Mariners make 30 selections on day two of MLB Draft

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Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara announced today that the club selected 30 players on the second day of Major League Baseball’s annual June draft. Rounds 2 to 30 were conducted today. The draft will conclude with rounds 31-50 tomorrow.


In the first 30 rounds, the Seattle Mariners selected 31 players including 15 pitchers (12 RHP, 3 LHP), 5 catchers, 6 infielders (1 1B, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 SS) and 5 outfielders. Of the 16 position players selected, 3 are left-handed hitters and 1 is a switch-hitter. Seattle selected 22 college players and 9 high school players.


The Mariners drafted shortstop Brad Miller from Clemson University with their second-round pick (62nd overall).  He was named a Louisville Slugger First-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball at shortstop, after hitting .395 (77x195) with 53 runs scored, 11 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs and 50 RBI in 56 games for Clemson. The junior from Windermere, FL is the Tigers' first first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball since 2002, when shortstop Khalil Greene earned that honor on the way to being named national player-of-the-year. Miller, the 2011 ACC Player-of-the-Year, leads the ACC in batting average (.395) and on-base percentage (.489).


First baseman Kevin Cron out of Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, AZ was the Mariners third-round selection. He hit .560 (61x109) with 11 doubles, 27 home runs and 65 RBI, while leading the Pride to the Class 5A Division I state championship for their first title in 2011. Cron recently established Arizona state records for most home runs in a single season (27) and a career (59) and was named 2011 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year. His brother C.J., a junior first baseman out of the University of Utah, was selected in the first round (17th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels. They are the first set of brothers to be drafted in the same year since Corban Joseph (4th round by the New York Yankees) and Caleb Joseph (7th round by the Baltimore Orioles) in 2008. His father Chris is a former Major League first baseman and the current Manager for the Detroit Tigers double-A Minor League affiliate the Erie Seawolves in the Eastern League.


Carter Capp, a right-handed pitcher out of Mount Olive College was the Mariners third-round supplemental selection (121st overall). Capps was named the 2011 Division II National Pitcher of the Year by three different organizations: American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). He earned All-America First Team honors from all three organizations and was also named overall National Player of the Year by the ABCA. He was runner-up for the Tino Martinez Award, which is College Baseball Lineup’s Division II National Player of the Year Award. Capps was 14-1 with 2 saves and 1.75 ERA (23 ER, 118.0 IP). He had struck out 129 batters in 118.0 innings pitched while walking just 18. He is tied for first in the nation with a school record 129 strikeouts and ranked among the top 30 with a 1.75 ERA. He recorded the first-ever nine-inning no-hitter in school history March 12 against Coker. Capps also set an NCAA Division II record with 24 consecutive victories over the 2010-11 seasons.


Catcher John Hicks from the University of Virginia was selected in the 4th round by the Mariners. A junior from Sandy Hook, VA, Hicks was one of 13 national semifinalists for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award. He has played in 61 games for the Cavaliers this season, batting .339 (84x248) with 50 runs scored, 21 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs and 54 RBI. He has reached base safely in all but four games this season. Hicks ranks in the ACC’s top 10 in hits (4th, 84), doubles (T4th, 21), total bases (6th, 128), RBI (8th, 54). In University of Virginia history he ranks among the top 10 in runs scored (160), hits (237) and doubles (54).


With their 5th round selection the Mariners selected catcher Tyler Marlette from Hagerty High School in Oveido, FL. Marlette was selected as the Most Valuable Player in the 2011 Aflac All-American game, after hitting a two-run home run estimated at 370 feet over the left-center field fence at Petco Park as the East All-Stars defeated the West-All Starts, 5-3. He was rated by Baseball America as the 72nd overall prospect heading in the draft.


The Mariners selected three teammates out of the University of Virginia: LHP Danny Hultzen (1st-round), catcher John Hicks (4th-round) and third baseman Steven Proscia (7th-round). It is the first time the Mariners have selected three players from the same school since 2009 when the Seattle drafted infielder Dustin Ackley (1st-round), infielder Kyle Seager (4th-round) and left-handed pitcher Brian Moran (7th-round) out of the University of North Carolina. Virginia will play host to UC Irvine in a best-of-three series in the NCAA Division I super regional, June 11-13. The winner of the super regional will advance to the College World Series.


The Mariners selected two players with ties to the Northwest through the first 30 rounds. Catcher Jack Marder was the Mariners 16th-round selection out of the University of Oregon. The native of Calabasas, CA, suffered a left thumb injury at Oregon State on May 3, and missed the final 17 games the season, only making pinch-running appearances. In 45 games played, Marder batted .209 (19x129) with 19 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 home runs and 19 RBI. Despite missing nearly final the month of the season, he still tied for the Pac-10 lead, being hit by a pitch on 17 occasions. Right-handed pitcher Keone Kela from Chief Sealth High School in Seattle, WA was the Mariners 29th-round selection. Kela was the Metro League Co-MVP and also named a Seattle Times Athlete of the Week.


