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June 7, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Day 2 MLB draft live blog

If I’m counting correctly, the Mariners today took 12 right-handed pitchers, two left-handed pitchers, five catchers, one first baseman, two second basemen, two shortstops, two third basemen, and four center fielders.

UPDATE 4:48 P.M. : The M’s final pick of the first day is Jordan Pries, a right-handed pitcher from Stanford in the 30th round. He was 6-5 with a 3.24 ERA this past season in 16 games (15 starts). Pries worked 94 1/3 innings, allowing 91 hits, striking out 74 and walking 30.

The draft resumes tomorrow with rounds 31 through 50.

UPDATE 4:36 P.M.: The Mariners nab a local product, right-handed pitcher Keone Kela from Chief Sealth High School in Seattle, in the 29th round.

UPDATE 4:23 P.M. Lots of right-handed pitching for the Mariners today. In the 28th round (with the 843rd pick, if you’re keeping track), they went with Brett Shankin of Wayne State (or is that Wayne Shankin of Brett State?). Shankin was 7-3 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 games (13 starts), including seven complete games. In 80 2/3 innings, he gave up 63 hits, walked 15 and struck out 70.

UPDATE 4:13 P.M.: The Mariners select David Colvin, a 6-3, 215-pound right-handed pitcher from Pomona-Pitzer in the 27th round. He was 8-2 with a 2.96 ERA in 13 starts, with five complete games. Colvin worked 94 1/3 innings, allowing 88 hits, walking 21 and striking out 94.

UPDATE 4 P.M.: The Mariners dipped into Georgia Perimeter College (a school I’ve honestly never heard of) for Kenneth Strous, a left-handed-hitting third baseman. He hit .339 for the Jaguars.

UPDATE 3:49 P.M.: Another right-handed pitcher, Gabriel Soquilon, goes in the 25th round, out of Horizon Christian HS in California.

UPDATE 3:38 P.M.: In the 24th round, the M’s took Tanner Chleborad, a right-handed pitcher from Stevens High School in South Dakota. He’s 6-foot-6 and signed to attend Washington State University.

UPDATE 3:24 P.M.: The Mariners took right-handed pitcher Richard White in the 23rd round. He’s listed as “no school.” I did some googling, and apparently he’s from the Virgin Islands and throws 96 mph.

According to Baseball America, he’s the top prospect from the Virgin Islands (not sure if that’s high praise).

UPDATE 3:13 P.M.: The Mariners took John Taylor, a right-handed pitcher from U. of South Carolina, in the 22nd round. Taylor pitched solely in relief for a very good South Carolina team still alive in the NCAA Super Regional, appearing in 43 games. He is 5-1 with a 1.32 ERA. In 61 1/3 innings, Taylor has given up just 38 hits, limiting opponents to a .178 average. He has struck out 61 and walked 23. Taylor hasn’t given up a homer all season.

UPDATE 3:04 P.M.: We’re on the home stretch now on the second day, which goes 30 rounds. In the 21st round, the M’s took right-handed pitcher Joe DiRocco from Seton Hall. He was 8-2 with a 1.97 ERA in 17 games, all starts, working 118 2/3 innings. DiRocco gave up 91 hits, walked 40 and struck out 82 while allowing opponents a .216 average.

UPDATE 2:42 P.M.: Dillon Hazlett, a second baseman from Emporia State, is the pick in the 20th round. Hazlett, a transfer from University of North Carolina, hit .433 and stole 43 bases in 45 attempts.

UPDATE 2:40 P.M.: The M’s go for their fifth catcher of the day in the 19th round, Luke Guarnaccia of Palm Beach Community College. I

UPDATE 2:21 P.M.: The M’s get a left-handed pitcher out of Horizon High School in Arizona, Nicholas Valenza, in the 18th round.

UPDATE 2:06 P.M.: The Mariners selected Miami center fielder Nathan Melendres in the 17th round. He hit .326 for the Hurricanes with two homers and 25 RBIs, stealing 24 bases in 27 attempts.

UPDATE 1:47 P.M.: The Mariners dipped into the Pac-10 for the first time in the 16th round, taking Oregon catcher Jack Marder. It’s their fourth catcher of the day. He hit just .209 this season, with two homers and 19 RBIs.

