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Mariners choose pitcher Kerski in eighth round

The Mariners won't have a shortage of pitchers when the second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft is finished.

In the eighth round Friday, Seattle selected right-hander Kody Kerski out of Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, Conn.) with the 231st overall pick. It marked the fifth consecutive pitcher the Mariners took.

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Kerski, 22, is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound starter who went 7-3 with a 2.42 ERA for the Pioneers during his senior season. In 85 2/3 innings, he struck out 74 and issued just 15 walks while posting a 0.98 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched).

Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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