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2011 MLB Draft: Seattle Mariners Draft Report

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The Mariners had the 1st surprise of the draft, taking Danny Hultzen instead of going after a hitter as had been rumored.

1-Danny Hultzen-LHP-Virginia

Coming into the year Hultzen was seen as a mid 1st round talent, with good polish but lacking overwhelming stuff. This year his stuff ticked up and his command remained very strong and there were reports in April that the DBacks really loved him. As a pitcher he has a three quarters arm slot, a low to mid 90's fastball, a good change up and a solid slider. Given his polish he shouldn't need much time in the minors.

2-Brad Miller-SS-Clemson

Everything Miller does looks unique. His plate set up has earned comparisons to Craig Counsell and his inconsistent throwing mechanics have led to a high numbers of errors though improved in 2011, leading most to say that he'll probably have to move off SS. Still he had success and showed a very mature approach at the plate, walking more than he struck out.

3-Kevin Cron-C/1B-HS (Arizona)

Cron is the younger brother of Angels 1st round draft pick, CJ and is very similar to his big brother. He is big and lacks athleticism leading most to think that he'll have to move off catcher sooner rather than later but he has a good bat with strong raw power, as he broke the Arizona High School HR record, with 59 in his career.

3S-Carter Capps-RHP-Mt. Olive

Capps was seen as the best division II prospect in the draft. He arrived at Mt. Olive as a catcher but shifted to the mound as a freshman. He throws a sinking fastball and a slider and has the makings of a curveball and change up but due to his mechanics he could move to the bullpen in pro ball.

4-John Hicks-C-Virginia

Hicks was Danny Hultzen's catcher at Virginia and it appears the battery will stay together in pro ball. Hicks has good athleticism but his receiving needs work, so he may not be able to stay at catcher in pro ball. Hicks showed decent power this year, but is more likely just a gap to gap hitter. He also didn't walk much but his K:BB was a good 18:17.

5-Tyler Marlette-C-HS (Florida)

Marlette saw his draft stock rise this year as he showed off his good bat speed and power potential to go along with his athleticism. He projects to be a solid defensive catcher, though there are some questions about his receiving given his size.

6-James Zamarripa-OF-HS (California)

Zamarripa is part of a solid San Diego State recruiting class along with infielders Trevor Gretzky and Phil Evans. He has an athletic build with solid speed and a strong arm. He should stay in CF, which is good because he may not have the power to play a corner OF spot.

7-Steven Proscia-3B-Virginia

Proscia is the 3rd UVa player drafted by the Mariners. He has a strong arm and solid instincts at 3rd base that help make up for below average range. He also has good power as both he and Hicks had 5 HR's which led the Cavaliers.

8-Carson Smith-RHP-Texas State

Smith is a big pitcher listed at 6'5 215 and he throws hard touching 97. He has a traditional three pitch mix but he has a violent delivery and has battled through shoulder injuries so he projects to be a reliever in pro ball.

9-Cavan Cohoes-SS-HS (Germany)

Cohoes is eligible for the draft because he attends an American HS in Germany. He is a very good athlete as he is a good runner with a strong arm. He is very raw both at the plate and in the field. He has a commitment to Ohio State.

10-Dan Paolini-2B-Siena

Paolini is a 2B with big power as he hit 17 HR's, even with the new bats sapping power. There are questions about his bat speed though and he's probably too big to play 2B in pro ball so he'll need to hit.

11-Cameron Hobson-LHP-Dayton

Hobson is the Dayton career leader in strikeouts, both all time (256) and single season (105)-both set this year. He has a low 90's fastball as well as a slider. He also has good control as he had just a 1.55 BB/9.

12-Mike Dowd-C-Franklin Pierce

Dowd has a very strong arm, but all his other tools are fringy.

13-Jamal Austin-OF-UAB

Like with Dowd, Austin has only one plus tool-as Austin is a very fast runner but is mostly just a slap and run type player.

14-Cody Weiss-RHP-La Salle

15-Mike McGee-OF-Florida St

McGee was a two-way player at Florida St, but Seattle took him as an OF. He doesn't have overwhelming tools but he could end up as a 4th OF.

16-Jake Marder-C-Oregon

Marder became a Catcher for the 1st time in his career and he looked very strong on the defensive end, showing good athleticism to go with a strong arm. He's a draft eligibile Sophomore and he may go back to Oregon and try to boost his value more as he struggled offensively.

17-Nathan Melendres-OF-Miami

18-Nick Valenza-LHP-HS (Arizona)

19-Luke Guarnaccia-C-Palm Beach CC

20-Dillon Hazlett-2B-Emporia State

21-Joe DiRocco-RHP-Seton Hall

22-John Taylor-RHP-South Carolina

23-Richard White-RHP-HS (Virgin Islands)

24-Tanner Chleboard-RHP-HS (South Dakota)

25-Gabe Saquilon-RHP-HS (California)

26-Kenny Straus-3B-Georgia Perimeter JC

27-David Colvin-RHP-Pomona Pitzer

28-Brett Shankin-RHP-Wayne State

29-Keone Kela-RHP-HS (Washington)

30-Jordan Pries-RHP-Stanford

31-Kyle Hunter-LHP-Kansas State

Hunter has been the ace of Kansas State's staff, but lacks great stuff.

32-Ryan Hawthorne-RHP-Loyola Marymount

33-Jeremy Dobbs-LHP-Austin Peay State

34-Taylor Brennan-2B-Edmonds CC

35-Cody Scammell-OF-HS (Canada)

36-Bo Reeder-OF-East Tennessee State

37-Jeremy Null-RHP-HS (North Carolina)

38-Alex Sunderland-RHP-Claremont McKenna

39-Chris Andreas-OF-Sam Houston State

40-Trevor Miller-RHP-San Joaquin Delta JC

41-Bobby Shore-RHP-Oklahoma

42-David Villasuso-C-Miami

43-Marcos Reyna-RHP-Bakersfield JC

44-Josh Corrales-RHP-CSU Dominguez Hills

45-Charles Jimenez-OF-HS (Florida)

46-Maxx Catapano-RHP-Lee

47-Brandon Plotz-RHP-Chabot JC

48-Max Krakowiak-RHP-Fordham

49-Andrew Grifol-1B-Santa Fe CC

50-Esteban Tresgallo-1B-HS (Puerto Rico)