Overall I'm happy with what the M's accomplished in the draft. I'll get into that later, but here's a rundown of what the M's did with their first 5 picks (Rounds 2 and 3 were "pickless" because of the the Belsextreson signings). You'll have to scroll down to read the scouting reports when you click on the link):
Round 1: Jeffrey Clement -C- USC Story
Round 4: Justin Thomas -LHP- Youngstown State (2005 Horizon League Pitcher of the Year) Scouting Report
Round 5: Stephen Kahn -RHP- Loyola Marymount (2004 WCC Pitcher of the Year)Scouting Report
Round 6: Lance Lynn -RHP- Brownsburg, Indiana (Apparantly threw 189 pitches in a high school game. Has signed with Ole Miss) Scouting Report
Round 7: Robert Rohrbaugh -LHP- Clemson Scouting Report
What I like the most about this is that there is an abundance of college pitchers. That tells me the Mariners are moving away from the traditional high school phenom approach. As I said in a previous post, college pitchers have a better track record in the bigs. This in addition to the following has made me feel good about the direction the organization is going:
1. The Freddy trade from last year in which the FO made a move to get some good, young talent
2. The offseason aggressiveness
3. The recent Olivo, Valdez/Morse moves which attempted to address the catcher and shortstop problems (as best they could at this point in the season)
4. The hiring of Matt Olkin, giving them an in-house stat geek with sabermetrics influence on moves they make
This season and offseason will also be a good test for the front office, but so far I like what I see.
Here is the entire first day actionDay One
And Lookout Landing was cool enough to post the continued draft results today...It keeps going and going....