Seattle Mariners

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1s 43 Taijuan Walker RHP Yucaipa (Calif.) HS Calif. $800,000
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Walker doubles as an elite basketball player, averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds per game as a forward last season. He has great leaping ability, and his dunks on the court have made him into a local folk hero. As a junior, Walker pitched little but did play shortstop next to Diamondbacks supplemental first-rounder Matt Davidson, a third baseman. Obviously uncomfortable and ill-suited for the infield, Walker has since concentrated on pitching. Walker was terrific in a stint for the Angels Elite scout team in the fall of 2009, but since then he has been more erratic. His outings in the early part of this season were rocky, probably due to the transition from basketball to baseball. In later starts, Walker would start strongly and then struggle as a game went on. When right, Walker fires a 91-93 mph fastball that can touch 95, and adds a slider and curve. His whippy three-quarters arm action can be free and easy on some occasions, restricted and stiff on others. Scouts agree that Walker, who hasn't committed to a college yet, is a long-range project as a pitcher, but his combination of sparkling athletic ability, raw stuff and imposing build may make Walker a gamble worth taking.
2 67 Marcus Littlewood SS Pine View HS, St. George, Utah Utah $900,000
Littlewood was on the 2008 Team USA 16U squad, and his bases-clearing double brought home a gold medal in the Pan Am Youth Games against Mexico. Last year, he was named Utah's high school player of the year. While he's been on the prospect map for awhile, however, Littlewood draws mixed opinions on his ultimate value. Skeptics say he has no standout tools: He's not rangy enough to stay at shortstop and won't hit enough to play third. Those that like him see him as a player whose sum is greater than his parts. Littlewood is a slow-twitch athlete, which shows up in his swing and his speed. He is currently a below-average runner. He lacks the range to stay at shortstop, though his hands are soft and his arm is at least average. He is a natural righthanded hitter and took up switch-hitting as a freshman in high school. He profiles as a .270 hitter and, even after outslugging Kris Bryant at a spring workout for the Blue Jays by hitting 15 home runs in a row, he'll likely hit no more than 12-15 homers a season as a pro. Littlewood's father Mike was drafted as a third baseman out of Brigham Young by the Brewers in 1988 and is now the head coach for Dixie State in Utah. Having grown up around the game, he has great baseball instincts, works hard and plays the game the right way. He's probably a third-round talent, but a team that likes him may have to take him as high as the supplemental first round to buy him out of his commitment to San Diego.
3 99 Ryne Stanek RHP Blue Valley HS, Stilwell, Kan. Kan.
When scouts saw Stanek's 6-foot-4, 180 pound build and his ability to maintain a 90-92 mph fastball on the showcase circuit last summer, it was easy for them to project that he might throw in the mid-90s one day. That day came sooner than expected, as Stanek worked at 91-96 mph in his first game this spring. He has kept that velocity all spring, doing so with little effort. His delivery is fairly sound, though he does throw slightly across his body. His curveball is crisp and has two-plane break, giving him a second future plus pitch. He also throws a slider and changeup. Stanek is one of the cornerstones of a deep Arkansas recruiting class, but his step forward this spring means he'll likely bypass college.
4 132 James Paxton LHP Grand Prairie (American Association) Texas $942,500
The Blue Jays drafted Paxton 37th overall out of the University of Kentucky a year ago, but they couldn't sign the native Canadian. Team president Paul Beeston told a Toronto newspaper that he had negotiated directly with Paxton's adviser, Scott Boras, which would be a violation of NCAA rules. The Wildcats wouldn't allow Paxton to play until he submitted to an interview with the NCAA, and when he couldn't secure a temporary injunction in the Kentucky courts, he left the team and signed with the independent Grand Prairie AirHogs of the American Association, following the paths of several prominent pitchers in recent years, including Tanner Scheppers. Last spring, he worked at 93-94 mph and touched 97 with his fastball, which features good run and sink. His curveball grades as a true plus pitch at times, and he'll also show solid command and some feel for a changeup, though he doesn't use it often. Despite his stuff and a gaudy 115-20 K-BB ratio as a junior, Paxton got hit hard to the tune of a 5.86 ERA last season. While his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame should lend itself to durability, he has a history of nagging injuries (sore elbow in high school, back issues in 2008, tendinitis in his left knee last spring) that worries some clubs. In his first three starts for Grand Prairie, he showed an 88-93 mph fastball and a decent curve without much command, so he might be hard pressed to match his draft status from a year ago. But when Paxton is at his best, only Drew Pomeranz offers a better fastball/curve combo among this draft's lefthanders.
