Seattle Mariners

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 2 Danny Hultzen LHP Virginia Va. $6,350,000
Hultzen was a late riser at St. Albans High in Washington, D.C., three years ago, but teams correctly figured they wouldn't be able to sign him away from his Virginia commitment. The Diamondbacks took a shot in the 10th round, but he headed to Charlottesville and immediately became the Friday starter. He was a Freshman All-American in 2009 as a two-way player, batting .327 and going 9-1, 2.17, and was a second team All-American in 2010, going 10-1, 2.83. Considered a first-round prospect coming into 2011, Hultzen has pitched himself into consideration for the No. 1 pick, going 9-3, 1.49 with 131 strikeouts and 15 walks in 90 innings as UVa spent much of the season at No. 1. Hultzen has a strong frame at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and offers two plus pitches and above-average command. After working mostly at 88-91 mph his first two college seasons, Hultzen now sits around 93 and touches 96. His changeup is his best secondary pitch, and he commands it well and gets good fade thanks to a low three-quarters arm slot. His slider also shows flashes of being an above-average pitch. His arm slot can make it difficult to find consistency in the pitch, but scouts say he's now closer to the higher arm slot he showed in high school than the low three-quarters he had the last two years at UVa. A good athlete, Hultzen has seen time as a first baseman and DH in all three of his college seasons, though the Cavaliers have limited his at-bats in the last two years. He could be the safest bet among the top prospects in the country and isn't likely to make it past the first five picks.
2 62 Brad Miller SS Clemson S.C. $750,000
Teams pursued Miller out of an Orlando high school, but his signability pushed him to the 39th round. He started at shortstop for most of his first two years for Clemson, and spent the last two summers with USA Baseball's college national team. After failing to register an extra-base hit in the summer of 2009, he hit .441 last summer with four doubles and a home run. Miller kept hitting this spring, especially after returning from a broken finger. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference in batting (.431) and on-base percentage (.536), earning ACC player of the year honors despite an odd approach that evokes Craig Counsell. He holds his hands high to start his stance, and while he doesn't always get his hands into an ideal hitting position, he has excellent hand-eye coordination and keeps his bat in the strike zone a long time. 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. He's a solid-average runner, if not a tick above-average, and has good baserunning instincts. He's a baseball rat with good makeup.
3 92 Kevin Cron 1B Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix Ariz.
C.J. Cron isn't the only Cron in this draft with a huge bat. His younger brother shattered the Arizona high school career home run record this year, finishing with 59, including 27 this season as he helped his team win a state title. Cron is almost a clone of his older brother. He has a softer body at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, but it's all about the hitting and power tools for those two. Kevin has some arm strength but will be limited to first base because of his lack of athleticism and below-average speed. High school first basemen that hit from the right side of the plate aren't usually premium picks, but Cron's bat is that intriguing. He has good bat speed and well above-average raw power. Rumors had him looking for a seven-figure signing bonus, and if he doesn't get an offer to his liking he'd be happy to honor his commitment to Texas Christian.
3s 121 Carter Capps RHP Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C. $500,000
A catcher in high school, Capps redshirted as a college freshman and then moved to the mound at the behest of Mount Olive coach Carl Lancaster. That idea looks brilliant, as Capps has a career mark of 12-0, 1.59 with 110 strikeouts and 13 walks in 96 innings. He has a big, durable body at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, and arm strength to boot. His fastball can range from 90-96 mph, usually sitting in the low 90s with hard sink. He has a slider that shows occasional depth, as well as a curveball and changeup, though those two pitches need work. Capps will likely shift to a bullpen role because his stuff plays better there and he has issues with his delivery. He throws across his body and has a long stride that makes it difficult for him to get out front. Scouts think his mechanics can be ironed out, but still like him better as a reliever.
4 123 John Hicks C Virginia Va. $240,000
Hicks could provide a lot of value if he can stay behind the plate. He has shown improvement defensively, though his arm is average and the receiving skills are fringy. He is a good athlete with a live body, and teams may think that will allow him to continue to develop as a catcher. Hicks has some power, but he's more likely to work the gaps while teammate Steven Proscia has more loft. Hicks has shown good plate discipline this season, though his swing can get long at times. If a team buys into him as a catcher, he could go higher than Proscia; he doesn't profile nearly as well as a first baseman or corner outfielder.
