Here is today’s minor-league report.
The third and final day of the MLB draft is now complete. Just got off a conference call with scouting director Tom McNamara, who summed up the draft: “I’m happy, very satisfied, with the players we drafted. I had the same feeling last year. Obviously, you can’t really find out how good your draft is until three, five, sometimes seven years down the road. You always have surprises here and there. All in all, I was very satisfied.
“I told you we’d take the best player or pitcher available. Obviously, we took more pitching than we did last year. That’s pretty obvious. When these players sign, we believe we’re adding top-end pitching to our organization. That’s the bottom line.”
A few first-round picks around the majors have already signed. McNamara said he was waiting until the draft was complete to begin serious negotiations with their top pick, RHP Taijuan Walker, and his representative, Larry Reynolds.
“I’ve talked to Taijuan and his advisor. We’ll start speaking tonight, and the next few days,” McNamara said. “We’ll take each player and give him the opportunity to play pro baseball. That’s what it’s all about.”
Overall, the M’s selected 30 pitchers, including nine left-handers; four catchers, 11 infielders (two first base, one second base, four third base, four shortstop), and five outfielders. They selected 33 college players and 16 high-school players, plus one with no school (independent league).
Seattle selected players from 24 states: Arizona (3), California (11), Colorado, Connecticut, Florida (5), Hawaii (2), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky (2), Maine, Massachusetts (2), Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York (3), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee (2), Texas (2), Utah, Vermont, Washington (3) and Wisconsin.
Of the 20 position players selected, 5 are left-handed hitters and two are switch-hitters.
In the 36th round, the Mariners went local, taking right-handed pitcher Forrest Snow from the University of Washington.
They also used their final pick, in the 50th round, on RHP David Holman, son of former Mariners’ pitcher Brian Holman. David is pitching for Hutchinson JC in Kansas. The Mariners also picked Holman last year out of high school, in the 47th round, but he decided to attend Hutchinson instead. Brian Holman is famous for the near perfect game (sound familiar?) he pitched with Seattle, against Oakland, in 1990, losing it with two outs in the ninth on Ken Phelps’ home run. That game is detailed in this story I did recently on the 20th anniversary of that game. I write in the article about the health issues faced by David Holman, who overcame a brain tumor, requiring brain surgery, as an 11-year-old. When I talked to him, Brian Holman called David “a miracle kid. He’s now a strapping man with a great arm.”
This is also the second time the Mariners have drafted the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Snow. They took him in the 44th round out of high school (Seattle’s Lakeside) in 2007, but he elected to attend the UW. His numbers last year weren’t great: a 4-2 record and 6.30 ERA in 27 games (nine starts). In 64 1/3 innings, Snow allowed 75 hits while striking out 60. The Mariners checked him out in person last week at a pre-draft workout they conducted at Safeco Field.
“He’s got good size, some arm strength,” McNamara said. “We’re happy we drafted him.
Sometimes, somebody in pro ball will show you a different grip, change your delivery, or
you hit it off with a pitching coach, they tinker with your delivery, and all of a sudden you’re a different guy. He has enough ability, raw talent, for him to be drafted, and that’s the name of the game.”
One more player with local ties was picked today: Catcher Billy Marcoe from Cal State Fullerton, the Mariners 41st-round selection, attended Eastside Catholic High School in Bellevue.
Here are all the picks by the Mariners today (rounds 31 through 50), which were weighted heavily toward college players. The draft is now over.
31st round: Shortstop Jake Schlander from Stanford.
32nd round: Catcher Andrew Giobbi from Vanderbilt.
33rd round: Third baseman Douglas Patterson from Gilbert (Ariz.) High School.
34th round: LHP Tyler Whitney from Mississippi State.
35th round: First baseman Ethan Paquette from Hofstra.
36th round: RHP Forrest Snow from Washington.
37th round: LHP Ryan Kiel from Marshall.
38th round: RHP Benjamin Versnik from Wisconsin-Whitewater.
39th round: RHP Josh Krist from Cal Poly Pomona
40th round: LHP Nathan Reed from Kutztown (Pa.) University
41st round: C Billy Marcoe from Cal State Fullerton
42nd round: RHP Michael Aviles from St. Thomas Aquinas (NY)
43rd round: 3B Matt Browning from James Madison
44th round: RHP Timothy Boyce from U. of Rhode Island
45th round: RHP Stephen Kohlscheen from Auburn.
46th round: LHP David Rollins from San Jacinto North (Texas)
47th round: RF James Woods from Trinity (NH) College
48th round: Utility player Patrick Brady from Bellarmine (Ky.) College
49th round: CF Colton Keough from Tesoro (Calif.) High School (son of former major-league pitcher Matt Keough).
50th round: RHP David Holman from Hutchinson JC (Kansas)