negotiations if Pike is set on going to college.

Michael:

Like the pick of Pike here as the Mariners add a quality left handed prep arm. He has good velocity for a lefty, sitting in the low 90s. He has a curve and changeup to go with and the change is a little bit ahead in terms of development. He has smooth mechanics and is a great athlete. Pike is a relatively polished prep arm but he could be a tough sign as a Florida State commit. Still think he signs though and could be a mid to back rotation guy.

131. Patrick Kivlehan, 3B, Rutgers

Casey:

Kivlehan took a crooked path to baseball, playing football first. He was a DB for Rutgers football team. I’m sure he’s a much better athlete than Vinnie Catricala, but this pick reminds me of Catricala in that it really shows the depth to which the Mariners scout. A one year starter on Rutgers that absolutely destroyed college pitching is a high Mariners pick.

Michael:

This is an interesting pick and Kivlehan is a nice sleeper. He’s relatively new to baseball like Casey mentioned but has done well thus far. He is a great athlete and has interesting potential with the bat. He will probably move to the corner outfield but he has the speed and athleticism to play there. There are concerns because of his lack of a track record but he shouldn’t be a tough sign and could be a nice surprise.

161. Chris Taylor, SS, Virginia

Casey:

Another Virginia kid and another shortstop who can hit. I like this strategy because most shortstops can play third base or outfield, but most outfielders and third basemen can’t play shortstop.

Michael:

Taylor’s best tools come on the defensive side as he has good range and a plus arm and should stick at shortstop. The bat does not have much upside but is solid. He is a good athlete with good speed and he should not be a tough sign. Taylor could become a very solid utility guy.

191. Timmy Lopes, SS, Edison HS (CA)

Casey:

I don’t know much about Lopes, but he’s another shortstop. This could also be a vehicle for a future contract negotiation, or the Mariners may be willing to pay Lopes above his slot.

Michael:

Lopes is the younger brother of Blue Jays prospect, Christian Lopes. Timmy has good range at short but the average arm may mean a shift over to second. His bat should hit for good contact but there is not much power projection there. He has great makeup and is a solid all around pick here.

221. Taylor Ard, 1B, Washington State

Casey:

Low K%, High Power. I doubt he’s more than a hitter, but if his bat translates the Mariners may have something. He’s a Coug, ew.

Michael:

Mariners go local here with Ard. The bat is his best tool but that is about it. He has an explosive swing with good bat speed and strength. He will have to stick at first base but the bat will really have to develop for him to become a big league regular.

251. Nick Halamandaris, 1B, Stevenson School (CA)

Casey:

Three sport athlete, high ceiling bat. Left-handed, and probably unlikely to sign.

Michael:

Halamandaris is a good athlete, as a three sport athlete. He has good power potential, but like Casey said, I think he chooses to play at Cal next year.

281. Jamodrick McGruder, 2B, Texas Tech

Casey:

Speedster who may eventually move off second base. Left handed.

Michael:

Solid pick here by Seattle and not to mention a pretty awesome name. McGruder was one of John Sickel’s five draft sleepers over at Minor League Ball. He has a pretty good bat from left side with above average speed and a solid approach. He is a good athlete with a solid arm and good range but his size may push him over to second.

311. Grady Wood, RHP, Western Oregon State

Casey:

Great production, iffy raw ability.

Michael:

Wood is a college senior and was drafted much higher this year due to the new CBA, just like tons of other college seniors. I think he could end up as a middle reliever but not much else.

341. Kristian Brito, 1B, Ramon Quinones Medina HS (PR)

Casey:

Big power, iffy hit tool.

Michael:

After the 10th round is when high ceiling high schoolers started to get picked again as teams tried to get around the new CBA rules and Seattle went with one here in Brito. Big build at 6’5″ with plus raw power. Hit tool is raw and will need work.

371. William Faulkner, CF, Arkansas State

Casey:

Not that William Faulkner. Lots of speed, no power. Will he hit in the bigs?

Michael:

Faulkner is a very speedy outfielder but not much of a bat. Could see him developing into a defensive replacement/late game pinch runner kind of pick. Not much upside but won’t cost much at all.

401. Blake Hauser, RHP, Virginia Commonwealth

Casey:

High leverage arm. Closer ceiling. Low floor.

Michael:

Nice pick here picking up a potential back of the pen arm. Huge strikeout numbers this year and he has a good mid 90s fastball with a potential plus slider to go with. He could move pretty quickly as a reliever.

431. Brock Hebert, 2B, Louisiana State

Casey:

Another speedy guy that plays up the middle.

Michael:

The kind of guy that received the “gamer tag.” He has good speed and could hit for decent contact.

461. Dario Pizzano, OF, Columbia

Casey:

Mashed at Columbia, but it was Columbia.

Michael:

Hard worker and has a solid bat. Don’t know much about it. We’ll see how he turns out.

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  1. Anonymous

    It’s nice to be able to expect our scouts to find some decent talent for the team.  It’s also going to be interesting to see if Boras can get Appel signed for anything near the $6MM he supposedly was asking for.

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