Seattle Mariners

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 3 Mike Zunino C Florida Fla. $4,000,000
The son of Reds scout Greg Zunino, Mike has been a three-year starter for the Gators and was the Southeastern Conference player of the year in 2011, when he ranked seventh in Division I with 19 home runs. Zunino doesn't wow scouts with tools but beats opponents steadily with his strength, solid catching ability and professional approach. Zunino's bat projects to be above-average for a major league catcher. He has excellent strength in his 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame and has a short swing when he's locked in. Scouts generally give him 50-55 grades for his bat and 55-60 grades for his power on the 20-80 scouting scale. He has had some issues with breaking balls down and away this season, fairly typical for righthanded sluggers. His catch-and-throw skills are solid-average, though he'll box some balls and tends to have tailing action on his throws. Zunino grew up around the game and has superior intangibles and leadership skills, and scouts don't shrink from Jason Varitek comparisons. They rave about his feel for the game and presence as attributes that show up when you see the Gators on a consistent basis. Zunino isn't as exciting as recent top college catchers such as Buster Posey and Matt Wieters but isn't too far behind them in terms of ceiling. He figures to come off the board in the first three picks and is a candidate to go No. 1 overall.
2 64 Joe DeCarlo 3B Garnet Valley HS, Glen Mills, Pa. Pa. $1,300,000
DeCarlo plays shortstop for his high school, but is a well-below-average runner and would need to move to third base at the next level to maximize his value. He would be a fine defender there as his hands work and he has a plus arm. A Top 200 candidate coming into the season, DeCarlo handles the bat well and has solid power, but he was a little inconsistent this spring and some scouts were left with more questions than answers. A Georgia signee, he is strong and put together at 6-feet, 205 pounds.
3 98 Edwin Diaz RHP Caguas (P.R.) Military Academy $300,000
Standing 6-foot-3 and 163 pounds, Diaz is the definition of skinny, and scouts aren't sure how much weight he'll add because of his narrow frame. Diaz's body has pros and cons. His long arms allow him to whip the ball with surprising velocity. He sits in the 92-95 mph range and touched 97 twice in his first outing at Puerto Rico's annual Excellence Tournament in early May. But, like many tall, gangly pitchers, he has trouble coordinating his limbs, which leads to spotty control and an inconsistent curveball. He also hasn't used a changeup much. Taken together, those factors lead many scouts to believe he fits best as a power reliever in pro ball. Diaz is relatively new to pitching, having just started when he was 15 years old. His cousin, Jose Melendez, pitched in the big leagues for parts of five seasons in the 1990s for Seattle, San Diego and Boston.
3s 126 Tyler Pike LHP Winter Haven (Fla.) HS Fla. $850,000
A Florida State recruit, Pike doesn't have a present pitch that wows scouts, but he grows on them with his athleticism, natural deception, three-pitch mix and ability to make hitters swing and miss. He sits around 88-89 mph with his fastball, but touches 92 and 93 both early and late in games. He raised his profile early in the season when he matched up with Tampa Jesuit's Lance McCullers Jr. and threw hard and well. He has natural deception in his easy delivery, and his ability to repeat helps him control the strike zone well. Pike projects to have average or better command of his fastball as well as his curve and changeup. He's added a bit of velocity to his curveball but could use more, and he has shown a solid feel for his changeup. Pike would be an asset as a two-way player for the Seminoles; he has a solid swing and is a 6.8-second runner in the 60, though he lacks power at the plate. He's considered a tough sign, but he could go in the first three rounds if teams think he'll pass up school.
4 131 Patrick Kivlehan 3B Rutgers N.J. $300,000
Kivlehan may be one of the better stories in the draft this year, as he hasn't played baseball since high school and came to the diamond this season after spending four years playing football for Rutgers. All he did in his first--and maybe only--college season was win the triple crown in the Big East's regular season by hitting .399/.484/.710 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs. He's a good athlete and runs well. He has average to above-average power to the pull side, but did make adjustments to offspeed pitches late in the season and went the other way. He plays third base for the Scarlet Knights, but will likely move to the outfield as a pro.
