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06/08/2007 8:00 PM ET
Mariners make 51 selections in 2007 Draft
RHP Phillippe Aumont Seattle's first pick
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The Seattle Mariners Vice President of Scouting Bob Fontaine announced today that the club made 51 selections in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, highlighted by their first pick, right-handed pitcher Phillippe Aumont, who was the 11th overall pick in the draft. The Mariners selected 34 pitchers, including 5 left-handers, 8 infielders, 1 catcher and 8 outfielders.

"Overall, we're extremely pleased with the quality of players we drafted. We knew coming in there was depth in pitching. We went after some position players early and turned our focus to stockpiling pitchers," Fontaine said. "We look forward to getting many of these young men signed and in uniform."

In all Seattle selected players from 19 states: Arizona (3), California (14), Delaware, Florida (2), Indiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada (3), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina (2), Ohio, Oklahoma (2), Pennsylvania, Tennessee (3), Texas (3), Washington (4) and Wyoming; two countries & one U.S. territories: United States, Canada (4) and Puerto Rico (1). The Mariners took 17 high school players and 34 college players.

The Mariners selected four local players from the state of Washington; including INF Brandon McKerney (14th round) and RHP Johnny Durocher (34th round) both from the University of Washington, Jason Buursma from Bucknell University (43rd) and Forrest Snow from Lakeside High School (44th). McKerney, a 2005 graduate from Meadowdale High School, was 3-1 with a 6.23 ERA (26.0 IP, 18 ER) in 21 games this season for the Huskies. Durocher, a 2005 graduate from Bethel High School, played football for three years with the Huskies before playing baseball for the first time this season. His football season came to an end after being diagnosed with a brain tumor near the end of the 2006 season. Buursma, a 2004 graduate from Lakeside High School, was named first-team All-Patriot his junior season at Bucknell University. He posted a 4-1 record over 19 appearances with five saves during his junior campaign. Snow was named to first-team All-Metro League after his senior season.

Seattle selected 34 pitchers in the draft, including LH Nick Hill from Army in the 7th round. Hill, a graduate from the United States Military Academy, was the first player in Patriot League history to be named conference pitcher of the year honors outright three times and the first player since the league's inception to earn first team all-conference honors four consecutive years. Hill was 33-12 with 336 strikeouts in 327.2 innings in his career and stands fourth on Army's career list in ERA (2.20) and winning percentage (.733). RH Rod Scurry, from the University of Nevada, Reno (31st round), is the son of former Major League pitcher Rod Scurry. Scurry played for Pittsburgh, the New York Yankees and Seattle in his Major League career.

The Mariners drafted 17 position players, including five position players in the first seven rounds. James McOwen, a junior from Florida International University (6th round), was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Baseball First Team, after hitting .414 (91x220) with 22 doubles, 44 RBI and 125 total bases in his junior season. Jeff Dunbar, from the University of California, Riverside (11th round) was the only catcher select by the Mariners in the draft. He was named honorable mention in the Big West Baseball All-Conference after finishing with three home runs and 17 RBI. He also was second in the Big West with 21 baserunners thrown out.

Seattle also selected four sets of teammates in the draft, including catcher Jeff Dunbar (11th round) and RHP Stephen Penney (20th) from University of California, Riverside, right-handers Ryan Rodriguez (17th round) and Rod Scurry (31st round) from the University of Nevada, Reno, right-handers Brandon McKerney (14th round) and Johnny Durocher (34th round) and RHP Brodie Downs (23rd round) and infielder Blake Trinkler (32) from Modesto Junior College. Downs, 27, was the oldest player drafted by the Mariners this year.

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