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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

June 8, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Day 3 of the MLB Draft

Here’s a heartwarming draft story for you: In the 33rd round, the Rangers selected Johnathan Taylor, an outfielder from the University of Georgia who was paralyzed in an outfield collision and may never walk again.

The final draft numbers for the Mariners: 28 pitchers (22 of them right-handers, six lefties), seven catchers, nine infielders (three first basemen, two second basemen, one third baseman, three shortstops), and seven outfielders. Of the 28 pitchers, 22 were selected in their final 31 picks. In all, 22 of the 28 pitchers taken by the Mariners were out of college. The first high-school pitcher they took was lefty Nick Valenza (Horizon High in Scottsdale, AZ) in the 18th round.

The Mariners selected 38 college players and 13 high school players. They selected players from 22 states, led by California with 11 and Florida with eight, as well as Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands.

UPDATE 11:41 a.m.: Here are Rounds 41-50 for the Mariners, which yielded six more right-handed pitchers (making 22 of them selected so far in this draft).

Round 41: RHP Bobby Shore, Oklahoma (3-2, 4.14 ERA, 15 games, nine starts, one complete game, 54.1 innings, 42 hits, 44 strikeouts, 20 walks, .218 opponents average)

Round 42: Catcher David Villasuso, Miami (.217, one homer, eight RBIs).

Round 43: RHP Marcos Reyna, Bakersfield College (4-4, 2.41, 11 games, 11 starts, one complete game, 78.1 innings, 47 hits, 85 strikeouts, 39 walks, .172 opponents average).

Round 44: RHP Joshua Corrales, Cal State Dominguez Hills (6-2, 2.21 ERA, 13 games, 13 starts, 1 complete game, 89.2 innings, 74 hits, 90 strikeouts, 26 walks, .225 opponents average).

Round 45: Right fielder Charles Jimenez, Milton High School, FL.

Round 46: RHP Maxx Catapano, Lee University, CT. (9-5, 2.29 ERA, 17 games, 14 starts, four complete games, 82.2 innings, 71 hits, 79 strikeouts, 34 walks, .230 opponents average).

Round 47: RHP Brandon Plotz, Chabot College, CA. (8-1, 3.11 ERA, 12 games, 11 starts, one complete game, 66.2 innings, 62 hits, 58 strikeouts, 32 walks, .252 opponents average).

Round 48: RHP Max Krakowiak, Fordham (5-6, 4.23 ERA, 14 games, 14 starts, 83 innings, 77 hits, 61 strikeouts, 36 walks, .255 opponents average).

Round 49: First baseman Andrew Grifol of Santa Fe College, Gaineseville, FL. (.313, five homers, nine doubles, 38 RBIs, .476 slugging percentage, .406 on-base percentage). I’m not sure if he’s related to Mariners’ farm director Pedro Grifol, but he’s not his son. According to the Mariners’ media guide, Pedro has only daughters. (Turns out Andrew is Pedro’s younger brother).

Round 50: First baseman Esteban Tresgallo, Colegio Marista de Guaynabo, Puerto Rico (he’s listed as 6-2, 200).

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I’m not going to go so far as to call this a live blog, because I’m not going to update with every pick today, which consists of rounds 31 through 50. But I’ll have a couple of bulk installments, starting here with the first 10 picks of the day.

If the focus yesterday by the Mariners was right-handed pitching (they picked 12 of them), today it was lefties, at least early. The first three picks were left-handed pitchers. And then they went right back on the righty train, selecting four more in five picks from Round 36 through 40. They also chose one player from the state, Taylor Smith-Brennan, a second baseman from Edmonds Community College (and Meadowdale High School).

Here’s what they’ve done so far:

Round 31: LHP Kyle Hunter, Kansas State (5-5, 4.57 ERA, 16 games, all starts, 90.2 innings pitched, 97 hits allowed, 25 walks, 80 strikeouts)

Round 32: LHP Ryan Hawthorne, Loyola Marymount (0-3, 2.31 ERA, 22 games, all relief, 10 saves, 23.1 innings, 16 hits allowed, 24 strikeouts, nine walks, .195 opponents average)

Round 33: LHP Jeremy Dobbs, Austin Peay (9-3, 3.59 ERA, 18 games, 13 starts, 90.1 innings, 89 hits, 87 strikeouts, 52 walks)

Round 34: Second baseman Taylor Smith-Brennan, Edmonds CC (.360, four homers, 24 RBIs. Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald has already talked to Smith-Brennan).

Round 35: Left fielder Cory Scammell, St. Francis Xavier High School

Round 36: RHP Bo Reeder, East Tennessee State (0-1, 1.95 ERA, 24 games, all relief, 18 saves, 27.2 innings, 16 hits allowed, 32 strikeouts, 12 walks. Reeder also hit .316 with 15 homers and 59 RBIs).

Round 37: RHP Jeremy Null, Bunker Hill High School, NC

Round 38: RHP Alexander Sunderland, Claremont McKenna College, CO (5-6, 4.03 ERA, 14 games, all starts, 89.1 innings, 75 hits, 69 strikeouts, 28 walks)

Round 39: First baseman Christopher Andreas, Sam Houston State (.332, 12 homers, 54 RBIs, 18 doubles, .592 slugging percentage, .427 on-base percentage. Andreas is 6-3, 215).

Round 40: RHP Trevor Miller, San Joaquin Delta College, CA

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