Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara announced today that the club selected two players in the first day of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. Seattle selected third baseman DJ Peterson out of the University of New Mexico in the first round (12th overall) and outfielder Austin Wilson from Stanford University in the second round (49th overall).
Wilson, 21, hit .288 (34x118) with 26 runs scored, 7 doubles, 5 home runs and 26 RBI during his junior season. He was limited to only 31 games after suffering stress reaction on the tip of his right elbow that sidelined him for more than a month to start the season. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound outfielder was a named a preseason First Team All-America by both Baseball America and Perfect Game as well as being named Second Team All-America by Louisville Slugger heading into the 2013. In three seasons with Stanford, he hit .295 (158x535) with 107 runs scored, 26 doubles, 20 home runs and 110 RBI in 145 games. Wilson was a 2011 and 2012 All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention. He was originally selected in the 12th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Peterson, 21, was named Mountain West Co-Player of the Year with teammate Mitch Garver for the second straight season in 2013. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound infielder won the MW overall triple crown for the second year in a row, batting .408 (89x218) with 68 runs scored, 25 doubles, 4 triples, 18 home runs and 72 RBI in 55 starts during his junior season. Peterson currently ranks third in the nation in home runs, while ranking fourth average (.408) and in RBI (72). In Baseball America's annual Best Tools survey of the top 100 prospects entering the draft, Peterson was named as the best pure hitter and the second-best power hitter and strike-zone judgment amongst all college players. Peterson was rated as the 15th-best prospect heading into the 2013 draft.
The Draft will resume tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York City and cover rounds three through 10. The three-day MLB First-Year Player Draft will conclude on Saturday, June 8th with rounds 11 through 40. Rounds three through 10 will have one minute between selections, and the remainder of the selections will be made without delays. Continuing coverage at the start of day two, MLB.com will deliver exclusive live programming of the Draft's final two days, including a live pick-by-pick stream, draft and scouting expert commentary and DraftCaster.
Here is a look at the Mariners first 2 selections in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft:
RD PLAYER POS B-T HT WT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
1 DJ Peterson 3B R-R 6-1 205 21 University of New Mexico Gilbert, AZ
2 Austin Wilson OF R-R 6-5 245 21 Stanford University Los Angeles, CA