Tyler Pike, LHP, AZL Mariners (Rookie, average age 20.5 in 2012)
6-0, 180 lbs, 19 years old
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Acquired: 2012 Amateur Draft (3rd Round)
2012 Ranking: Unranked
If Jack Zduriencik is around when the Mariners are good, there’s a good chance that the 2012 draft will go down as one of the team’s best drafts ever, and Tyler Pike may be the best Mariners player from that draft not named Mike Zunino. For a high schooler Pike has a lot of maturity on the mound and should shoot through the Mariners farm system early in his career. Consider him something like “Danny Hultzen Light,” and Pike has similar upside as a No. 2 starter.
When he got drafted I had this to say about Pike:
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.
Mikey Schwartze had this to say in the same post:
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.
Potential (of 40): 32
Probability of Success (of 30): 15
Positional value (of 20): 20
Character (of 10): 10
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