5 153 Tyler Marlette C Hagerty HS, Oviedo, Fla. Fla. $650,000
Evaluators like Marlette's fast-twitch athletic ability behind the plate, and his power potential is sending his draft stock higher. He has shown excellent bat speed in past showcase events, such as the Aflac all-star game last summer, when he homered at Petco Park and was the game's MVP. Then he got hot in front of crosscheckers and other high-level scouts this spring, showing power to all fields, an improvement from his past approach. Marlette has above-average arm strength as well, and earns praise for his grinder mentality. He has the makeup to be a take-charge catcher. The biggest concerns center on his size (he's 5-foot-11, 195 pounds) and scouts' views of how well he'll receive. He has a tendency to lose his front side in his swing, opening his hips early and yanking everything to his pull side. A Central Florida signee, Marlette has a chance to jump into the supplemental round and should go in the first three rounds if he's signable.
6 183 James Zamarripa OF Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) HS Calif. $200,000
James Zamarripa has an athletic, compact frame at 5-foot-11, 195 pounds. His lefthanded swing has some strength, though he does not project as a big power hitter. He's a good runner with a strong arm and a nose for the ball in center field. He's committed to San Diego State.
7 213 Steve Proscia 3B Virginia Va. $160,000
Proscia attended New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep for high school, when he was a third baseman on a team that finished No. 2 in the country in 2008, as well as a wide receiver and defensive back for the nationally ranked football team. At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, he is a physical athlete. He doesn't move well laterally but has a chance to stay at third base thanks to a strong arm, soft hands and ability to come in on balls. He can handle the bat, though sometimes he swings too much with his upper body and shoulders rather than letting his hands work. He has solid power, tying teammate John Hicks with five home runs for the team lead in Virginia's expansive ballpark.
8 243 Carson Smith RHP Texas State Texas $215,000
After having little success as a freshman at Grayson County (Texas) CC in 2009, Smith has been the Southland Conference pitcher of the year in each of his two seasons at Texas State. He ended the regular season with 12 straight quality starts, lowering his ERA to 1.98 with 114 strikeouts in 95 innings. Though he has three pitches and has had success as a starter, scouts project Smith as a reliever because of his delivery. He slings the ball with a lot of effort while keeping his elbow low and close to his side, and doesn't appear suited to durability or command. Smith came down with shoulder tendinitis in the offseason and has pitched through shoulder issues this spring. He also has a high leg kick that provides deception. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder has been clocked at 97 mph coming out of the bullpen last year, compared to 90-93 mph early in games and 88-92 mph later in 2010. His low arm angle does add sink to his fastball and his changeup, and his slider can be a swing-and-miss pitch at times.
9 273 Cavan Cohoes SS Patch HS, Stuttgart, Germany $650,000
Cohoes attends Germany's Patch High School, an American high school on the Patch Barracks, so he is the rare European prospect who is also draft-eligible. A 6-foot-2, 185-pound shortstop, Cohoes is extremely raw even by European standards but gets attention for his projectable body and excellent athleticism. He's one of the best athletes in Europe and a plus runner with an above-average arm. His hands need work but he has the speed to play center field if he can't stick at shortstop. Scouts' biggest question with Cohoes is his bat. He has a quick stroke, but he has trouble maintaining his swing and is raw at the plate. He has hit well against his high school competition but he hasn't had to face Europe's best prospects. He has a verbal commitment to Ohio State and would likely face a difficult transition to pro ball if he signs, but professional instruction could help him unlock his raw potential.
10 303 Dan Paolini 2B Siena N.Y. $125,000
A pitching prospect for most of his high school career, Dan Paolini sustained a shoulder injury and had labrum surgery before his senior year, but Siena still pursued him as a hitter. As a sophomore, Paolini ranked second nationally with 26 home runs, and the new bats this season only slightly slowed his production, as he walloped another 17. Scouts were more concerned with his numbers in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .200 with four doubles and one home run in 110 at-bats last summer. Power is his only plus tool, and he has a long, uppercut swing, making some scouts wonder whether his bat speed will play against premium velocity. Though he's a good athlete, Paolini bulked up this year and looked stiff. He is a below-average defender with an average arm and likely will move to left field. Paolini should get popped between rounds eight and 15.
11 333 Cameron Hobson LHP Dayton Ohio
Lefthander Cameron Hobson set Dayton records for single-season (105) and career (256) strikeouts this season. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder usually pitches around 91 mph and touches 93 with his fastball. He improved his slider and filled the strike zone, but he still carries the reputation of being very good when he's on and easy to hit when he's not. The Yankees selected him in the 37th round as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2010.