5 162 Stephen Pryor RHP Tennessee Tech Tenn. $153,000
Tennessee Tech reliever Pryor headed in the other direction this season. A junior-college transfer from Cleveland State, Pryor had a reputation with scouts for having size and velocity but little command and poor mechanics. He made significant progress this season in taming his delivery, controling his body and improving his velocity. He has tremendous arm strength and uses his tree-trunk legs well, leveraging his 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame, and he had his fastball sitting 94-97 mph all spring. In a May midweek matchup against Bryce Brentz and Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech coach Matt Bragga brought Pryor in even though the team was losing, showcasing him in front of several top evaluators on hand to see Brentz. Pryor gave up a solo home run but also pumped his fastball up to 98 mph and repeated his delivery. Pryor's slider has its moments in the mid-80s, but he's fairly new to the pitch after ditching his curve. It has decent shape and projects to be an average pitch if he can command it. He dominated at times, with 75 strikeouts in just 41 innings, an amazing 16.5 strikeouts per nine innings. That's just short of the NCAA Division I record set by Ryan Wagner in 2003 (16.8), and Pryor should go high despite his 4-4, 5.71 overall mark at Tennessee Tech and despite getting hit around in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.
6 192 Christian Carmichael C Mililani (Hawaii) HS Hawaii $150,000
Christian Carmichael is the top high school prospect in the state. An athletic catcher, Carmichael is a agile defender with quick feet and a strong, accurate arm. He has a line drive stroke, but defense is his calling card. He did not play this spring after switching from Kamehameha High to Mililani High in February because of transfer rules. Carmichael is committed to Hawaii, but a team that likes his defensive ability and has done its homework could draft him high enough to sign him away from that commitment.
7 222 Mickey Wiswall 1B Boston College Mass. $150,000
Wiswall's stock soared after his strong 2009 summer in the Cape Cod League, where he ranked as the No. 21 prospect. Major league scouting directors voted him onto Baseball America's Preseason All-America second team, but he struggled out of the gate and scouts began to sour on him. The lefthanded-hitting Wiswall is at his best when he's using the left-center-field gap as well as pulling the ball, but in the first half of the season he became too pull-happy, and he struggled to find his timing and rhythm. He made some adjustments midway through the season and was hitting .306/.394/.630 with 17 homers and 57 RBIs through 219 at-bats. The 6-foot, 212-pound Wiswall has a strong upper body that allows him to generate excellent bat speed, but he needs to incorporate his lower half into his swing more effectively. Some scouts say he flashes above-average raw power, but others believe he will hit for fringe-average power in pro ball, which calls his profile into question. Wiswall lacks first-step quickness and is a below-average defender at third base, where he played as a sophomore, but he's an adequate defender at first. If Wiswall's bat continues to develop, he can fill in at both corner infield spots and carve out an Eric Hinske kind of career in the big leagues. He projects as a seventh- to 10th-round pick.
8 252 Jabari Blash OF Miami Dade JC Fla. $140,000
Blash, the Rangers' unsigned ninth-rounder a year ago, turned down $250,000 to come back to Miami-Dade and was having a solid season, hitting .341. Despite his raw power, though, he had only one home run. Blash has a premium arm and runs well for his size. However, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Blash was kicked off the Miami-Dade team in April, and as a fourth-year sophomore with big but raw tools and little chance of continuing his college career, he won't approach the money he turned down last year.
9 282 Luke Taylor RHP Woodinville (Wash.) HS Wash. $125,000
Righthander Luke Taylor is interesting to scouts because he has such a fresh arm. A converted shortstop, he has been clocked mostly at 86-88 mph and has scraped 90. He has a 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame and the cleanest arm action in the Northwest. His curveball is soft and he's still building arm strength, but he has a lot of projection because of his size, athleticism and arm action. A team could jump up to take him in the fifth-eighth round, but it's more likely that he ends up at Hawaii.
