Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara announced today that the club selected 40 players in the 2013 Major League Baseball's First-Year player draft, highlighted by their first pick, third baseman DJ Peterson, who was the 12th overall pick in the draft.
"Overall, we're very pleased with the athleticism, talent level and character of the players we drafted," McNamara said. "Our scouts did an excellent job traveling all over the country finding the top talent at both the high school and college levels. We look forward to getting many of these young men signed and in uniform."
The Mariners selected 16 pitchers, including 8 left-handers, 4 catchers, 14 infielders (3 1B, 4 3B, 7 SS), and 6 outfielders. Seattle selected 27 college players and 12 high school players (1 no school).
In all Seattle selected players from 15 states: Arizona, California (6), Florida (4), Georgia, Illinois (3), Massachusetts (2), Michigan, New Jersey (2), New Mexico, North Carolina (3), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (2), Texas (3), Utah (2), and Washington (5); 2 countries: United States, Canada (2).
The Mariners drafted 4 catchers, 14 infielders (3 1B, 4 3B, 7 SS), and 6 outfielders. Seattle selected third baseman DJ Peterson from the University of New Mexico (12th overall) with their first pick the 2013 draft. Of the 24 position players selected, 11 are left-handed hitters.
Seattle selected 16 pitchers in the draft, including 13 pitchers between the 4th and 27th rounds. The Mariners selected 8 right-handed pitchers and 8 left-handed pitchers. Right-handed pitcher Zack Littell (11th round) from Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, NC was the first high school pitcher selected by the Mariners, while right-handed pitcher Ryan Hortsman (4th round) from St. Johns University was the first college pitcher drafted by Seattle. In all, 14 of the 16 pitchers selected by Seattle were college pitchers.
The Mariners selected 27 college players in the draft, including 18 straight college players selected from the 14th through 31st rounds. At 17-year-old, Lachlan Fontaine (13th round) out of Sutherland Secondary School in North Vancouver, BC, Canada, was the youngest player the Mariners selected. Eight of the high school players selected by the Mariners in the draft were taken in the final nine rounds.
With the 12th-round selection the Mariners drafted first baseman Justin Seager out of University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Seager, who is from Kannapolis, NC, is the younger brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. His younger brother, Corey, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player draft and is currently playing for Single-A Great Lakes in the Midwest League. Seager was Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference after batting .351 (79x225) with 46 runs scored, 22 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 40 RBI in 60 games during his junior season for the 49ers.
The Mariners selected Shortstop Taylor Snyder out of Salem Hills High School in Elk Ridge, UT, with their 34th pick and selected his brother third baseman JC Snyder out of Salt Lake Community College in 36th round. Taylor and JC are the sons of Mariners Double-A Jackson hitting coach and former Major League infielder, Cory Snyder. Taylor hit .432 (43x74) with 34 runs scored, 6 doubles, 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 21 games, while leading Salem Hills to a State Championship during his senior season. JC hit .284 (36x162) with 37 runs scored, 8 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs and 35 RBI in 54 games with the Bruins in 2013. Taylro and JC are the first brothers drafted in the same year and by the same team since Tim (1st) and Jeremy Beckham (17th) in 2008 by Tampa Bay.
The Mariners selected third baseman DJ Peterson in the first round of the draft, while his younger brother Dustin, a senior shortstop out Gilbert High School, was selected in the 2nd round by San Diego (50th overall). They are the first set of brothers to be drafted within the first two rounds in the same year since J.D. (Philadelphia) and Tim Drew (Cleveland) were both selected in the first round in 1997.
Seattle selected outfielder Austin Wilson (2nd round) and shortstop Lonnie Kauppila (16th round) teammates from the Stanford University. The Mariners also selected third baseman DJ Peterson (1st round) and left-handed pitcher William Mathis (25th round), both teammates at University of New Mexico. With the 33rd and 35th selections in the draft, Seattle drafted teammates Corey Ray (OF) and Marshawn Taylor (SS) out of Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, IL.
The Mariners selected 5 players with ties to Washington State in the 2013 June draft: LHP Tyler Olson from Gonzaga University (7th-round), shortstop Jordan Cowan (37th round) out of Kentlake High School, in Kent, WA, third baseman Michael Sexton (38th) from Rogers High School in Puyallup, WA, right-hand pitcher Sam Hellinger (39th round) out of West Seattle High School in Seattle, WA, and catcher Mike McCann (40th round) out of Columbia River High School in Vancouver, WA. Olson was name West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, after going 9-4 with a 2.48 (23 ER, 101.2 IP) in 16 games, 14 starts as a fifth-year senior with the Bulldogs. He graduated from University High School in Spokane, WA in June, 2008. Hellinger is the son of Mariners Director of Ticket Sales Bob Hellinger. Sam led West Seattle High School to second place finish in the 3A State Championship. Hellinger was a unanimous choice as Metro League MVP in 2013.