UPDATE 1:39 P.M.: In the 15th round, the Mariners selected Florida State right-handed pitcher Mike McGee. He was 4-3 with a 4.02 ERA in 17 games (six starts), striking out 39 and walking 29 in 40 1/3 innings. McGee gave up 30 hits and limited opponents to a .201 average.

UPDATE 1:26 P.M.: The Mariners took center fielder Jamal Austin from Alabama-Birmingham in the 13th round, and right-handed pitcher Cody Weiss from La Salle in the 14th round.

Austin hit .351 this year with no homers and 28 RBIs. He stole 26 bases in 32 attempts. Weiss was 3-6 with a 6.32 ERA this season in 16 games (11 starts). He struck out 50 and walked 30 in 62 2/3 innings.

UPDATE 1:11 P.M.: In the 11th round, the M’s took Cameron Hobson, a left-handed pitcher from Dayton. And in the 12th round, Michael Dowd, a 5-8, 205-pound catcher from Franklin Pierce University. Dowd hit .340 with three homers and 37 RBIs this year. According to the school website, he “recorded the fourth-highest hit-by-pitch total (14, 2009) in a single season in program history.”

Hobson was 7-1 with a 3.43 ERA in 18 games (eight starts). In 78 2/3 innings, he gave up 79 hits, struck out 83, and walked 16.

UPDATE 12:30 P.M.: The Mariners’ 10th-round pick is second baseman Daniel Paolini from Siena College. Paolini has some impressive power numbers. As a sophomore, he hit .368 and set a school and conference record with 26 homers. This year, with new bat regulations in college, he still hit .346 with 19 homers and 67 RBIs. He’s listed as 6-0, 195 pounds.

UPDATE 12:24 P.M.: The Mariners made an interesting choice in the ninth round — shortstop Cavon Cohoes. He’s from Patch American High School in Stuttgart, Germany. His parents are in the military stationed in Germany. Cohoes is committed to Ohio State University. Here’s an article on him from Stars and Stripes (probably my first-ever link to Stars and Stripes). That 4.33 40-yard dash time is intriguing.

UPDATE 12:10 P.M.: The Mariners took RHP Carson Smith of Texas State University in the eighth round. He’s 6-foot-6, 205 pounds. Baseball America ranks him No. 158. Smith has been Southland Conference pitcher of the year in each of the past two seasons. This past year, he struck out 114 in 95 innings. He is projected as a reliever, according to Baseball America. He has been clocked at 97 mph out of the bullpen, but has had shoulder problems.

UPDATE 12:00 NOON: The Mariners made the most of their frequent scouting trips to Virginia to watch Danny Hultzen. Earlier, they took Virginia catcher John Hicks, and in the seventh round they selected third baseman Steven Proscia. The 6-2, 210-pound junior is hitting .341 with eight homers and 58 RBIs.

Baseball America has Proscia ranked as the No. 144 prospect in the draft. He played on the Don Bosco Prep high school team in New Jersey that finished No. 2 in the country in 2008, and was also wide receiver and defensive back on their nationally ranked football team.

UPDATE 11:50 A.M.: In the sixth round, the Mariners took a left-handed center fielder, James Zamarripa from Rancho Cucamonga High School in California.

As a draft interlude, here’s today’s Mariners’ minor-league report, with details on the latest Tacoma/Mike Carp offensive explosion.

UPDATE 11 A.M.: In the fifth round, the Mariners selected catcher Tyler Marlette from Hagerty High School in Orlando. It’s their second straight pick of a catcher.

The M’s might have gotten some good value here. Baseball America ranked Marlette as their No. 72 prospect, and the Mariners used the No. 153 overall pick to select him. He is signed to play at Central Florida. At the Aflac All-Star Game last summer, he was named the game’s MVP and homered at Petco Park — something Padres players have trouble doing. The biggest concern is that at 5-11, 195, he’s small for a catcher.

Here’s a Marlette highlight video. It starts slowly, but stick with it.

