Here is today’s minor-league report.
At Tacoma, Blake Beavan, one of the pickups from Texas in the Cliff Lee trade, had a strong outing, allowing no earned runs on four hits over six innings against Fresno. Dustin Ackley hit his first home run of the season.
Keep an eye of second baseman Kyle Seager, who was Ackley’s teammate at North Carolina. Last year, playing for Class A High Desert, Seager hit .345 and led all minor-leaguers with 192 hits. Now he’s with Class AA Jackson and off to a .346 start (9-for-26, including three hits yesterday). Felix Hernandez went out of his way to praise Seager after facing him in a minor-league game in spring training.
Dennis Raben is hitting .333 (10-for-30 with two homers, three doubles and a .633 slugging percentage) for HIgh Desert. But Raben has yet to draw a walk and has the rare distinction of owning a lower on-base percentage (.323) than batting average.
As an added bonus, here is the official draft order for the 2011 amateur draft, which will begin on June 6. The draft will span three days.
The Mariners, of course, have the No. 2 overall pick behind Pittsburgh. What we didn’t know until now is precisely when the Mariners would pick again, after you account for all the compensation picks. (Teams get compensation picks for Type A or Type B free agents who signed with other clubs; the Mariners didn’t have any of those last year).
Here’s the answer: Seattle’s second pick will be No. 62 overall. Their are 27 picks in Compensation Round between the first and second round, including the Blue Jays selecting No. 57 overall as compensation for losing Miguel Olivo to the Mariners (Olivo played last season for Colorado, but they traded him to the Blue Jays after the season). Actually, they should just call this he Tampa Bay round — the Rays have seven picks. The Rays also have three first-round picks (their own, plus Boston’s for signing Carl Crawford, and the Yankees’ for signing Rafael Soriano).
The Mariners have one compensation pick, which they get at the end of the third round (No. 121 overall), the result of not signing their third-round pick last year, Ryne Stanek, a high-school pitcher from Kansas.