The Mariners dipped back into the Southeast for their final selection on the second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday, taking Western Carolina catcher Adam Martin with the 291st overall pick in the 10th round.
Named preseason to the Johnny Bench Award watch list, Martin responded with a huge senior campaign, posting a .307/.411/.574 slash line with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs in 54 games for the Catamounts. He was also named first-team All-Southern Conference.
Martin, 22, is the third right-handed hitter the Mariners took in the first 10 rounds. At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, he represents the sort of power potential the organization needs.
The Draft concludes Saturday, with rounds 11-40 shown exclusively on MLB.com starting at 10 a.m. PT.
"We got a lot of work to do," Mariners director of amateur scouting Tom McNamara said. "[Saturday], when the bell goes off, we look at the board now and are like, 'Hey, there's big leaguers out there.' Let's keep grinding."
Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.