5 161 Chris Taylor SS Virginia Va. $500,000
Despite being the 3-A high school player of the year in Virginia in 2009, Taylor went undrafted and saw limited action as a freshman for the Cavaliers. He started all 68 games for Virginia as a sophomore, however, solidifying himself at shortstop after spending the first four games in the outfield. He had been up and down this spring and was hitting .279/.374/.448 in 201 at-bats. Taylor doesn't have one standout tool, but he gets attention with his defense and speed. He has a chance to stay at shortstop with good hands, a strong arm and good range, as he is a plus runner. The question is how much he will hit. He tends to stick with an inside-out approach and doesn't let loose as much as scouts would like. He has 21 extra-base hits, but he's a gap hitter as his home run power is below-average. He would be a useful utility player, but a team that thinks he can provide solid offense at shortstop could take him in the first four rounds.
6 191 Timmy Lopes 2B Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. Calif. $550,000
For years, Lopes was overshadowed by his high-profile older brother Christian, who wound up signing for an $800,000 bonus as the Blue Jays' seventh-round pick last year. The younger Lopes had a breakout performance at the Southern California Invitational in Compton in February, and scouts now think he is a better player than his brother. Lopes has some thickness in his lower half that worries some scouts, but he showed solid-average speed this spring that plays up because of his advanced baseball instincts. He has solid range and good actions at shortstop, though his average arm fits better at second base, where he has a chance to be a solid-average defender. His best asset is his natural feel for the barrel. He makes consistent, hard contact and has a mature, all-fields approach. Lopes projects as an average or slightly better hitter with fringe-average power at best. The UC Irvine recruit could be drafted between the second and fourth round.
7 221 Taylor Ard 1B Washington State Wash. $149,700
The third time's a charm. Ard has been drafted twice before--in 2010 out of Mt. Hood (Ore.) CC in the 35th round by the Marlins and last year out of Washington State in the 25th round by the Red Sox. A redshirt junior, Ard is old for the college class, but scouts feel that he is ready to sign this time around. Ard has a thick, muscular build at 6-foot-1 and 229 pounds and he's limited to first base. His calling card is his power. Ard is a solid hitter with above-average power to all fields. He was the only player in the Pacific 10 conference to hit double-digit home runs last year and was battling Oregon State freshman Michael Conforto for the conference lead this year. Ard also has a good track record of hitting with wood--he raked at Mt. Hood, destroyed the West Coast League and had the fourth-most doubles in the Cape Cod League in 2010 (nine) and the fourth-most home runs there last summer (four), though his batting average was just .247 over those two summers.
8 251 Nick Halamandaris 1B Stevenson HS, Carmel, Calif. Calif.
Halamandaris is a big, physical first baseman with a pretty lefthanded swing. He is a good athlete who runs well for his size. He has a feel to hit with some power potential, but scouts feel his swing is a little bit grooved and he's a medium-twitch athlete. As the game speeds up, he'll have to prove he can keep up. He needs more work against breaking balls and was believed to be a tough sign away from his commitment to California.
9 281 Jamodrick McGruder 2B Texas Tech Texas $130,500
McGruder is a 5-foot-7, 170-pound catalyst with plus-plus speed and the knowledge of how to use it. Though his lefthanded stroke can get long at times and leads to swings and misses, he understands that his job is to get on base. He ranked among the top 20 in NCAA Division I in triples (eight), walks (45), on-base percentage (.500) and steals (39 in 44 tries) during the regular season. He doesn't have much power, but the bigger concern is whether his hands are good enough to keep him at second base. He has plenty of range and enough arm strength for the infield.
10 311 Grady Wood RHP Western Oregon Ore. $40,000
Wood has a solid build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and posted excellent numbers for the Wolves as a senior, going 12-0, 1.69 with 89 strikeouts and 12 walks over 96 innings to be named Great Northwest Athletic Conference pitcher of the year for the second straight year. Wood pitches with a fastball in the 90-91 mph range and he gets a lot of sink and late life on the pitch. He throws from a low three-quarters arm slot and mixes in a good slider and a changeup he added to his arsenal this year. Wood is an intense competitor and figures to be a groundball-producing back-end starter or a middle reliever at the next level.
