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Mariners agree to terms with 27 players from 2012 draft


Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara announced today that the club has signed 27 players from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, including:

Right-Handed Pitchers (8) – Grady Wood (10th), Blake Hauser (13th), Dominic Leone (16th), Levi Dean (23rd), Matt Vedo (24th), Mark Bordonaro (25th), Aaron Brooks (26th) and Matt Brazis (28th).

Left-Handed Pitchers (5) – Nate Koneski (19th), Steven Ewing (20th), Scott DeCecco (21st), Blake Holovach (27th) and Rusty Shellhorn (31st).

Catcher (1) – Toby Demello (29th).

Infielders (10) –  Joe DeCarlo (2nd), Patrick Kivlehan (4th),  Chris Taylor (5th), Tim Lopes (6th), Taylor Ard (7th), Jamodrick McGruder (9th), Kristian Brito (11th), Brock Hebert (14th), Gabrial Franca (22nd) and Richard Palase (32nd).

Outfielders (3) – Michael Faulkner (12th), Dario Pizzano (15th) and Jabari Henry (18th).

“We are excited to get these players in uniform and to see all the young talent we recently drafted in action,” Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara said. 

Seattle has signed 25 of the team’s first 30 picks, including 7 players in the first 10 rounds of the draft. Overall the Mariners have agreed to terms with 27 of the 41 players selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft

Short-A Everett will begin action on Friday, June 15 at Tri-City. The AquaSox will play an exhibition game tonight vs. the Everett Merchants. Rookie Pulaski Mariners season gets under way on Tuesday, June 19 vs. Burlington, while Rookie Peoria Mariners begin play on Wednesday, June 20 vs. the AZL Padres.

The Mariners first round selection catcher Mike Zunino from the University of Florida is currently playing in the College World Series. The Gators, the No. 1 overall seed, begin play on Saturday vs. the University of South Carolina.

Seattle selected 41 players in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, highlighted by their first pick, catcher Mike Zunino, who was the 3rd overall pick in the draft. The Mariners selected 20 pitchers, including 6 left-handers, 3 catchers, 13 infielders (3 1B, 3 2B, 1 3B, 6 SS), and 5 outfielders. Seattle selected 26 college players and 15 high school players.

Seattle has until Friday, July 13 at 2 p.m. (PT) to sign players selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Here is a look at the Mariners 2012 draft selections. Signed players are listed in bold italic.

RD    PLAYER                               POS      B-T     HT        WT     AGE       SCHOOL                                           HOMETOWN

1        Mike Zunino                     C           R-R     6-1        220     21           University of Florida                   Cape Coral, FL

2        Joe DeCarlo                      SS         R-R     5-10     205     18           Garnet Valley High School      Glen Mills, PA

3        Edwin Diaz                        RHP      R-R     6-2        160     18           Caguas Military Academy         Naguabo, Puerto Rico

3A     Tyler Pike                          LHP      L-L      6-0        180     18           Winter Haven High School        Winter Haven, FL

4        Patrick Kivlehan             3B         R-R     6-2        211     22           Rutgers                                            West Nyack, NY

5        Chris Taylor                      SS         R-R     6-0        170     22           University of Virginia                Virginia Beach, VA

6        Tim Lopes                          SS         R-R     5-11     180     17           Edison High School                     Huntington Beach, CA

7        Taylor Ard                         1B         R-R     6-1        235     22           Washington State Univ.           Vancouver, WA

8        Nick Halamandaris         1B         L-L      6-2        220     18           Robert Louis Stevenson HS      Monterey, CA

9        Jamodrick McGruder   2B         L-R      5-8        175     20           Texas Tech University                Mesquite, TX

10     Grady Wood                    RHP     R-R     6-1        195     22           Western Oregon State               Junction City, OR

11     Kristian Brito                   1B         R-R     6-5        240     17           Ramon Quinones Medina        Yabucoa, Puerto Rico

12     Michael Faulkner          CF         L-L      5-9        165     20           Arkansas State University       Memphis, TN

13     Blake Hauser                   RHP     R-R     6-2        180     21           Virginia Commonwealth         Moseley, VA

14     Brock Hebert                    2B         R-R     5-9        170     21           Southeastern Louisiana            Bourg, LA

15     Dario Pizzano                  RF         L-R      5-9        200     21           Columbia University                  Saugus, MA

16     Dominic Leone                RHP     R-R     5-11     195     20           Clemson University                    Norwich, CT

17     Isaiah Yates                      RF         R-L      5-9        185     17           Clovis East High School               Clovis, CA

18     Jabari Henry                    RF         R-R     6-1        200     21           Florida International Univ.     Orlando, FL               

19     Nate Koneski                   LHP      R-L      6-0        185     22           College of the Holy Cross         North Dighton, MA

20     Steven Ewing                   LHP      L-L      6-1        219     20           University of Miami                   Orlando, FL

21     Scott DeCecco                  LHP      R-L      6-0        180     21           University of SC Upstate          Cape May Court House, NJ

22     Gabrial Franca               SS         R-R     5-11     160     18           John W. North High School     Riverside, CA

23     Levi Dean                          RHP     R-R     6-4        225     22           Tennessee Wesleyan Col.         Centralia, WA

24     Matt Vedo                        RHP     R-R     6-3        205     22           UC Santa Barbara                       Colusa, CA

25     Mark Bordonaro            RHP     L-R      6-0        170     21           Fairfield University                     Berlin, CT

26     Aaron Brooks                  RHP     R-R     6-6        210     20           Edmonds Community Col.       Mountlake Terrace, WA

27     Blake Holovach              LHP      L-L      6-5        195     21           University of Missouri               Overland Park, KS

28     Matt Brazis                      RHP     R-R     6-3        200     22           Boston College                             Tampa, FL

29     Toby Demello                  C           R-R     6-1        241     22           St. Mary’s College of CA           Roseville, CA

30     Mike Yastrzemski           RF         L-L      6-0        180     21           Vanderbilt University                 Andover, MA

31     Rusty Shellhorn              LHP      L-L      5-10     185     22           Texas Tech University                Liberty Lake, WA

32     Richard Palase                2B         R-R     5-11     195     21           Lynchburg College                      Staten Island, NY

33     Logan Seifrit                     RHP      R-R     5-11     185     17           Vauxhall High School                  Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada

34     Alex Ross                           C           L-R      6-1        190     21           Bellevue Community College  Kirkland, WA

35     Tyler Krieger                    SS         S-R     6-1        165     18           Northview High School              Johns Creek, GA

36     Anthony Wingenter      RHP      R-R     6-7        190     18           Bob Jones High School               Madison, AL

37     Brett Lilek                          RHP      R-R     6-4        185     18           Marian Catholic High School    South Holland, IL

38     Richard Martin                SS         R-R     5-10     174     17           Bloomingdale Sr. High School  Brandon, FL

39     Grayson Long                  RHP      R-R     6-5        200     18           Barbers Hill High School             Mont Belvieu, TX

40     James Kaprielian            RHP      R-R     6-3        190     18           Beckman High School                 Tustin, CA


For more information, please contact the Seattle Mariners baseball information department at (206) 346-4000. More information on the Major League Baseball 2012 First-Year Player Draft, is also available online at www.Mariners.com.

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