Welcome To Seattle, Kyle
The M’s final selection of the day is Kyle Seager, a left-handed hitting 3B/2B from North Carolina. Ackley’s teammate, Seager is another pick that I’m going to like more than most. His lack of power will be cited by people too stuck on traditional roles, but he’s a nice all-around player – good approach at the plate, line drive swing, and quality defense at third with a chance to move to second. Definitely a guy who gets more production out of his ability than his raw tools would indicate.
There’s a clear theme with the M’s picks today – they’re all strong fundamental position players with an understanding of the strike zone. Of the five, Poythress is the only one with a plus power tool, as the M’s continue to value all around players over sluggers. Its the right strategy, I think.
Overall, I’m pleased with day one. I know a lot of you will be upset that the M’s passed on the big name pitchers, but this is one of those situations where the team had significantly more knowledge about the players than we did. They got the #2 pick right, and I like the group they took at #27/#33/#51/#82. I’ll call it a successful first day.