11 341 Kristian Brito 1B Quinones Medina HS, Yabucoa, P.R. P.R. $100,000
One of the youngest players in the draft, Brito doesn't turn 18 until December but already is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. He's limited to first base, so scouts are only worried about one tool: his bat. A righthanded hitter, Brito shows 70 raw power on the 20-80 scale, but getting that power to translate into games is his biggest challenge. He's likely going to be a below-average hitter. His swing can get long and he has a tendency to collapse his backside, which alters his eye level. He's a slow-twitch athlete, but scouts are intrigued because they believe he'll be able to make adjustments in pro ball and because that kind of power is hard to find.
12 371 Mike Faulkner OF Arkansas State Ark. $100,000
Faulkner ranked second in Division I with 41 stolen bases and had been caught stealing only once. He's a 70 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale and turns in some 80 times on bunts and jailbreak swings, and his overall game resembles that of Juan Pierre. Faulkner lacks even Pierre's strength and hitting ability, however, as a weak-bodied 5-foot-11, 155-pounder with a well below-average arm. He'll have to get stronger to be a factor at the plate, but his speed will earn him plenty of chances.
13 401 Blake Hauser RHP Virginia Commonwealth Va. $100,000
Coming out of high school in 2009, Hauser was the top prospect in Virginia because of his arm speed and low-90s fastball. He didn't sign as a 25th-round pick on the Indians and headed to Virginia Commonwealth. He has worked almost exclusively in relief and hasn't taken a big step forward, but scouts still like his fastball. He was 5-2, 3.48 this spring, with 60 strikeouts and 25 walks in 31 innings, and opponents were batting .130 with just five extra-base hits. Hauser was sitting around 93-95 mph early this spring, though he lost some velocity as the season went on. Scouts attribute that to how much he throws his slider, saying it's not uncommon to see 80 percent sliders in some outings. The slider is a potential plus pitch, but it can detract from his ability to snap off his fastball consistently. He's not very physical at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds and figures to stay in the bullpen, where he could have two plus pitches and move quickly if he shows better fastball command.
14 431 Brock Hebert SS Southeastern Louisiana La.
Hebert was the Southland Conference's best infielder as a spry second baseman who might have enough arm strength for shortstop. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder has fine athletic ability and above-average speed to go with plate discipline and excellent instincts. He's a premium, aggressive baserunner who ranked fifth in Division I in steals. Hebert has played second base for three seasons, but scouts want to see if he can handle shortstop. He'll never hit too many home runs with his short, level swing, but he's a line-drive machine with 21 doubles, peppering the gaps.
15 461 Dario Pizzano OF Columbia N.Y.
16 491 Dominic Leone RHP Clemson S.C.
17 521 Isaiah Yates OF Clovis (Calif.) East HS Calif. $100,000
Yates didn't make the Northern California team for the Area Code Games, but had some helium this spring after putting together another solid season. There's a split camp on Yates. Scouts who like him really believe he has a feel to hit and believe he'll grow into some power. But it's easy for others to write him off because of what he doesn't do. He's a little undersized at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, but scouts notice that Yates' father is a lot bigger and think he may continue to grow and fill out. Yates bats righthanded and throws lefthanded, so he's limited to the outfield. He's an average runner with an above-average arm. Yates is not committed to a college and is considered signable.
18 551 Jabari Henry OF Florida International Fla.
Teams looking for toolsy college bats could do worse than Henry, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound right fielder who hit 22 home runs the last two seasons for Florida International. He has length in his swing and some holes that he just hasn't closed, so he also has 110 strikeouts in 369 at-bats in that span. He's a solid athlete with average speed and an above-average arm.
19 581 Nate Koneski LHP Holy Cross Mass.
20 611 Steve Ewing LHP Miami Fla. $100,000
21 641 Scott DeCecco LHP South Carolina-Upstate S.C.
