• With catcher being one of the weakest positions in the Mariners' farm system, the team went with back-to-back backstops with John Hicks in the fourth round and Florida high schooler Tyler Marlette in the fifth round. Marlette has some raw power, a good arm and the makeup teams look for in catchers.
• The Cubs went with Arizona prep righthander Tayler Scott, one of the most interesting stories in the draft. Scott moved to the United States from South Africa a few years ago and is also a standout soccer player. He's an above-average runner and has a fastball in the 90-93 mph range with a promising curveball. Scott is committed to Arizona.
• Marlins scouting director Stan Meek is from Oklahoma and loves getting hometown arms. Righthander Mason Hope shows promise with his 90-92 mph fastball and could add velocity in the future. His curveball is a wipeout pitch at times and it just shows how deep the state is when Hope was the fifth prep arm gone in the state.
• Several interesting middle infielders went in the 5th round, including Texas shortstop Brandon Loy to Detroit, Texas Christian shortstop Taylor Featherston to the Rockies, Tennessee high school shortstop Mookie Betts to Boston and Louisville second baseman Ryan Wright to the Reds.
• The Blue Jays are taking some chances on pitchers with injuries. After taking Texas A&M righthander John Stilson, they took Massachusetts prep lefthander Andrew Chin, who needed Tommy John surgery earlier this year.
• The Cardinals love groundball pitchers and that's exactly what they're getting in Oregon State righthander Sam Gaviglio. He can reach back for 90 mph on occasion, but mostly sits in the 86-89 mph range. He gets tremendous sink on his fastball, but can still command the pitch and he lives in the bottom half of the strike zone. The movement makes Gaviglio a groundball machine and he mixes in an above-average changeup and a good slider. He mostly uses the changeup against righthanded batters and the slider against lefties, so the pitches break in toward their hands. He changes speeds well on his offspeed stuff, adding and subtracting to always keep hitters guessing. Gaviglio has a lot of moxie and is a smart pitcher that controls the running game well.
• The Yankees picked Colorado high school catcher Greg Bird in the fifth round, but Bird is a longshot to remain at catcher. He has power from the left side of the plate, but mostly played first base for his high school team this spring. The Yankees have been reaching for a lot of corner bats so far in this draft.
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