The Mariners selected 8 players (rounds 3-10) on Friday afternoon. Seattle had two picks in the draft on Thursday, highlighted by their first overall selection third baseman DJ Peterson (12th overall). Peterson 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.
Here is a look at the Mariners 40 selections in the 2013 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 Los Angeles, CA
3 Tyler O'Neill OF R-R 5-11 205 17 Garibaldi Secondary School Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
4 Ryan Horstman LHP L-L 6-1 185 21 St. Johns University South Hadley, MA
5 Jack Reinheimer SS R-R 6-1 175 20 East Carolina University Charlotte, NC
6 Corey Simpson C R-R 6-2 210 19 Sweeny High School Sweeny, TX
7 Tyler Olson LHP L-L 6-3 195 23 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
8 Tyler Smith SS R-R 6-0 195 22 Oregon State University Thousand Oaks, CA
9 Jacob Zokan LHP R-L 6-1 195 22 College of Charleston Columbia, SC
10 Emilio Pagan RHP R-R 6-3 205 22 Belmont Abbey College Simpsonville, SC
11 Zack Littell RHP R-R 6-3 190 17 Eastern Alamance High School Mebane, NC
12 Justin Seager 1B R-R 6-4 195 21 UNC, Charlotte Kannapolis, NC
13 Lachlan Fontaine 3B L-R 6-2 210 17 Sutherland Secondary School North Vancouver, BC, Canada
14 Ian Miller OF L-R 6-0 170 21 Wagner College Dowingtown, PA
15 Eddie Campbell LHP L-L 6-0 195 21 Virginia Tech University Bridgewater, MA
16 Lonnie Kauppila SS R-R 6-0 175 21 Stanford University Burbank, CA
17 Paul Fry LHP L-L 6-0 190 20 St. Clair Community College Waterford, MI
18 Troy Scott RHP R-R 6-3 200 19 Riverside Community College Lake Elsinore, CA
19 Jeffrey Zimmerman 1B L-L 6-3 220 21 Northern Illinois University Tinley Park, IL
20 Daniel Torres C R-R 6-0 185 21 Saint Leo University Safety Harbor, FL
21 Brett Thomas OF L-R 6-1 190 21 Oregon Poway, CA
22 Thomas Burns RHP R-R 6-1 180 19 Howard College Fair Lawn, NJ
23 Kyle Petty C R-R 6-5 215 22 California Univ. of Pennsylvania Stewartsville, NJ
24 Kevin McCoy RHP L-R 6-4 220 21 Kennesaw State University Gainesville, FL
25 William Mathis LHP L-L 6-3 180 22 University of New Mexico Carlsbas, NM
26 Tyler Wright LHP L-L 6-2 170 22 Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville Houston, TX
27 Ricky Claudio RHP L-R 6-3 230 22 St. Thomas University Hialeah, FL
28 Zach Shank SS R-R 6-1 180 22 Marist College Lititz, PA
29 Chantz Mack OF L-L 5-10 205 22 University of Miami Homestead, FL
30 Rafael Pineda RHP R-R 6-6 210 22 Texas A&M University Fort Worth, TX
31 Michaelangelo Guzman LHP L-L 6-0 215 22 LaSelva, CA
32 Nate Maggio 1B L-R 6-4 225 18 Blessed Trinity High School Roswell, GA
33 Corey Ray OF L-L 5-11 185 18 Simeon Career Academy Chicago, IL
34 Taylor Snyder SS R-R 6-2 160 18 Salem Hills High School Salem, UT
35 Marshawn Taylor SS L-R 5-8 160 17 Simeon Career Academy Chicago, IL
36 JC Snyder 3B R-R 6-2 175 20 Salt Lake Community College Elk Ridge, UT
37 Jordan Cowan SS L-R 6-0 160 18 Kentlake High School Kent, WA
38 Michael Sexton 3B L-R 6-1 200 18 Rogers High School Puyallup, WA
39 Sam Hellinger RHP R-R 6-1 175 18 West Seattle High School Seattle, WA
40 Mike McCann C L-R 6-2 205 17 Columbia River High School Vancouver, WA