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June 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Mariners sign 27 players from 2012 draft (includes team assignments)

Here is today’s Mariner minor-league report.

CLARIFICATION: Just wanted to make clear that if a team fails to sign a player in the top 10 rounds, it can’t apply the budgeted amount for that player to use for signing other players. It simply loses that amount from its overall budget. I indicated otherwise yesterday, for which I apologize.

UPDATE: According to Baseball America’s calculations — and they do an incredible job keeping up with this stuff — the Mariners are $355,700 over their MLB-mandated budget of $8,223,400 to sign their picks through the first 10 rounds. Remember, there are severe penalties if you go over that pool amount, and I don’t expect the Mariners to do so. The current Baseball America figures don’t yet reflect the signings of Chris Taylor in the fifth round or Tim Lopes is the sixth round, but right know all the excess is due to signing second-rounder Joe DeCarlo for $1,300,000, which is $494,000 over his pool amount of $806,000. Fourth-rounder Patrick Kivlehan signed for $300,000 ($53,300 under his pool amount of $353,300), and 10th-rounder Grady Wood signed for $40,000 ($85,000 under his pool amount of $125,000). The other signees listed by Baseball America were right on their pool amount — seventh-rounder Taylor Ard at $149,700 and ninth-rounder Jamodrick McGruder at $130,500. First-round pick Mike Zunino, the third overall selection, is their big-ticket item, of course, with $5,200,000 allotted by MLB for his signing. Teams can go over the league-mandated pool figure for any player, but they can’t go over in aggregate without the penalties, which included taxes and, in extreme cases, lost picks.

FYI, Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA is reporting that third-round supplemental pick Tyler Pike, a left-handed pitcher from Winter Haven (Florida) HS — not on the Mariners’ list of signees — has signed for $850,000, which is $479,200 over the pick value of $370,800. That would put the Mariners $834,900 over their pool budget.


The Mariners just announced the signing of 27 players from the draft, including 25 of their first 30 picks, and seven in the first 10 years.

“We are excited to get these players in uniform and see all the young talent we recently drafted in action,” scouting director Tom McNamara said in a statement.

Interestingly, neither right-handed pitcher Edwin Diaz, their third-round pick, nor left-handed pitcher Tyler Pike, their their round compensatory pick, are listed. Both were at Safeco Field yesterday, so maybe the paperwork hasn’t gone through.

That leaves 14 players unsigned, including top draft pick Mike Zunino. Those negotiations are on hold until Florida finishes its collegiate season; they are headed to the College World Series in Omaha. Talking to his father, Reds scout Greg Zunino, I think it’s going to get done.

The only other unsigned player through round 17 is eighth-rounder Nick Halamandaris, a high school first baseman from Monterey, Calif. Mike Yastrzemski, their 30th rounder, is unsigned. The feeling all along is that he is likely to return to Vanderbilt for his senior year.

Here are the signed players, with the round in which they were selected in parentheses:

Right-Handed Pitchers (8) Grady Wood (10th), Blake Hauser (13th), Dominic Leone (16th), Levi Dean (23rd), Matt Vedo (24th), Mark Bordonaro (25th), Aaron Brooks (26th) and Matt Brazis (28th).

Left-Handed Pitchers (5) Nate Koneski (19th), Steven Ewing (20th), Scott DeCecco (21st), Blake Holovach (27th) and Rusty Shellhorn (31st).

<strong>Catcher (1) Toby Demello (29th).

Infielders (10) Joe DeCarlo (2nd), Patrick Kivlehan (4th), Chris Taylor (5th), Tim Lopes (6th), Taylor Ard (7th), Jamodrick McGruder (9th), Kristian Brito (11th), Brock Hebert (14th), Gabrial Franca (22nd) and Richard Palase (32nd).

Outfielders (3) Michael Faulkner (12th), Dario Pizzano (15th) and Jabari Henry (18th).

Short-A Everett begins play Friday at Tri-City. They play an exhibition game tonight against the Everett Merchants. Pulaski, another rookie league team that will be stocked with draftees, gets started next Tuesday, June 19. The rookie Peoria Mariners start on Wednesday, June 20.

Here are the assignments of this year’s signed draft picks:


INF Patrick Kivlehan (4th round)

INF Chris Taylor (5th)

INF Taylor Ard (7th)

INF Jamodrick McGruder (9th)

RHP Grady Wood (10th)

OF Michael Faulkner (12th)

RHP Blake Hauser (13th)

RHP Dominic Leone (16th)

LHP Steven Ewing (20th)

LHP Scott DeCecco (21st)

RHP Matt Vedo (24th)

RHP Mark Bordonaro (25th)


INF Brock Hebert (14th)

OF Dario Pizzano (15th)

OF Jabari Henry (18th)

LHP Nate Koneski (19th)

RHP Levi Dean (23rd)

LHP Blake Holovach (27th)

RHP Matt Brazis (28th)

C Toby Demello (29th)


INF Joe DeCarlo (2nd)

INF Tim Lopes (6th)

INF Kristian Brito (11th)

INF Gabrial Franca (22nd)

RHP Aaron Brooks (26th)

LHP Rusty Shellhorn (31st)

INF Richard Palase (32nd)



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