Power at the top
The Mariners wasted no time in getting some power in this years draft, taking the super slugger D.J. Peterson, a 3b/1b from the University of New Mexico.
Now this doesn’t mean there will be a battle for Kyle Seager‘s spot on this roster anytime soon, but if D.J. skyrockets through the system like Mike Zunino did, Justin Smoak may be in some serious danger.
So let’s take a look at the first 10 players selected by the Mariners in this years draft.
Oh yeah, this years special selection belonged to the 12th rounder, none other than Kyle Seager‘s own little brother, 1b Justin Seager.
1st rd. 12th overall. D.J. Peterson 3b/1b University of New Mexico
This seems like a nice steal at the 12 spot for the Mariners, especially when the talent on the farm seems to fade once it grazes on the grass at Safeco Field.
Nonetheless, Peterson has spent his entire baseball career in the higher elevations. Though they are no Denver, both Phoenix and Albuquerque are considered thin air in the baseball world.
Peterson hit a staggering .408 with 18 homeruns and 72 RBI’s this past season for the Lobos.
With last seasons draft pick 1b Taylor Ard playing with the Lumber Kings in Clinton this year, it will be interesting where Peterson will be sent to first.
My guess is Everett, whose season opens up this weekend.
2nd rd. 49th overall. Austin Wilson RF Stanford
Wilson’s best season average wise was his Freshman year at Stanford where he hit an nice .311 in 55 games for the Cardinal.
But, his best power numbers were during his Sophomore season where he played in, and started, 59 games. He ended with a .285 average, 10 homers and hit 54 RBI’s with a slugging percentage of .493.
Not quite D.J. Peterson numbers, but a nice platform to work with for his minor league coaches, if he signs, that is.
3rd rd. 85th overall. Tyler O’Neill RF Garibaldi High School, Maple Ridge B.C.
Another RF to add to the mix, would complete the trio of BC Boys in the M’s outfield if there were any way he made it up this year, which there isn’t.
He had signed a letter of intent to play for Oregon State next season, but he must’ve had a change of heart as he signed with the M’s and has been assigned to the rookie league in Arizona.
O’Neill is naturally a catcher, but the M’s don’t seem to care about that, as they have him slated at right.
This past year in the BC Premier League, he hit .576 with 6 homers and 47 RBI’s in 18 games. Yes, 18 games. That is crazy talent for this big Canuck.
4th rd. 117th overall. Ryan Horstman LHP St. Johns University
Finally the first pitcher taken by the M’s comes in the form of lefty Ryan Horstman out of St. Johns.
Power is everything right now in the eyes of us Mariners fans, but seriously, unless we can count on the Big 3, plus Brandon Maurer, making the team next season, pitching needs to be a higher priority on draft day.
Horstman was a red-shirt Freshman for the Red Storm, but had a pretty good year for a team with such a lousy record (he already sounds like he fits in with the Mariners). Throwing 65 and 2/3 innings this year he had a 2.33 ERA with 56 strikeouts.
Rumor has it the Red Storm basketball team was expecting him to walk on next year, and he is still currently unsigned with the M’s, so that future may come back to him sooner than later.
5th rd. 147th overall. Jack Reinheimer SS East Carolina University
This pick is intriguing, especially with the news this week about Dustin Ackley getting time in the outfield in Tacoma.
We have seen that Carlos Triunfel and Alex Liddi probably aren’t parts of this teams long term future, and Brendan Ryan has shown that defense isn’t everything in this game, so now we have the likes of Reinheimer to add to the watch list of when this infield will finally be finished evolving.
Reinheimer looks like a typical Mariners short stop sans the Alex Rodriguez years. He hit .271 with 2 homers and 21 RBI’s. Not really tearing it up but double his 56 game total for a season and we might see some better numbers.
His speed looks like it might be the most attractive attribute that he has to offer out of the college game, he had 10 stolen bases this past year.
That will most likely double in a full season. I think his talent for stolen bases might actually be more in the lines of what Michael Saunders is capable of.
6th rd. 177th overall. Corey Simpson RF Sweeny High School (Texas)
Another catcher that the M’s plan on converting to the outfield position.
Simpson had committed to signing on with the University of Houston, but in turn signed with the M’s instead.
It has been said that he is too big (6-2, 210), and really not that good, to make it as a catcher at the next level. We all know how much of a headache that can be (Jesus Montero).
I couldn’t find any numbers from this guy from his high school career, but I found a lot of praise for his bat. Power numbers seemed to be the key for the Mariners in this years draft so far.
7th rd. 207th overall. Tyler Olson LHP Gonzaga
Another lefty taken by the M’s in this years draft, and the second player taken with Northwest ties as well.
Tyler Olson actually spent 5 years with the Zags after being drafted once already by the Oakland A’s last year.
This past year he was named West Coast Conference pitcher of the year boasting a 9-4 record with a 2.48 ERA in 101 and 2/3 innings.
Big time numbers for Olson this past year. He also led the team with 5 complete games. Better get a pitch count going on him as soon as he gets assigned.
8th rd. 237th overall. Tyler Smith SS Oregon State
Unsigned as of yet (but his team is still playing), Tyler Smith is the third Northwest player taken and the second SS.
On the season Tyler is hitting .301 for the Beavers with two homeruns and 24 RBI’s. He also has stolen 9 bases out of 11 chances while playing in 49 games.
Another typical Mariners SS it seems.
9th rd. 267th overall. Jacob Zokan LHP College of Charleston
The third lefty taken by the M’s in the first 10 rounds, Zokan (not to be confused with the Adam Sandler movie) was 4-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 17 appearances (14 starts).
Coming off an injury that caused him to miss most of the 2012 season, Zokan bounced back and had a pretty decent season.
The record can use a little work, but you can’t argue with a sub 3.00 ERA no matter what level you are coming from.
10th rd. 297th overall. Emilio Pagan RHP Belmont Abbey
Pagan played both 3b and pitcher at Belmont Abbey, and excelled at both positions, but the M’s see him as a pitcher and drafted him to be one.
This guy has the potential to be a lights out closer in the future. Throwing mid 90’s stuff, he went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 13 saves Crusaders.
Look out Tommy, we may have a new guy serving up K’s in the 9th inning soon enough.
So there is the top 10 of the 2013 MLB Draft.
Will we see any of these guys up with the big boys next year? Only time will tell, though I don’t see the lightning speed of Zunino to be repeated.
But depending on Peterson’s development with the wooden bats in the dense air of Everett, we could see him moved up through the ranks at a break neck speed.