The Mariners spent the 67th overall pick on Marcus Littlewood.
Follow the jump for his pre-draft report.
Marcus Littlewood Position: SS School: Pineview HS State: UT Height: 6’3’’ Weight: 200
Bats: B Throws: R Birth Date: 3/18/92 Seiler Rating: 1C1 Commitment: San Diego
Marcus Littlewood is an intelligent shortstop from Pineview High School in St. George, Utah, a decent-sized town in southwest Utah near the borders of Arizona and Nevada, which is to say that he lives sufficiently in the middle of nowhere. A smart player that is the son of a junior college coach, he’s the type of player that is going to maximize his tools, though the tools themselves are not that great. Scouts love his makeup and praise his work ethic, but with his lack of tools and the normal risk that comes with drafting a high school prospect, there are doubts about his upside, which is likely as a league-average third baseman. His tools offer nothing truly above-average, though none of his tools are so bad that they drag down his projection. At the plate, he’s an average hitter with solid-average raw power, and though he profiles best as a number two or six hitter, he’s not going to be an easy out at the plate, as he has a knack of putting the bat on the ball. He’s a slightly below-average runner, though, so he’s going to need to drive the ball to get around the bases. Defensively, he has below-average range for shortstop, but he could be a solid-average defensive third baseman with a solid-average arm. As you can tell, there aren’t any standout tools, and there isn’t much to point to when it comes to saying he’ll be a Major League third baseman. However, players like him have put together fine seasons at third base in the past, and there’s nothing that says he absolutely won’t mature into a stronger player with time. For now, he’s a likely second to fourth round pick, and he might command a slightly over slot bonus.