Not a bad day for the Mariners. They take five position players – three college, two high school. Remember you’ll be able to watch top pick Dustin Ackley and third-round pick Kyle Seager, who both play for the University of North Carolina on Sunday when the Heels take on Arizona State in the first round of the College World Series.
Here’s my story from today.
Here’s John McGrath’s column on the draft.
This MLB.com story also has video of Ackley and other picks, and the comments from Jack Zduriencik and Tom McNamara
Here are some small bios and additional information and links for each.
1B/OF DUSTIN ACKLEY
University of North Carolina
Chosen: First round (second overall)
Vitals: 6-1 / 184
Born: Feb. 26, 1988 in Winston Salem, NC
Skinny: The best position player in the draft, Ackley can run, hit for average and has potential for additional power. In three seasons with the Tarheels, he never hit below .400 and his on-base percentage never went below .448. Elbow surgery forced him to play first base much of the year, but with his arm healthy he will move to his natural position – centerfield.
Heading into his third College World Series, Ackley is batting .412 (103×250) with 17 doubles, 4 triples, 22 home runs and 70 RBI in 63 games this season. Ackley received ACC Player of the Year and First-Team Louisville Slugger All-America honors, becoming the first three-time All-America selection in Tar Heel baseball history.
In three seasons at North Carolina, Ackley has emerged as one of the best players in ACC history. He holds school career records for average (.410), hits (338), runs (225) and total bases (535). Ackley is a career .410 (338×824) hitter with 58 doubles, 11 triples, 39 home runs and 195 RBI. He has posted multiple hits in 105 of 204 career games (51%).
Here’s the story from the Charlotte News Observer
How about a little youtube video?
SS NICHOLAS FRANKLIN
Lake Brantley High School, Almonte Springs, Fla.
Chosen: First round (27th overall)
Born: March 2, 1991
Skinny: Labeled a "baseball rat" by those who have watched him play, Franklin is versatile athlete and a tireless worker. His high school has produced major leaguers Felipe Lopez (Diamondbacks), Rickie Weeks (Brewers), Jason Varitek (Red Sox) and top Oakland shortstop prospect Jemile Weeks. In his senior year, Franklin hit .538 with 11 home runs.
He has committed to playing at Auburn after a solid senior season in which he hit .538 with 11 home runs and was selected the Orlando Sentinel’s baseball Player of the Year. Franklin, 18, was a member of the 2007 U.S. Youth National team that played in Venezuela.
Here’s the Sun Sentinel’s story on his selection.
Here’s the Sun Sentinel’s story on Franklin being player of the year.
And another story from the Sun Sentinel
Another scouting report from the Florida High School baseball report
Here’s some youtube video from a year ago.
C STEVEN BARON
Ferguson High School, Miami, Fla.
Chosen: Sandwich pick (33rd overall)
Born: Jan. 1, 1990
Skinny: Reports were that the Mariners had a pre-draft deal with Baron to take him at No. 33, earlier than he was projected. Baron is one of the top defensive catcher in the high school ranks. He threw out 13 of 24 runners attempted base stealers. The hitting is still coming along, he hit .345 with eight doubles and two homers and 16 RBI in 30 games his senior season.
Here’s some comments from Baron in the Miami Herald’s prep blog. It’s also where this photo is from.
Here’s the draft story from the Miami Herald. Baron this paragraph seems interesting.
Baron went to Seattle a day after high school graduation to work out for the Mariners. He indicated Tuesday that he might honor his commitment and play for Duke next season if he and his family cannot settle on a contract with the Mariners. Baron said he would like to sign a contract worth around $1.3 million. Meanwhile, Duke upped its scholarship offer to cover 90 percent of Baron’s tuition, according to Baron.
”I have until August 15 to negotiate, and we’ll see what happens,” he said.
Here’s another scouting report on Baron from a scouting service.
1B RICH POYTHRESS
University of Georgia
Chosen: Second round (51st overall)
Born: Aug. 11, 1988
Skinny: A power-hitting first baseman, Poythress hit .376 with 25 home runs and a school record 86 RBI this past season. It was the second straight season he topped 70 RBI for the Bulldogs. An obvious first-team All-SEC selection, Poythress was also named to the SEC’s all-defensive team.
He was named the 2009 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association District IV Player of the Year. He hit three home runs in the Tallahassee Regional to lead Georgia to a 24-8 win over Ohio State. Poythress was also named a Louisville Slugger All-American and a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award.
Here’s his U of Georgia bio
Here’s a story from the Augusta Chronicle
Here’s an interview with Poythress from a prospect blog
Here’s a story on Poythress from last year when he was going to the CWS.
Here’s some video of him making a good defensive play.
2B/3B KYLE SEAGER
University of North Carolina
Chosen: Third round (88th overall)
Born: Nov. 3, 1987
Skinny: He projects as a second baseman since he doesn’t quite have the power of a third baseman. Seager is second behind Ackley on the Tarheels in hitting with a .386 batting average. He had 24 doubles, four triples, five home runs, while driving in 59 runs with a .480 on-base percentage.
Seager was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award as a sophomore when he set a single-season UNC record with 30 doubles. As a junior he was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference.
Here’s a story from his hometown newspaper.