Mariners Draft Report Card
Best Pro Debut: LHP Troy Cate (6) lacks an outstanding pitch but was able to keep short-season Northwest League hitters off balance, going 6-1, 2.00 with a 95-11 strikeout-walk ratio in 85 innings. OF Gary Harris (18) batted .287-6-43 with a league-high eight triples to gain NWL all-star recognition.
Best Athlete: OF Josh Womack (2) was more of a football player in high school. Hes not polished, but he projects to have four solid tools, with his power the only question. OFs Corey Harrington (17) and T.J. Bohn (30) are two more promising athletes.
Best Pure Hitter: 3B Hunter Brown (22) has the best mechanics and approach of any hitter signed by the Mariners this year. While he hit .224 in his first pro summer, he showed more power than he had in the past and drew a healthy amount of walks. He has succeeded with wood in the past, batting .295 in the Cape Cod League in 2001.
Best Raw Power: 3B Matt Hagen (12), who hit .289-7-30 in the NWL.
Fastest Runner: Womack, Harrington and Harris are 6.6-6.7 runners in the 60.
Best Defensive Player: Harris can play all three outfield positions and shows an above-average arm at times.
Best Fastball: LHP Kendall Bergdall (5) touched 94 mph in 2001 but hasnt shown the same velocity this year. He had a rough spring and was worn out when he got to instructional league. RHP Randy Fryes (4) sinker jumped to 89-93 mph last spring.
Best Breaking Ball: Fryes slider.
Most Intriguing Background: Unsigned OF John Mayberry Jr.s (1) father John was a 1967 Astros first-roundercurrent Mariners general manager Pat Gillick signed him for Houstonand a two-time all-star. 2B Evel Bastida-Martinez (7) survived a 31Ž2-day trip across the Gulf of Mexico on a small boat crammed with more than two dozen people to defect from Cuba in December 2000. The Mariners pursued him as a free agent before Major League Baseball ruled he was subject to the draft.
Closest To The Majors: Seattle believes Bastida-Martinez is an advanced player, even for a 23-year-old. He hit .350 in 11 low Class A games.
Best Late-Round Pick: Harris or Bohn.
The One Who Got Away: Mayberry, who reminds scouts of Jermaine Dye, told clubs he wanted $3 million to pass up going to Stanford, and the Mariners couldnt move him off that figure. Seattle also lost out on several other talented players who could be prominent picks in three years: OF Eddy Martinez-Esteve (3, now at Florida State), 3B Gaby Sanchez (15, Miami), SS Travis Buck (22, Arizona State) and RHP Kyle Patrick (33, Florida State).
Assessment: The Mariners missed their chance to land two high-ceiling bats in Mayberry and Martinez-Esteve, failing to sign a first-round pick for the first time since 1989. The players they did sign are going to need significant time to develop.
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