10 312 Tyler Burgoon RHP Michigan Mich. $125,000
Five-foot-10, 160-pound righthanders aren't usually prospects, but Burgoon isn't the usual 5-foot-10, 160-pound righty. He has an exceedingly quick arm and a clean delivery, allowing him to maintain a 92-93 mph fastball with sink and armside run. He also has a wipeout slider that tops out at 85, and he throws both pitches for strikes. The 2009 Cape Cod League reliever of the year, he put on a show for scouts who came to watch Wolverines outfielder Ryan LaMarre in a series against Ohio State. Burgoon worked in all three games, sitting at 93 mph and touching 95 during a 3 2/3-inning stint in the middle contest and coming back with a 91 mph fastball and 80 mph slider on day three. Michigan tried Burgoon in its rotation earlier in the season before deciding he was more valuable in relief, and that will be his role in pro ball. He could go in the first five rounds to a team looking for a reliever who can advance quickly to the majors.
11 342 Jon Keller RHP Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iowa
Keller is more physically developed, carrying 225 pounds and dialing his low-90s fastball up to 93 mph. He has a quick arm that also generates a hard curveball, but his secondary pitches and command aren't consistent because he has trouble repeating his delivery at times.
12 372 Stefen Romero 3B Oregon State Ore. $100,000
Oregon State's best position player is third baseman Stephen Romero, and he could be the first Northwest college position player off the board. Romero doesn't have the athleticism to stay at third base, but he does have power and a good eye at the plate and was batting .326/.427/.603 this year with 13 home runs. Romero should be selected between the seventh and 10th round.
13 402 Jason Markovitz LHP Long Beach State Calif.
14 432 Tyler Linehan LHP Sheldon HS, Sacramento Calif.
Lefthander Linehan is yet another Fresno State signee who will get draft consideration. Scouts don't like his stocky build, but he is competitive and has good stuff. Linehan pitches with an overhand slot, has a fastball in the upper 80s and can really spin a big overhand curveball.
15 462 Charles Kaalekahi RHP Campbell HS, Ewa Beach, Hawaii Hawaii $125,000
16 492 Jordan Shipers LHP South Harrison HS, Bethany, Mo. Mo. $800,000
Likewise, the state's top high school pitcher is undersized yet delivers velocity. Shipers, who's 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, pairs an 89-90 mph fastball that reaches 92 with a slider that shows depth at times. He doesn't do it as easily as Stites, with more effort in a delivery that puts stress on his shoulder, and his slider isn't as consistent. He's lefthanded, however, and has the potential for three solid-average major league pitches in his fastball, slider and advanced changeup. South Harrison High doesn't have a team, so he had to showcase his stuff in a wood-bat league in Iowa on weekends. Scouts don't believe he's signable, and he'll be a draft-eligible sophomore at Missouri State in 2012 if he doesn't turn pro.
17 522 Danny Lopez SS Pittsburgh Pa.
Lopez, a four-year starter at shortstop for the Panthers, put together his best season as a senior this spring, hitting .349/.437/.488 with 24 stolen bases. Lopez is a spray hitter with some bat speed who draws his share of walks, but his 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame lacks strength. He's a flashy defender at short who sometimes boots routine grounders, and his fringy arm strength could make him a better fit as a second baseman or utilityman in pro ball.
18 552 Willy Kesler RHP New Mexico N.M.
New Mexico's best prospect on the mound is Willy Kesler. Some teams have written him off because he's a short, pudgy righthander who has already had Tommy John surgery. But others like him as a late-round pick because he can reach back for a 92 mph fastball and is a good competitor on the mound. His secondary stuff is fringy and he profiles as a middle reliever, but he'll get a shot.
19 582 Frankie Christian OF Upland (Calif.) HS Calif.
20 612 Matt Bischoff RHP Purdue Ind.
Righthander Bischoff went undrafted after a disappointing season in 2009, but he rebounded to become the best senior sign in the Big 10 Conference. The first player in Purdue history to earn all-conference honors in four different seasons, he does an excellent job of competing with average stuff. He can add and subtract from a lively fastball that parks at 88-90 mph and reaches 92, and he gets late action on an 83-85 mph slider/cutter. He also mixes in a changeup and curveball. His size (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) and age (23) work against him, but area scouts believe in him and he could sneak into the first 10 rounds.
21 642 Luke Guarnaccia C St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale Fla.
22 672 Steve Landazuri RHP Carter HS, Rialto, Calif. Calif.
23 702 Jandy Sena RHP Miami (no school) Fla.
24 732 Ben Whitmore LHP Concordia (Calif.) Calif.
