2011 Draft Report Card: Seattle Mariners
BEST PURE HITTER:
|Seattle spent big on Hultzen and Miller with their first two picks, and if Capps maintains his premium velocity he could move quickly as a reliever. This class should also bolster the system's catching depth.
Bonus spending: $11.3 million
The Atlantic Coast Conference batting champion and player of the year was Clemson's Brad Miller (2), whose stance has similarities to that of Craig Counsell. Miller has good hands and keeps the bat in the hitting zone a long time, and he hit .415 at low Class A Clinton. BEST POWER HITTER:
C Tyler Marlette (5) homered in the 2010 Aflac All-America game at Petco Park, then had a big spring by showing better power to all fields. He showed upper-deck power during a workout at Safeco Field shortly after signing. FASTEST RUNNER:
OF Jamal Austin (13) earned 80 grades on the 20-80 scale on his times to first base and used his speed to steal 20 bags in the Rookie-level Appalachian League. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
The Mariners drafted three catchers in the first 12 rounds and like John Hicks (4) for his intangibles as well as average catch-and-throw skills. Michael Dowd (12) has similar receiving ability and a stronger arm, and he led the Northwest League by throwing out 46 percent of basestealers.
RHP Carter Capps (3s) entered the spring as the nation's top Division II prospect. His velocity vacillated as a starter in the spring, but in the Cape Cod League he touched 99 mph in relief outings. His future is in the bullpen. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
LHP Danny Hultzen (1) has a premium changeup and a slider that he locates to both sides of the plate. RHP Carson Smith (8) has durability questions, but scouts don't question his two-plane slider with late tilt.
ODDS AND ENDSBEST PRO DEBUT:
Hultzen's college teammate at Virginia, 3B Steven Proscia (7) took advantage of high Class A High Desert and batted .303/.319/568 with 12 home runs (11 at home), though he had 10 errors in 28 games at third. LHP Cameron Hobson (11) went 4-2, 2.89 with 51 strikeouts in 44 innings at short-season Everett. BEST ATHLETE:
Hultzen hit .314 with 18 stolen bases in three seasons as Virginia's ace and DH. SS Cavan Cohoes (9) has all-around athleticism that stood out even in Germany. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
Cohoes attended Patch High, the school for children of American military personnel in Germany. His father is a pilot in the Army, while his mother is a former ballet dancer. Unsigned 1B Andrew Grifol (49) is the younger brother of farm director Pedro. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Hultzen debuted in the Arizona Fall League and should move fast. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
C Jack Marder (16), a converted infielder, looked good enough in his first full-time duty at catcher in 2011 to earn a $200,000 bonus. If Austin hits, he'll have a shot. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
1B Kevin Cron (3) could develop into a clone of his older brother C.J., the Angels' 2011 first-rounder out of Utah. Kevin is headed to Texas Christian.