SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara announced today that the club selected 40 players in the 2014 Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, highlighted by their first pick, outfielder Alex Jackson, who was the 6th overall pick in the draft.
The Mariners selected 21 pitchers, including 9 left-handers, 5 catchers, 9 infielders (1 1B, 2 2B, 5 SS, 1 3B), and 5 outfielders. Seattle selected 31 college players and 9 high school players.
In all Seattle selected players with hometowns from 17 states: Alabama, California (3), Connecticut (2), Delaware, Florida (6), Iowa, Georgia (5), Massachusetts (2), Mississippi (4), New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania (3), Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas (2), Utah and Washington (4); 2 countries: United States, Canada (1).
The Mariners drafted 5 catchers, 9 infielders (1 1B, 2 2B, 5 SS, 1 3B), and 5 outfielders. Outfielder Alex Jackson from the Rancho Bernardo (CA) High School, was the Mariners first position player selected by the organization with the 6th overall pick (third position player selected overall in the first round). Of the 19 position players selected, 7 are left-handed hitters and 1 is switch hitter.
Seattle selected 21 pitchers in the draft, including 13 pitchers in the first 20 rounds. The Mariners selected 12 right-handed pitchers and 9 left-handed pitchers. Right-handed pitcher Jay Muhammad (11th round) from Coral Springs Christian Academy in Coral Springs, FL was the first high school pitcher selected by the Mariners, while left-handed pitcher Ryan Yarbrough (4th round) from Old Dominion University was the first college pitcher drafted by Seattle. In all, 17 of the 21 pitchers selected by Seattle were college pitchers.
The Mariners selected 31 college players in the draft, including 23 of the Mariners first 27 picks. At 18-year-old, Morgan Gareth (2th round) out of Blyth Academy in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was the youngest player the Mariners selected.
The Mariners selected 4 players with ties to Washington State in the 2014 First Year Player Draft: LHP Nick Kiel from Bellevue Community College (18th-round), shortstop Taylor Smart (26th round) out of University of Tennessee, left-handed pitcher Andrew Summerville out of Lakeside High School in Seattle, WA and right-handed pitcher Sam Lindquist out of Stanford University. Kiel, who graduated from Jackson High School in Everett, WA in 2012, recently signed a letter of intent to play at University of Missouri next season. After redshirting his freshman season in 2013, Kiel went 7-4 with a 1.81 ERA (15 ER, 74.1 IP), while striking out a team-high 95 batters in 12 starts with Bellevue College in 2014. He played in the Area Code Games and Mariner Cup team. Smart, graduated from Tahoma High School in Covington, WA and attended Western Nevada College in 2011-12 before transferring to University of Tennessee for his final two collegiate seasons. He was invited to the Washington Nationals Area Code team and selected by the Seattle Mariners for the Mariner Cup Team. Smart hit .292 (54x185) with 37 runs scored, 14 extra-base hits and 29 RBI in 53 games with the Volunteers in 2014. Summerville, who was named to the 2014 West Region All-American Second Team after his senior year with the Lions, has signed a letter of intent to play at Stanford next season. Lindquist is from Mercer Island, WA and graduated from Eastside Catholic in 2010. He went 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA (5 ER, 14.1 IP) in 14 relief appearances with Stanford during his senior season.
Seattle selected second baseman Andy Peterson (27th round) and third baseman Kavin Keyes (38th round) teammates from Oregon State University. Peterson, from La Palma, CA, hit .237 (49x207) with 42 runs scored, 10 extra-base hits and 14 RBI during his junior season for the Beavers. Keyes, from Sandy, UT, wrapped up his senior campaign batting .329 (50x152) with 22 runs scored, 10 extra-base hits and 23 RBI in 43 games.
The Mariners selected 8 players (rounds 3-10) on Friday afternoon. The Mariners also made two selections during the first day of the draft, prep outfielders Alex Jackson (No. 6 overall) and Gareth Morgan (No. 74 overall). Jackson hit .400 (40x100) with a 1.459 OPS and 45 runs scored, 7 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs, 31 RBI in 35 games during his senior season at Rancho Bernardo High School. In four prep seasons he combined to bat .375 (150x400) with 156 runs scored, 35 doubles, 6 triples, 47 home runs and 127 RBI in 135 games with the Broncos (primarily as catcher). His 47 prep career home runs tied him with former Indians prospect Johnny Drennen (2002-05) for the all-time San Diego section record. Morgan has been a member of the Canadian Junior National Team since he was 14, and also played with the Langley Blaze travel team with current Mariners minor leaguers Tyler O'Neill and Lachlan Fontaine.