Okay, the Mariners lost 3-1 to Chicago, Pineda getting his third loss, allowing two runs in seven innings. But outfielder Greg Halman called up over the weekend, who went 3-4 on Sunday with a triple and 2 RBI’s went 3-3 and now is batting .857.
But to the future the Mariners drafted left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen with the number two pick in the draft.
The 21-year-old was drafted out of high school by Arizona in the 10th round three years ago, but wanted to attend college. He chose Virginia but is now a first round pick of the Mariners.
When he was a kid growing up in Maryland the first baseball hat he bought was a Mariner cap. Not surprising. He was a Griffey guy as were many young kids now reaching the major leagues.
The Mariners will now provide his hats for free.
He made 15 starts for Virginia this year. He was 11-3 with a 1.57 ERA. In 103.1 innings he had 148 strikeouts and 17 walks. His career numbers are 31-5, 2.18 ERA. He looks good on paper.
The Mariners like drafting pitchers. Five of the past six years they have chosen a pitcher with their first selection. And most of their top prospects are pitchers, including three at Clinton. They are:Taijuan Walker, 19, a right-handed pitcher; Forrest Snow, 22, another righty; and lefty James Paxton, 22.
Another top pitching prospect, Erasmus Ramirez, 21, is at Jackson. He has walked 50 while walking only 5. Last years in 150.2 innings, he had 117 K’s with a mere 21 walks.
The Mariners may be stockpiling young pitchers, but the Way Admiral Felix and Pineda have developed, they can draft as many pitchers as they want. Perhaps injuries or trades will see some depart.
But it would be nice to add some position players to go with Smoak, Ackley, Peguero, Halman, and Mike Wilson.