UPDATE 10:24 A.M.: The M’s just had two rapid-fire picks. In the comp round after Round 3 (as compensation for failing to sign last year’s third-round pick, Ryne Stanek), they took right-handed pitcher Carter Capps of Mount Olive College, a converted catcher who throws 97 mph. And two picks later, with their fourth-round pick, they selected catcher John Hicks from the University of Virginia — the battery mate of No. 1 pick Danny Hultzen.

According to the Mount Olive website, Capps is a 6-5, 220-pound sophomore. He was 14-1 in 2011 in 20 appearances (15 starts) with a 1.75 ERA. Capps worked 118 innings, allowing 82 hits, striking out 129 and walking 18.

Hicks, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound is hitting .339 in 61 games for Virginia, with seven homers, 21 doubles and 54 RBIs. he has a .516 slugging percentage. He is listed on Virginia’s roster as a catcher/first baseman/outfielder.

Keith Law of ESPN had Hicks ranked as the No. 83 overall prospect. He wrote: “The best thing that could have happened to Hicks this year was to have Danny Hultzen emerge as a top-10 prospect, because it meant Hicks got more looks from scouts than just about any catcher in this draft. And catching Hultzen meant Hicks could show off his receiving skills.”

UPDATE 9:50 A.M.: In the third round (No. 92 overall), the Mariners selected first baseman Kevin Cron from Mountain Pointe High School in Arizona. Keith Law of ESPN had him ranked No. 72 overall as a catcher — but the Mariners announced him as a first baseman. He is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, and his brother, C.J. Cron, a first baseman from Utah, was taken yesterday in the first round by the Angels. What an exciting week for the Cron’s, whose dad manages in the Tigers’ farm system.

Cron has committed to play baseball for TCU, but that doesn’t mean he won’t sign. He’s another big, strong power hitter to add to the mix in the Mariners’ farm system.

Here’s what Law had to say about him: “Already 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds at age 18, Cron has the strength and raw power you’d expect, complemented by a fairly clean swing, short to the ball with excellent extension through it. He puts on a real show in BP even if you downgrade him for the good hitting environment of Arizona. He has arm strength but is already too big to project as a catcher, and may end up a DH in the long run.

“That is some kind of pop, though, so if you were waiting for that one high school DH to take in the first few rounds, this might be him.”

Baseball America ranks Cron as the No. 133 prospect. Cron this year broke the Arizona high school career home run record, finishing with 27 this year and 59 in his career. He led his team to the state title. Baseball America says he’s limited to first base because of “lack of athleticism and below-average speed.” The right-handed hitter has tremendous raw power, however. SIgnability could be an issue. He’s said to be looking for a seven-figure bonus, and has the TCU commitment as bargaining leverage.

Here’s video of Cron hitting a home run that will get you excited if you’re a Mariners fan.

Here’s an in-depth story on Cron from Baseball America.


Sorry for a bit of a late start. I got caught in a horrendous traffic jam driving to Seattle that doubled my commute time.

The Mariners have taken Clemson shortstop Brad Miller in the second round with the No. 62 overall pick. He hits left-handed and has a .395 batting average, five homers and 50 RBIs this season. He has stolen 21 bases in 26 attempts. But there are definite questions about his defense, but after committing 55 errors his first two years, he has reduced that number to 12 this season as a junior.

Miller is 6-1, 185 pounds and is ranked as the No. 68 prospect by Baseball America. Keith Law of ESPN did not have him in his top 100.

In their scouting report, Baseball America says that Miller has an odd batting approach that evokes Craig Counsell, holding his hands high at the beginning of the at-bat. They also call him a “baseball rat,” which is the kind of guy scouting director Tom McNamara likes. I recall him using virtually the same term to describe another shortstop he drafted — Nick Franklin two years ago.

Miller was the ACC Player of the Year this season — quite an honor in that conference — for hitting .431 in conference play to lead the ACC, with a .536 on-base percentage. Says Baseball America: “He’s been inconsistent defensively, including 31 errors as a sophomore, and has had inconsistent throwing mechanics. He has been steadier this spring but probably fits better at second base.”

Here is another rundown on Miller. Here’s an article on Miller becoming the first Clemson player named ACC Player of the Year since Khalil Greene in 2002.



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