25 762 Ernesto Zaragoza RHP Kaiser HS, Fontana, Calif. Calif.
26 792 Robbie Anston OF Boston College Mass.
Anston makes the most of his average speed on the basepaths and in center field, where he is a slightly above-average defender with a below-average arm. He has a blue-collar approach and is a tough out at the plate, though scouts don't care for his set-up, which involves the barrel of his bat pointing at the pitcher when he starts his swing. He lacks power and could be overmatched by better pitching, however.
27 822 Nick Fleece RHP Texas A&M Texas
28 852 Tim Griffin RHP Rollins (Fla.) Fla.
29 882 Jon McGibbon 1B Lindenhurst (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
30 912 Derek Poppert SS San Francisco Calif.
Senior Poppert, a shortstop, was a 28th-round pick by the Reds last year but came back to school to work on his defense and improve his draft stock. Poppert is a good athlete, with size, strength and ability. He has a chance to hit for average and has gap power. His defense has improved and he will have a chance to stay in the middle of the diamond.
31 942 Jake Schlander SS Stanford Calif.
32 972 Andrew Giobbi C Vanderbilt Tenn.
33 1002 D.J. Peterson 3B Gilbert (Ariz.) HS Ariz.
Third baseman Peterson has a similar profile, except that he bats righthanded, and he's probably destined for left field or first base. He does have a little pop from an uppercut swing. He is committed to Arizona.
34 1032 Tyler Whitney LHP Mississippi State Miss.
Whitney signed for a $1,000 bonus on June 11, but the Mariners later voided his contract.
35 1062 Ethan Paquette 1B Hofstra N.Y.
36 1092 Forrest Snow RHP Washington Wash.
37 1122 Ryan Kiel LHP Marshall W.Va.
38 1152 Ben Versnik RHP Wisconsin-Whitewater Wis.
Versnik is the hardest thrower in Wisconsin, capable of reaching 94 mph as a reliever. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound righthander also has heavy sink on his fastball, which usually sits at 88-92. His curveball has improved to the point that it's serviceable, and he has made a full recovery from labrum surgery in high school. He's a draft-eligible sophomore.
39 1182 Josh Krist RHP Cal Poly Pomona Calif.
40 1212 Nate Reed RHP Kutztown (Pa.) Pa.
Reed spent his first three seasons at Pittsburgh, where he showed flashes but was inconsistent. He transferred to Kutztown for his senior season and threw a no-hitter against Bloomsburg in April, but his fastball has not shown the velocity it had in the past, sitting in the mid- to high 80s and topping out at 90. He has a durable 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame and shows a good breaking ball at times in bullpens, but it doesn't play as well in games. He also has a history of battling command woes.
41 1242 Billy Marcoe C Cal State Fullerton Calif.
42 1272 Mike Aviles RHP St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) N.Y.
43 1302 Matt Browning 3B James Madison Va.
44 1332 Tim Boyce RHP Rhode Island R.I.
Boyce improved from his junior year to his senior year, going 5-3, 3.63 with 84 strikeouts and 21 walks in 94 innings this spring and carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his final regular-season start. Boyce's medical history and violent arm action give scouts pause, but his 87-91 mph fastball has life, and he competes with a four-pitch mix.
45 1362 Stephen Kohlscheen RHP Auburn Ala.
46 1392 David Rollins LHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
The state has several injured pitchers whom teams could gamble on this year. That group includes: Houston righthander Jared Ray (shoulder) and Texas Tech lefthander Robbie Kilcrease (Tommy John surgery) at the college level; Howard righty Damien Magnifico (elbow), San Jacinto righty Tommy Collier (elbow) and lefty David Rollins (non-throwing shoulder), who ranked as three of Texas' top five juco pitchers coming into the season; and Klein High (Spring) righty Clayton Crum (Tommy John surgery).
47 1422 James Wood OF Trinity (Conn.) Conn.
48 1452 Patrick Brady 2B Bellarmine (Ky.) Ky.
49 1482 Colton Keough OF Tesoro HS, Las Flores, Calif. Calif.
Son and grandson of former big leaguers, Colton Keough is an athletic outfielder with terrific speed. His family has been featured on the television show "The Real Housewives of Orange County." An intriguing talent, Keough has yet to hit on a consistent basis, reminiscent of his toolsy older brother Shane, who is in the Athletics organization.
50 1512 David Holman RHP Hutchinson (Kan.) JC Kan.