The Mariners only pick in the draft yesterday was left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen (2nd overall). Hultzen, 21, is 11-3 with a 1.57 ERA (18 ER, 103.1 IP) in 15 starts during his junior season for the Cavaliers in 2011. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound lefty from the University of Virginia has limited opponents to a .189 average (69x365), while walking 17 and striking out 148 batters in 103.1 innings. He currently leads the ACC and ranks second nationally in strikeouts. A two-time ACC pitcher of the year, Hultzen is seventh in ACC history in career strikeouts and has been named first-team All-ACC three consecutive years. Hultzen was named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger first-team All-American team and is a finalist 2011 Golden Spikes Award presented annually to the nation's top amateur baseball player. He also is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and stands on the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player Award.


The 2011 June draft will conclude tomorrow with rounds 31-50, beginning at 9:00 am (PDT) via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York City. will deliver exclusive live programming of the Draft’s final day, including a live pick-by-pick stream, draft and scouting expert commentary and DraftCaster, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every draft-eligible player supplemented by statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.


Here is a look at the Mariners first 30 selection in the 2011 draft:


RD   PLAYER               POS     B-T     HT     WT      AGE     SCHOOL                               HOMETOWN

1      Danny Hultzen       LHP      L-L      6-3     200     21      University of Virginia                 Bethesda, MD

2      Brad Miller             SS        L-R      6-0     185     21      Clemson University                    Windermere, FL

3      Kevin Cron            1B        R-R     6-5     245     18      Mountain Point High School       Phoenix, AZ

3A    Carter Capps         RHP     R-R     6-4     205     20      Mount Olive College                  Kinston, NC

4      John Hicks            C          R-R     6-2     205     21      University of Virginia                 Sandy Hook, VA

5      Tyler Marlette         C          R-R     5-11   195     18      Hagerty High School                 Oveido, FL

6      James Zamarripa   OF        L-L      5-11   190     17      Rancho Cucamonga HS             Rancho Cucamonga, CA

7      Steven Proscia      3B        R-R     6-2     215     20      University of Virginia                 Suffern, NY

8      Carson Smith         RHP     R-R     6-6     205     21      Texas State University               Midland, TX

9      Cavan Cohoes       SS        R-R     6-2     188     18      Patch High School                    Baden Wuerttembery, Germany

10    Daniel Paolini        2B        R-R     6-0     195     21      Siena College                            Stratford, CT

11    Cameron Hobson   LHP      L-L      6-1     205     22      University of Dayton                  Crawfordsville, IN

12    Michael Dowd        C          R-R     5-9     205     20      Franklin Pierce University           East Bridgewater, MA

13    Jamal Austin          OF        R-R     5-9     170     20      Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham   Powder Springs, GA

14    Cody Weiss           RHP     R-R     6-0     195     20      La Salle University                     Orefield, PA

15    Michael McGee      OF        R-R     6-0     185     22      Florida State University              St. Augustine, FL

16    Jack Marder           C          R-R     5-11   185     21      University of Oregon                 Callabasas, CA

17    Nathan Melendres  OF        R-R     5-11   197     21      University of Miami                    Miami, FL

18    Nicholas Valenza   LHP      R-L      5-10   185     18      Horizon High School                  Scottsdale, AZ

19    Anthony Luke         C          S-R     5-11   210     18      Palm Beach Junior College        Weston, FL

20    Dillon Hazlett         2B        R-R     6-0     180     22      Emporia State University           Topeka, KS

21    Joe Dirocco          RHP     R-R     6-1     195     22      Seton Hall University                 East Hanover, NJ

22    John Taylor           RHP     R-R     5-10   175     22      University of South Carolina       Florence, GA

23    Richard White        RHP     R-R     6-0     175     18      St. Croix Educational Complex  St. Croix, Virgin Islands

24    Tanner Chleboard   RHP     R-R     6-6     185     18      Stevens High School                 Rapid City, SD

25    Gabe Saquilon       RHP     R-R     6-1     180     18      Horizon Christian High School    San Diego, CA

26    Kenny Straus         OF        L-R      6-0     190     20      Georgia Perimeter College         Atlanta, GA

27    David Colvin          RHP     R-R     6-3     215     22      Pomona Pitzer College              Mill Valley, CA

28    Brett Shankin         RHP     R-R     6-1     200     21      Wayne State University              Washington, MI

29    Keone Kela            RHP     R-R     6-1     190     18      Chief Sealth High School           Seattle, WA

30    Jordan Pries          RHP     R-R     6-0     190     21      Stanford University                    Alameda, CA 

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