12 363 Mike Dowd C Franklin Pierce (N.H.) N.H. $100,000
Mike Dowd is a 5-foot-9, 210-pound backstop with pure arm strength that receives 70 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale. Dowd has average receiving skills and doesn't move well behind the plate, but he makes up for those deficiencies with his throwing ability and churns out 1.85-second pop times. Scouts question how Dowd's bat will play at the next level, as he struggled in the Cape Cod League, hitting .238 with one extra-base hit in 44 plate appearances last summer. Using wood for the last three years should ease his professional transition. A Division-II Preseason All-American, Dowd has a contact approach and shows raw power at times. He profiles best as a big league backup.
13 393 Jamal Austin OF Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
Speedy veterans Jamal Austin and Nick Crawford also could get a shot, but both are small at 5-foot-9. Austin, more physical at 170 pounds, is a plus runner and basestealer, and he makes consistent contact. He has no power to speak of and needs to improve his short game.
14 423 Cody Weiss RHP La Salle Pa.
La Salle righthander Cody Weiss has a similar build to that of Kyle McMyne and a tick less on the fastball. He'll range from 90-94 mph with his fastball, but the lack of quality offspeed stuff hinders him. He's had an up-and-down year, going 3-6, 6.32, and eventually got moved to the bullpen.
15 453 Mike McGee OF Florida State Fla.
16 483 Jack Marder C Oregon Ore. $200,000
Andrew Susac isn't the only draft-eligible sophomore catcher in the state. Oregon's Jack Marder also fits that bill. Used mostly as a right fielder and first baseman last year, Marder has been behind the plate this year and has flashed outstanding defensive at times. He's an above-average athlete and it shows. He has soft hands, moves well and puts up pop times in the 1.85-second range. He's inconsistent, mostly because he's new to the position. He was a middle infielder in high school and split time between right field and first base last year. He's also a diabetic who plays with an insulin pump. He looked like a natural behind the plate and handled a quality pitching staff. He has the makeup teams seek in a backstop and has shown an ability to hit in the past, though his bat was down this year as he focused on defense.
17 513 Nate Melendres OF Miami Fla. $150,000
At 5-foot-10, 197 pounds, Melendres has four tools that are average or better. He is a solid-average defender and plus runner who plays the short game well and makes consistent contact. He's a good basestealer whose bat lacks impact potential due to his lack of power. Melendres' average arm helps him profile as a fourth outfielder.
18 543 Nick Valenza LHP Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz. $140,000
Lefthander Nick Valenza is undersized at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, but he has a lightning-quick arm and has touched 93 mph this spring. He also throws a quality changeup and a power breaking ball, though he needs to improve his control. He's committed to Nevada.
19 573 Luke Guarnaccia C Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla. $250,000
The Mariners went hard after catching in this year's draft, as Guarnaccia was one of five catchers signed for $100,000 or more. The M's liked Guarnaccia in 2010, drafting him in the 21st round out of high school and followed his progress at Palm Beach (Fla.) CC, getting him in the 19th round in 2011. Guarnaccia is a good athlete that shows solid arm strength and footwork. A switch-hitter, he has raw power from both sides of the plate, but more from the left side, and he runs well for a catcher.
20 603 Dillon Hazlett 2B Emporia State (Kan.) Kan.
Dillon Hazlett starred for two years at Allen County (Kan.) CC and hit .324 at North Carolina last season before transferring to Emporia State for his senior year. He batted .433, set a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association record with a 32-game hitting streak and ranked among the NCAA Division II leaders in hits (93), doubles (25) and steals (43 in 45 attempts). A 6-foot-2, 180-pound righthanded hitter, he's a good athlete with plus speed and solid power and arm strength. He played infield for most of his college career but looked more comfortable after the Hornets moved him to center field.
21 633 Joe DiRocco RHP Seton Hall N.J.
Seton Hall righthander Joe DiRocco will likely be the first college player picked out of New Jersey. He had a successful season, going 6-1, 1.54 in 100 innings with 71 strikeouts and 36 walks, and succeeds with his feel for pitching more than his stuff. He sits in the upper 80s and can touch 90-91 mph, and his secondary stuff and command are average.
22 663 John Taylor RHP South Carolina S.C.
23 693 Richard White RHP St. Croix Educational HS, St. Thomas, V.I. V.I.
The Virgin Islands' top talent, righthander Richard White, has a lot of effort in his delivery but has a loose, quick arm that has helped him touch 94 mph. He more regularly sits in the 90-91 mph range. At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, he's a slightly more physical version of Akeel Morris, the Mets 10th-rounder out of the Virgin Islands last year.
24 723 Tanner Chleborad RHP Stevens HS, Rapid City, S.D. S.D.
