06/08/11 1:45 AM ET
Catchers, RHPs highlight Day 2 picks
By Taylor Soper / MLB.com
But as of Tuesday night, these budding baseball players all share one thing in common: They are now potential stars of the Mariners organization.
One day after surprising many with the first-round selection of Virginia star pitcher Danny Hultzen, the Mariners drafted a total of 31 players during Day 2 of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
In total, there were 15 pitchers (12 right-handers, three lefties), five catchers, six infielders and five outfielders. Just after Seattle made its final selection on Tuesday, Mariners scouting director Tom McNamara was pleased with how many "premium" players they picked..
"The best thing about taking the premium position players -- the catcher, the shortstop, the second baseman and the center fielder -- those guys are versatile and you can move them around," he said. "I'm a big fan of premium position players. They are hard to find."
The draft concludes Wednesday with Rounds 31-50.
Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft resumes at 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday on MLB.com, where fans will receive exclusive coverage of Day 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player.
Round 2, No. 62: Brad Miller, Clemson, shortstop
The left-handed-hitting Miller is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound shortstop who was named the ACC Player of the Year this season. He batted .395, had 50 RBIs and hit five home runs.
"He's a good looking kid and we're glad we have him," McNamara said. "I can't see why he couldn't play shortstop in the big leagues."
While Miller, who has spent the last two summers playing with the USA Collegiate National team, seems to excel at the plate, he's had his share of problems with the leather. During his freshman year at Clemson, the Windermere, Fla. native committed a team-high 23 errors and then had 32 as a sophomore, including three in the College World Series. But Miller has dropped that number to 12 this season.
Round 3, No. 92: Kevin Cron, Mountain Pointe HS, first baseman
The Mariners elected for power with their third-round selection. Cron is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound beast out of Mountain Pointe High School in Arizona.
"There are some tanks at the Peoria complex behind the walls that look like water tanks -- he can put them up there," McNamara said. "He's got power."
Cron was a record-breaker in high school, where he set the single-season home run record (27) and the career record (53) while leading his team to a 2011 state title. Kevin's brother, C.J., was the Angels' 17th overall pick in Monday's first round.
Round 3A, No. 121: Carter Capps, Mount Olive College, pitcher
With their compensation pick in Round 3 (the Mariners did not sign last year's third-round pick, Ryne Stanek), Seattle went back to the mound.
The Kinston, N.C., native is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound converted catcher. The sophomore was 14-1 this season in 20 appearances with a 1.75 ERA for North Carolina's Mount Olive College. He was named 2011 Division II National Player of the Year by three different organizations.
Round 4, No. 123: John Hicks, Virginia, catcher
If Hicks had anything to do with Hultzen's success, then the Mariners must be happy with their fourth-round selection.
With the all the scouting attention on Hultzen, Hicks has been able to show off some of his own talent behind the plate. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior hit .339 in 61 games this season to go along with seven homers, 21 doubles and 54 RBIs.
Round 5, No. 153: Tyler Marlette, Hagerty HS, catcher
With a second consecutive catcher selection, it appears that Seattle wanted to address perhaps its thinnest position in the system.
Marlette, who has signed to play at Central Florida, is out of Hagerty High School in Orlando and is a bit on the small side for a catcher at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds.
Round 6, No. 183: James Zamarripa, Rancho Cucamonga HS, outfielder
Zamarripa is a senior center fielder at Rancho Cucamonga High School in California. The 5-foot-10 lefty hit .378 this season with a .634 slugging percentage.
Round 7, No. 213: Steven Proscia, Virginia, third baseman
Proscio is 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior hitting .341 with eight home runs and 58 RBIs. Along with Holtzman and Hicks, Proscio marked the third Cavalier taken in just the first seven rounds. That pattern is similar to 2009, when the Mariners took three players out of the University of North Carolina.
"Obviously, I was at the University of Virginia a lot this year, so I got a chance to see them play a lot," McNamara said.
Round 8, No. 243: Carson Smith, Texas State, pitcher
Smith, a righty, stands tall at 6-foot-6 and has been the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year of the past two seasons. His fastball has been clocked at 98 mph.