22 671 Gabrial Franca SS North HS, Riverside, Calif. Calif.
23 701 Levi Dean RHP Tennessee Wesleyan Tenn.
24 731 Matt Vedo RHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
25 761 Mark Bordonaro RHP Fairfield Conn.
A 6-foot, 165-pound right-hander, Bordonaro profiles as a reliever and can get his fastball up to the mid-90s. He has effort to his delivery and his secondary stuff is inconsistent, but it's average at times.
26 791 Aaron Brooks RHP Edmonds (Wash.) CC Wash.
27 821 Blake Holovach LHP Missouri Mo.
28 851 Matt Brazis RHP Boston College Mass.
Brazis hasn't pitched much the last couple of years, but his raw stuff will get him drafted. He pitches with a plus fastball and average slider, but the results haven't matched up in the past. In 17 innings this year he had a 3.18 ERA to go with 25 strikeouts and eight walks.
29 881 Toby DeMello C St. Mary's Calif.
30 911 Mike Yastrzemski OF Vanderbilt Tenn.
Yastrzemski is the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl and son of Mike. He had a solid junior season as a grinder with good bat-to-ball skills. He is at least an average runner and has instincts for the game, owing to his bloodlines. He has no carrying tool and might be a better fit as a senior sign.
31 941 Rusty Shellhorn LHP Texas Tech Texas
32 971 Richard Palase 2B Lynchburg (Va.) Va.
33 1001 Logan Seifrit RHP Vauxhall (Alb.) HS Alberta
Seifrit is undersized at 6 feet, 190 pounds, and he's also a diabetic, but he has the quickest arm in the country. He can run his lively fastball up to 93 mph and shows an above-average changeup. Scouts can project on his velocity because of his arm speed. His slider is below-average right now.
34 1031 Alex Ross C Bellevue (Wash.) CC Wash.
35 1061 Tyler Krieger SS Northview HS, Johns Creek, Ga. Ga.
36 1091 Trey Wingenter RHP Jones HS, Madison, Ala. Ala.
Auburn has a loaded recruiting class and could lose several top-tier signees such as David Dahl, Addison Russell and Colin Rodgers. They hope to hold on to the projectable, 6-foot-7, 190-pound Wingenter. Scouts can dream on him, and they've seen 92 mph radar-gun readings. More commonly he reaches 88-89, and his curveball flashes good shape and some power in the mid-70s. His arm works well, and he should add power to his stuff as his thin body fills out.
37 1121 Brett Lilek LHP Marion Catholic HS, Chicago Heights, Ill. Ill.
As a lefthander who could throw 90-92 mph, Lilek had achance to go in the early rounds of the 2012 draft. But he tweaked his biceps early on and spent most of the spring pitching at 86-89 mph. Scouts already worried about his health because they didn't like his arm action. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder has an interesting breaking ball that varies from a curveball to a slider but lacks consistency, and he also has some deception to his changeup. He's ticketed for Arizona State.
38 1151 Richie Martin SS Bloomingdale (Fla.) HS Fla.
39 1181 Grayson Long RHP Barbers Hill HS, Mont Belvieu, Texas Texas
40 1211 James Kaprielian RHP Beckman HS, Irvine, Calif. Calif.
Kaprielian's feel for pitching and projection made him an intriguing sleeper coming into the spring, but no one's sleeping on him after a stellar spring, which has included two no-hitters. Kaprielian is a standout athlete who was an aggressive linebacker for the Beckman football team, and his mean streak translates well to the mound. He attacks hitters with an 88-91 mph fastball that bumps 92 and has some sink. He has good fastball command for a high school pitcher, in spite of a herky-jerky delivery that can throw off his timing occasionally. He commands his 12-to-6 curveball even better than his fastball, and it projects as a plus pitch. He also shows feel for a sinking, fading changeup, and it could be an average to plus offering. If Kaprielian showed a bit more velocity he would be a first-round pick, but that may come in three years. He's committed to UCLA and his signability may cause him to drop in the draft.