Righthander Tanner Chleborad is projectable as a 6-foot-5, 200-pounder with good mechanics. After throwing in the low 80s last summer, he's now up to 86-89 mph with his fastball. His secondary pitches are well below-average, so he needs to develop at Washington State rather than turn pro.
25 753 Gabe Saquilon RHP Horizon Christian HS, San Diego Calif. $100,000
26 783 Kenny Straus 3B Georgia Perimeter JC Ga.
27 813 David Colvin RHP Pomona Pitzer (Calif.) Calif.
Southern California's best Division III prospect is Pomona-Pitzer senior righty David Colvin, a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder who pitched for Cotuit in the Cape Cod League last summer. Colvin pitches with a fringe-average 88-91 mph fastball, a passable slider and a changeup that's his best pitch. Colvin will be an organizational player with a middle relief ceiling.
28 843 Brett Shankin RHP Wayne State (Mich.) Mich.
Brett Shankin blossomed as a senior at Wayne State and earned a shot at pro ball. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound righthander depends on his 88-92 mph sinker because his secondary pitches are fringy, but he throws strikes with his entire repertoire. He projects as a middle reliever.
29 873 Keone Kela RHP Chief Sealth HS, Seattle Wash.
30 903 Jordan Pries RHP Stanford Calif.
31 933 Kyle Hunter LHP Kansas State Kan.
Kyle Hunter is a classic pitchability lefthander. The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder won't light up a radar gun, but he will locate his 87-89 mph fastball to both sides of the plate and touch 91. His changeup is his best pitch, and he has a little slider that's effective. Kansas State's best starter the last two years, he has been drafted twice, by the White Sox in the 33rd round out of high school and by the Yankees in the 43rd round as a sophomore-eligible last year. He's related to Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling.
32 963 Ryan Hawthorne LHP Loyola Marymount Calif.
33 993 Jeremy Dobbs LHP Austin Peay State Tenn.
Dobbs, drafted out of high school by the Orioles, has more arm strength, regularly pitching with average velocity and touching 92. He locates his slider better than he has in the past and has a useful changeup as well.
34 1023 Taylor Smith-Brennan 2B Edmonds (Wash.) CC Wash.
Taylor Brennan was drafted in the 29th round by the Angels last year out of high school but chose not to sign. Originally headed for Lewis-Clark State in Idaho, Brennan opted to remain closer to home (and make himself draft-eligible again) at Edmonds CC. Scouts liked Brennan more when he had a looser body and could play shortstop, but he has added 20 pounds of muscle to his frame in recent years and now is at second base. The bulk has hurt more than it helped. Brennan lost agility in the field, tightened up at the plate and is now a below-average runner.
35 1053 Cory Scammell OF St. Francis Xavier HS, Edmonton Alberta
Outfielder Cory Scammell is a physical 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, but he doesn't run well and his arm is just average, so all his value will lie in his bat. He has strength and shows flashes of loft power with his lefthanded swing; he just needs more experience.
36 1083 Bo Reeder RHP East Tennessee State Tenn.
Bo Reeder is a squat two-way player who is listed at 6 feet, 195 pounds. As a closer, his fastball sits in the 90-92 range, touching 95, and he attacks hitters but might fit better as a hitter. He played third base for the Buccaneers and could play behind the plate or at second base if he's athletic enough to stay there. He's unrefined as a hitter but has good bat speed and surprising pop.
37 1113 Jeremy Null RHP Bunker Hill HS, Claremont, N.C. N.C.
Jeremy Null is 6-foot-8, 215 pounds and pitches with an upper-80s fastball, touching 90-91 mph. His delivery is well controlled for his age and size. His offspeed stuff leaves a lot to be desired for now, but he obviously offers plenty of projection. Null is headed to Western Carolina.
38 1143 Alex Sunderland RHP Claremont McKenna (Calif.) Calif.
39 1173 Chris Andreas OF Sam Houston State Texas
40 1203 Trevor Miller RHP San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) JC Calif.
41 1233 Bobby Shore RHP Oklahoma Okla.
42 1263 David Villasuso C Miami Fla.
43 1293 Marcos Reyna RHP Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif.
44 1323 Josh Corrales RHP Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
45 1353 Charles Jimenez OF Milton (Fla.) HS Fla.
46 1383 Maxx Catapano RHP Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
47 1413 Brandon Plotz RHP Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
48 1443 Max Krakowiak RHP Fordham N.Y.
49 1473 Andrew Grifol 1B Santa Fe (Fla.) CC Fla.
50 1503 Esteban Tresgallo 1B Colegio Marista de Guaynabo (P.R.) P.R.