Round 9, No. 273: Cavan Cohoes, Patch HS, shortstop
Cohoes is a unique draftee out of the Patch American High School in Stuttgart, Germany. He lives with his military-stationed parents, as his father is colonel. A big upside is Cohoes' speed: He runs a 4.33 40-yard dash.
Round 10, No. 303: Daniel Paolini, Siena College, second baseman
Paolini, a 6-foot, 195-pound infielder, hit .368 as a sophomore and was named the 2010 MAAC Player of the Year.
Round 11, No. 333: Cameron Hobson, Dayton, pitcher
The lefty was 7-1 with a 3.43 ERA this season and is Dayton's career strikeout leader.
Round 12, No. 363: Michael Dowd, Franklin Pierce University, catcher
Dowd became the third catcher -- fourth if you count Capps -- taken by Seattle. He is just 5-foot-8 and hit .340 with 37 RBIs.
Round 13, No. 393: Jamal Austin, Alabama, Birmingham, center fielder
McNamara raved about Austin's speed. The junior stole 26 bases on 32 attempts this season.
Round 14, No. 423: Cody Weiss, La Salle, pitcher
Weiss, a righty, didn't put up the best numbers this season. The 6-foot, 200-pound junior was 3-6 with a 6.32 ERA in 11 starts.
Round 15, No. 453: Michael McGee, Florida State, pitcher
Seattle picked its second consecutive pitcher in the right-handed McGee, who was 4-3 with a 4.02 ERA in 17 games.
Round 16, No. 483: Jack Marder, Oregon, catcher
The first "local" product came in the form of Marder, the fourth catcher selected by Seattle on Tuesday. Marder hit just .209 this season with two home runs and 19 RBIs.
Round 17, No. 513: Nathan Melendres, Miami, center fielder
Another speedy outfielder and another "premium player," Melendres hit .326 and stole 24 bases in 27 attempts.
Round 18, No. 543: Nicholas Valenza, Horizon HS, pitcher
It was back to the mound with Valenza, a 5-foot-10, 175 pound lefty from Arizona.
Round 19, No. 573: Luke Guarnaccia, Palm Beach CC, catcher
You can never have enough catchers. The Mariners actually picked Guarnaccia last year in the 21st round.
Round 20, No. 603: Dillon Hazlett, Emporia State University, second baseman
Speed, speed and more speed. Hazlett stole an impressive 43 bases on 45 attempts and batted .433.
Round 21, No. 633: Joseph DiRocco, Seton Hall, pitcher
DiRocco began a streak of five consecutive right-handed pitchers selected by the Mariners. The righty was 8-2 with a 1.97 ERA and allowed just a .216 average to opponents.
Round 22, No. 663: John Taylor, University of South Carolina Columbia, pitcher
Taylor, a righty, has potential to be a solid relief pitcher. This season, he went 5-1, held opponents to just a .178 average and didn't give up a home run.
Round 23, No. 693: Richard White, No school, pitcher
Hailing from the Virgin Islands, the right-handed White became the second player drafted outside of the U.S. His fastball has been clocked at 96 mph.
Round 24, No. 722: Tanner Chleboard, Stevens HS, pitcher
The 6-foot-6 righty from South Dakota has signed to pitch at Washington State University.
Round 25, No. 753: Gabriel Saquilon, Horizon Christian HS, pitcher
The fifth straight right-handed pitcher chosen, Soquilon hit a scorching .462 this season.
Round 26, No. 783: Kenneth Straus, Georgia Perimeter College, third baseman
The lefty was the only position player chosen in the final 10 picks and hit .339 this season.
Round 27, No. 813: David Colvin, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, pitcher
Colvin, a righty, was 8-2 with a 2.96 ERA this season and struck out 94.
Round 28, No. 843: Brett Shankin, Wayne State, pitcher
Shankin went 7-3 with a 2.79 ERA, including seven complete games.
Round 29, No. 873: Keone Kela, Chief Sealth HS, pitcher
The second local player chosen by the Mariners. Kela, a righty, was at the pre-Draft workout at Safeco Field earlier this year.
Round 30, No. 903: Jordan Pries, Stanford, pitcher
It was only right to end with another right-handed pitcher. Fun fact: Pries' great uncle, Don "Ducky" Pries, is credited with starting the Major League Scouting Bureau.
Taylor Soper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.