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Wrapping up Day 2 of the MLB draft

Post by Ryan Divish on June 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm with No Comments »
June 5, 2012 5:35 pm

1Mike ZuninoCR-R6-122021University of FloridaCape Coral, FL
2Joe DeCarloSSR-R5-1020518Garnet Valley High SchoolGlen Mills, PA
3Edwin DiazRHPR-R6-216018Caguas Military AcademyNaguabo, Puerto Rico
3ATyler PikeLHPL-L6-018018Winter Haven High SchoolWinter Haven, FL
4Patrick Kivlehan3BR-R6-221122Rutgers State UniversityWest Nyack, NY
5Chris TaylorSSR-R6-017022University of VirginiaVirginia Beach, VA
6Timmy LopesSSR-R5-1118017Edison High SchoolHuntington Beach, CA
7Taylor Ard1BR-R6-123522Washington State UniversityVancouver, WA
8Nick Halamandaris1BL-L6-222018Robert Louis Stevenson HSMonterey, CA
9Jamodrick McGruder2BL-R5-817520Texas Tech UniversityMesquite, TX
10Grady WoodRHPR-R6-119522Western Oregon StateJunction City, OR
11Kristian Brito1BR-R6-524017Ramon Quinones MedinaYabucoa, Puerto Rico
12Michael FaulknerCFL-L5-916520Arkansas State UniversityMemphis, TN
13Jonathan HauserRHPR-R6-218021Virginia Commonwealth Univ.Moseley, VA
14Brock Hebert2BR-R5-917021Southeastern Louisiana Univ.Bourg, LA
15Dario PizzanoOFL-R5-920021Columbia UniversitySaugus, MA

From the Mariners press release …

The Mariners drafted shortstop Joe DeCarlo from Garnet Valley High School with their second-round pick (64th overall).  DeCarlo, who is a 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, recently led Garnet Valley to a Central League championship. Ranked No. 57 on Baseball America’s Top 100 High School Prospects list, DeCarlo was a first team All Delco (Delaware County) selection and also made 1st Team All Central as a standout infielder for the Jaguars. His brother Mike played three seasons in the Arizona’s minor league system from 2005-07.

Right-handed pitcher Edwin Diaz out of Caguas Military Academy in Caguas, Puerto Rico was the Mariners third-round selection. He was rated as the 75th prospect by Baseball America heading into the draft, including the 4th ranked prospect out of Puerto Rico. His cousin, Jose Melendez, pitched in the big leagues for parts of five seasons in the 1990s for Seattle (1990), San Diego (1991-92) and Boston (1993-94).

Left-handed pitcher Tyler Pike out of Winter Haven High School in Winter Haven, FL was the Mariners third-round supplemental selection (126th overall). Pike went 8-2 with a 0.66 ERA (6 ER, 82.0 IP) while striking out 134 batters in 82 innings during his senior season for the Blue Devils. He also batted .360 (36×100) with 20 runs scored, 12 extra-base hits and 21 RBI as an outfielder.

Patrick Kivlehan, an outfielder out of Rutgers State University was the Mariners fourth-round selection. Kivlehan was named the 2012 New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Division I Player of the Year, after batting .392, with 47 runs scored, 11 doubles, 14 home runs and 50 RBI. Kivlehan, who also won the BIG EAST Player of the Year, took home five weekly honors from the NJCBA, including Player of the Week on four occasions and Rookie of the Week once. The third baseman won the first league triple crown in BIG EAST history in his first season playing baseball after a successful four-year career as a safety for the RU football team.

Shortstop Chris Taylor from the University of Virginia was selected in the fifth round by the Mariners. A junior from Virginia Beach, VA, Taylor was named to watch list for Brooks Wallace Award for the nation’s top shortstop. He is one of two players for the Cavaliers to appear in all 59 games this season (58-SS, 1-DH), batting .284 (67×236) with 57 runs scored, 13 doubles, 5 triples, 5 home runs and 47 RBI. He has reached base safely in all but two games this season as the team’s leadoff hitter. Taylor currently ranks third on the team in hits (67), total bases (105) and extra-base hits (23)

The Mariners selected two players with ties to the Northwest through the first 15 rounds: first baseman Taylor Ard from Washington State University and right-handed pitcher Grady Wood from Western Oregon State College. Ard was the Mariners 7th-round selection out of the Washington State University. The native of Vancouver, WA, was named to the 2012 All-Pac-12 Conference Baseball Team after batting .332 (73×22) with 41 runs scored, 16 doubles, 1 triple, 12 home runs and 50 RBI in junior season. He currently leads the Pac-12 with 127 total bases, while ranking third in the conference with 12 home runs and a .577 slugging percentage, sixth in RBI (50), T8th in hits (73) and T10th in doubles (16). His .577 career slugging percentage is seventh all-time at Washington State. Ard is the first WSU player selected by the Mariners since Aaron Trolia in the 22nd round of the 2004 June draft. He also attended Mt. Hood Community College from 2009-10. Wood was named the 2011-12 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the first baseball player in the 11-year history of the league to win the honor. Wood was a first team selection in the NCWBA and Daktronics polls, and a second team selection by the ABCA, after going 12-0 record with a 1.69 ERA this season. He won 20 consecutive games over two seasons, just one shy of the NCAA Division II national record, while holding opponents to a record-low .199 average. Wood, a Junction City, OR native, also strung together a stretch of 26.0 scoreless innings and was part of five shutouts by the Wolves.

The Mariners only pick in the draft yesterday was catcher Mike Zunino (3rd overall). Named a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American on Thursday by Collegiate Baseball, Zunino is a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award. He was also the 2011 SEC Player of the Year and a 2012 first-team All-SEC selection. A two-time first-team All-SEC recipient and two-time member of the league’s All-Defensive Team, he has registered a .993 fielding percentage, with three errors in 452 chances, and has thrown out almost a third of the runners who have attempted to steal on him (45 of 144). Zunino, 21, led the University of Florida in nearly every offensive category. After a 3-game sweep in the NCAA Gainesville Regional over the weekend, he is batting .316 (73×231) with 27 doubles, 18 home runs and 60 RBI in 62 games. He has started 58 of his team’s 63 games at catcher, and recorded an additional 4 starts as the designated hitter. He was named to the Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team, and has hit seven career post-season home runs.

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