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Mariners draft updates: Rounds 5-10 (updated 2:55 p.m.)

Post by Ryan Divish on June 5, 2012 at 11:46 am with 8 Comments »
June 5, 2012 3:01 pm

Updated 11:55 p.m. -- Here’s Jack Zduriencik talking with KJR about some of the early round picks. He also mentions that he expects Ichiro to be back next season. Some interesting stuff here.

Instead of doing separate blog posts the rest of the day, I’m going to do rounds 5-12 on one continuous post to save space and such.  I will continue to update throughout the day with each passing round.  More after the jump …

Fifth round (161st overall)

Chris Taylor, SS, University of Virginia. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. 6-1, 180 pounds.

AP photo

Here’s some scouting video from

From the scouting report …

Most of Taylor’s value comes from his defense. Taylor has good range and instincts with a plus arm. Offensively, he has shown off his plus speed on the basepaths . Right now, he mostly just has gap power, and he is not likely to hit many home runs at the next level. If a team thinks that he can hit, they could take a chance on him in the early going.

He hit .284 (67-for-236) for the Cavaliers with a .383 OBP. Full stats here.

Here’s a story on Taylor from last year.

Sixth round (191st overall)

Timmy Lopes, SS, Edison High School, Edison, CA. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. 6-0, 180 pounds

Video link

Here’s some more video of him hitting.

From the MLB scouting report …

Lopes’ older brother, Christian, was the Blue Jays’ seventh-round pick in 2011, and Timmy has a chance to be even better than his older brother, while almost surely being picked higher than him. Lopes has above-average range and instincts in the field but has an average arm that will likely mean a move to second base. On the basepaths, he has slightly above-average speed that plays up due to his great instincts. He makes consistent contact and is above average at handling the bat, which allows him to make hard contact to all fields. He also gets high marks for his makeup.

Seventh round (221st overall pick)

Taylor Ard, 1B, Washington State University. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. 6-1, 235.

Taylor Ard

Ard was a two-time All-Pac-12 performer for the Cougs. He hit .332 (73-for-220) with 12 homers and 50 RBI and a .412 OBP and .577 Slugging percentage.  A native of Vancouer, Wash., Ard played at  Prairie High School.

Eighth Round (251st overall pick)

Nick Halamandaris, 1B, Stevenson School, California. Bats: Left. Throws: Left.  6-1, 220 pounds.

Halmandaris signed with Cal during the spring signing season.

From the signing release …

Halamandaris, a left-handed power hitter who was also a tight end on his high school’s football team, has been named to Monterey County Herald’s All-County baseball team the last two years. He was also 2011 first-team Mission Trial Athletic League and finished last season with 38 hits, 11 multi-hit games, nine doubles, a triple, four home runs and 29 RBI.

Ninth round (281st pick)

Jamodrick McGruder, 2B, Texas Tech, Bats: Left. Throws: Right. 5-7, 170.

The speedy second baseman was a first-team All-Big 12 selection for the Red Raiders this season. From the release …

McGruder, (Mesquite, Texas), who is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award (top player in collegiate baseball), was the Big 12 leader in runs (54), triples (8), stolen bases (39), walks (45) and on-base percentage (.500) to name a few.

He led the Red Raiders batting .358 (69-for-193) with 27 RBI and a .503 slugging percentage. He finished the season with 22 consecutive stolen bases dating back to March 21. In addition, this marks McGruder’s third time earning an All-Big 12 honor as he received honorable mention in 2010 and 2011.

Here’s some more video of McGruder talking about the art of stealing bases. And another one on one video … can’t help but like the kid the more he talks.

Tenth round (311th pick)

Grady Wood, RHP, Western Oregon University. 6-1, 195 pounds

Wood was 12-0 with a 1.69 ERA for the Wolves this season. He had 89 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched with just 12 walks. Here’s his bio from WOU. Wood was a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award which is given to the best Division II player in the the country. He earned All-American honors and deservedly so.

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  1. wabubba67 says:

    For the love of God, NOOooooo!! I can’t handle any more of an aging, slap hitting, under .300 OBP Ichiro taking up a roster space instead of exploring what we could have in a young outfielder. I’m hoping that this is just Z playing the cultural game so that he can feign being surprised when Ichiro decides to retire or move on.

  2. Wabubba, my initial reaction is similar to yours. Though i think Ichiro has the #1 or #2 ba on the team, this is a terrible team offensively.

    If Ichiro doesn’t want to retire, it’s going to be a difficult situation. No way is Nintendo going to “disrespect” him (Please note the quotes, they stand for sarcasm).

  3. Crap. The audio freezes/cuts out right before Z talks about Ichiro.

  4. desbcoach says:

    listen to the interview, He did not say Ichiro would be back garunteed, it is the middle of the season and Jack is not going to say Ichiro is not wanted back. He expects him back but they will assess the situation at the end of this season.

  5. I can’t restart the audio from scratch either. it died at just over the 9 minute mark.

  6. bbnate420 says:

    “Things always work themselves out”-Jack Z. Not for this club, buddy. That’s why they have been perennial LOSERS for 9 years!

    In all fairness, Z didn’t seem to make a very strong statement about Ichiro being back in 2013. It was just the classic statement from management in the middle of a season. I know there is zero chance of this happening but, they should cut/trade Ichiro right now IMO if it were simply about the best interests of the team. This team isn’t going anywhere this year and he is just taking ABs from young players that need them.

    I will no longer be able to support this team financially if they resign Ichiro, until Armstrong and Lincoln lose their jobs! Ichiro had a great ten years here and I respect what he did for this organization but, he, Figgins, Armstrong and Lincoln all need to be shown the door.

    P.S. Can we convince Hansen to buy the M’s too!

  7. hooks21 says:

    As much as I have enjoyed watching Ichiro play baseball for the Mariners all these years, I too believe it is time for him to ride out into the sunset. The Japanese speak of honor and respect. Ownership respects Ichiro for what he has done for the team. Now it’s time for Ichiro to show honor and thank ownership for eleven years of MLB and say sayonara. We have too many guys needing playing time and Ichiro is taking up one of the spots. If Guti ever recovers, we will have a serious log jam in the outfield.

  8. wabubba67 says:

    I know nothing about Ard…but he looks like he’s dressed up for Halloween. Nice mullet and stoner eyes.

    We seem to be drafting a lot of local kids…I kind of like that, as I think people are inclined to overlook the PNW for talent.

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