Draft Coverage

Dave · June 7, 2005 at 6:47 am · Filed Under Mariners 

The M’s will be selecting in approximately three hours, so this post will be continuously updated throughout the day as we hear things.

1:08 pm

Jeff Clement is the M’s pick.

1:08 pm

Gordon to KC. Darn.

1:07 pm

Upton #1 to Arizona.

12:30 pm eastern

At this point, all indications lead to the first two picks being Justin Upton and Alex Gordon, with the M’s then choosing between Jeff Clement or Troy Tulowitzki with the third pick.

10:30 am eastern

Having talked with two members of the Diamondbacks organization and getting input from several others who have as well, there seems to be almost no chance that Arizona passes on Justin Upton. He’s a pretty near lock to go #1.

9:45 am eastern

Baseball America has projected the M’s to select Jeff Clement, a catcher from USC, with the third selection, after Justin Upton and Alex Gordon go #1 and #2 overall. Clement has gotten a lot of late buzz, as the M’s ideally would love to have a power hitting left-handed catcher, and Clement’s power is nearly on par with that of Gordon’s. However, there is wide disagreement in the game as who the third best player in this draft is, and the M’s have certainly not locked themselves into Clement. They’re hoping and praying that Upton or Gordon fall, but it appears that Clement has an edge over Tulowitzki as the consolation prize. Nothing is concrete at the moment. No one is certain what Arizona or KC are going to do, and there’s still a non-zero chance that the M’s get one of the two highest ranked players on their board.


171 Responses to “Draft Coverage”

  1. Chris on June 7th, 2005 11:14 am

    Yeah. Hochevar to the Dodgers. The Tigers second pick will be in the third round. They lost their second round pick to the Angels for their Percival signing.

  2. bilbo on June 7th, 2005 11:20 am

    my bad.

  3. Ralph Malph on June 7th, 2005 11:23 am

    #148- but who will Ben Davis catch?

  4. patnmic on June 7th, 2005 12:32 pm

    What’s the word on Justin Thomas?

  5. Drew on June 7th, 2005 12:32 pm

    Ms pick Justin Thomas, a lefty from Youngstown St U…

    Can anyone elaborate on this pick?

  6. Everett on June 7th, 2005 1:06 pm

    I really like the Clement pick. I’m not as sold on Tulo. Yes, he’s low-risk, but I’d put Clement at medium risk with a much higher reward. I just couldnt see doing Tulo with the 3rd pick. Pity that the Dbacks and Royals both decided to be smart.

  7. toshi on June 7th, 2005 1:15 pm

    We can watch videos of our guys.

    Thomas: Well proportioned frame. Medium shoulders. Strong legs. Similar to Al Leiter. Good arm speed. FB has arm side tailing action. Occasionally turns FB over w/ sink, fade action. Slider has tight spin w/ good break. Getting feel for circle change, some deception w/ fade. Competes.


    Kahn: Strong, powerful, well proportioned physique. Quick, live arm. FB is mostly 92-93 w/ numerous 94’s. Occasional cuts FB. Flashes ML CB, tight rotation w/ late bite when on top. Power pitcher who’s not afraid to challenge hitters. Power arm, doesn’t finesse.


  8. jc on June 7th, 2005 1:23 pm

    #70 80 power in the future hahhhh you must be nutzz 80 power is bonds like.I asked a friend of mine who has been scouting for 25 years if he had ever put a 80 future power on a player his answer was 1 of course i said who he said Darryl Strawberry and that me and said why would you ask?I said i hear the catcher from usc has 80 future power and he said maybe 60 if you like him.

  9. PLU Tim on June 7th, 2005 1:37 pm

    uhhhh jc…

    So a College guy has to be hitting homers at a Bonds like pace to rate out as high as you can by a scout?

    Also, I would like to add that there are probably 2 “shift” keys on your keyboard.

  10. Nick on June 7th, 2005 1:39 pm

    For those of you who care……

    The Colorado Rockies selected Everett Community College pitcher Zach Simons in the second round of today’s major league draft.

  11. jc on June 7th, 2005 1:47 pm

    159 Strawberry came out of Hi School .80 is the top # on the board the best a player can be.Upton i heard got some 80s but this isnt a easy # to give if you know what your looking at.Kerry Wood had a 80 fastball coming out of hi scool he was throwing 94-98 that is a 80.

  12. Jake on June 7th, 2005 1:49 pm

    There are some great pics of M’s 5th round pick Michael Lance Lynn at his high school website. Scroll down to the pics and look for the URL’s that say Lynn……


  13. Bill Fugazi on June 7th, 2005 1:54 pm
  14. Evan on June 7th, 2005 1:56 pm

    The A’s have selected 4 HS pitchers already.

  15. Colm on June 7th, 2005 2:43 pm

    164. Blimey, really?

    and jc, for Christ’s sake try harder! Your posts are infuriating to try to read.

  16. Typical Idiot Fan on June 7th, 2005 2:44 pm

    The M’s have dominated their draft thus far with pitchers. Probably a good idea considering the rather laughable stock from AA on down that Dave was recently kvetching about.

  17. Evan on June 7th, 2005 2:48 pm

    165 – Yep. 4 of their first 8 picks.

    You could check, but MLB’s DraftCaster just broke.

  18. Brett Farve on June 7th, 2005 2:50 pm

    5/8 pitchers (through 10th round)

  19. Brett Farve on June 7th, 2005 2:52 pm

    Three lefties (Thomas, Rohrbaugh, Asher)
    and two righties (Kahn, Lynn (HS) )

    I think its safe to say that Rohrbaugh’s name will get butchered in the broadcast booth … assuming he makes it to the bigs…

  20. David J Corcoran on June 7th, 2005 3:09 pm

    Very fitting that on draft day, an often overlooked “Moneyball Player” (although one of the dumped players) was just called up. Marshall McDougal of the Ricardo Rincon trade.

  21. bilbo on June 7th, 2005 4:17 pm

    anybody else notice that almost all of the M’s position draftees bat LH? 6/7