5 who couldn’t hack it for the Mariners
There are bright spots and there are not so bright spots. Then there are the guys in today’s category.
For one reason or another, many Mariners players fail to overcome their hype, their problems or were just flat out bad decisions to begin with. Let’s shake out fists together as we sort out the worst of the worst.
Here is my list of the 5 worst Mariners draft picks in history. Be ready to cringe.
Although Brandon Morrow hasn’t had a bad career and will most likely go on to put up good numbers, he is on the list for one reason and one reason only. The Mariners selected him 5th overall in the 2006 MLB draft out of Cal. Where they messed up, though, was letting a guy slip to #10 in the draft to the Giants.
He was a hometown kid and even pitched for the Huskies. His name? Tim Lincecum.
5. Jeff Clement
The Mariners selected Clement 3rd overall in the 2005 MLB draft out of USC.
He was a top ranked catcher who was going to bolster the position for the Mariners as they were still trying to find a permanent replacement for Dan Wilson. He made 2 trips to the Mariners and spent the rest of his time bouncing between AA and AAA teams and went on to do the same for Pittsburgh.
Others the Mariners could have had instead? Third basemen Ryan Zimmerman or Ryan Braun, center fielders Andrew McCutcheon, Jay Bruce and Jacoby Ellsbury, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki or pitcher Ricky Romero.
4. Roger Salkeld
Salkeld was chosen 3rd overall in the 1989 MLB draft out of Saugus High School is Saugus, California. He was a highly touted righty who was expected to do big things for the Mariners. He spent more time in AAA than in the major leagues and went on to stink it up in Cincinnati before bouncing between 3 other clubs’ minor league systems.
Other notable players taken after Salkeld in the 89 draft? A pair of first basemen named Frank Thomas and Mo Vaughn.
3. Mark Newfield
The Mariners selected Newfield 6th overall in the 1990 MLB draft out of Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. During his time with the Mariners, he spent more time in their farm system than in a Mariners uniform. He went onto “play” for San Diego and Milwaukee and spent more time in their farm systems than on their big league teams as well? The man drafted after Newfield in the 90 draft? Dan Wilson.
2. Jose Cruz Jr.
The Mariners selected Cruz 3rd overall in the 1995 MLB draft out of Rice University. He was hyped from the start as his dad, Jose Cruz (Sr.) was a popular player in the league. He had several stints for the Rainiers and Mariners and showed slight flashes of brilliance, but amounted to nothing in the Mariners organization.
He went on to Toronto, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego and Houston by the end of his underachieving career. Other options for the Mariners in the 95 draft who went after Cruz? How about 2 elite pitchers in Kerry Wood and Roy Halladay?
1. Ryan Anderson
The Mariners selected Anderson 19th overall in the 1997 MLB draft out of Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Michigan. He was the heir apparent to Randy Johnson and even dubbed ‘The Little Unit.’ After 2 Tommy John surgeries and lackluster performances in Tacoma, the Mariners parted ways with their biggest bust in draft history. 1997 turned out to be one of the worst draft classes ever for the Mariners.
There were definitely more than these guys that could have made the list, but these were my worst of the worst being a Mariners fan all my life?
Agree with my list? Disagree with it?
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You can also read my Cream of the Crop – 5 Best Seattle Mariners Draftees Article