Welcome to Seattle, Steven

Dave · June 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

We told you guys this was happening – the M’s cut a pre-draft deal with Baron last week. He’s going to sign for below slot, as on talent, he’s more in the 50-100 range.

In case you’ve forgotten, Baron’s a catcher with great defensive tools and a questionable bat. The M’s think there’s more offense in there, and he could be a Yadier Molina type long term. I know, it’s not that exciting, especially considering some of the names that were on the board, but this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. We knew this was coming.

Will be interesting to see what the M’s do at #51 now. They’ve saved money at both #27 and #33, so I’d expect them to be aggressive with their next two picks.


13 Responses to “Welcome to Seattle, Steven”

  1. SoulofaCitizen on June 9th, 2009 6:12 pm

    [wrong thread]

  2. joser on June 9th, 2009 6:15 pm

    They should sign this kid ASAP. At the rate this team has been going through catchers, he could be backing up Moore at Safeco in just a few weeks….

  3. hub on June 9th, 2009 6:15 pm

    Whats the reasoning that makes Baron the best selection for the Ms at #33? Yes, we knew it was coming. But how is this a good pick again? Thanks.

  4. xxtinynickxx on June 9th, 2009 6:16 pm

    Sorry I forgot about that. Thats awesome they got something for very little. So much upside, hope it doesn’t flip haha

  5. joser on June 9th, 2009 6:26 pm

    Whats the reasoning that makes Baron the best selection for the Ms at #33?

    Dave laid it out here. It’s a little complicated, but it looks to describe exactly what Zduriencik & Co are doing.

  6. pensive on June 9th, 2009 6:33 pm

    Tanner Scheppers, RHP (St. Paul Saints)
    Is there any reason other than money he wasn’t a better pickat this slot?

    Most likely Baron is still on he board with the next pick.
    Scheppers obviously wouldn’t last. Why pass?

  7. SeasonTix on June 9th, 2009 6:34 pm

    So does this mean that Franklin might be an expensive to sign guy?

  8. pensive on June 9th, 2009 6:45 pm

    “Dave laid it out here. It’s a little complicated, but it looks to describe exactly what Zduriencik & Co are doing.”

    Yes, but Franklin didn’t fall out of slot. Scheppers was available for Ms. Why not him?

  9. Typical Idiot Fan on June 9th, 2009 7:18 pm

    Easy answer; Scheppers is an injury risk and is asking way too much money. That the Rangers took him is a testament to the risks they’re willing to take at the expense of their owner’s money.

    Let’s put it this way, if you really thought the draft order would have been…

    2 – Ackley
    27 – Poythress
    33 – Franklin
    51 or 82 – Baron

    …then you don’t understand anything. First, there’s no guarantee the draft order still goes that way insofar as we may not still have had Franklin at 33 or Baron at 51. Second, by taking a guy like Poythress in the second round, he’s almost assured to be cheaper than he would have been at 27. I doubt highly that Franklin goes over or makes slot at 27. Baron sure as heck wont.

    The Mariners are being frugal but at the same time drafting smart.

  10. TheMsfan on June 9th, 2009 8:02 pm

    I saw Baron play against Coral in early february, and if you look at the box score, it says they stole 4 bases in 5 attempts. This is very misleading though. 1. The MIF were no where near correct position to get the kids out and 2. Coral springs has some damn good athletes.

    I was VERY impressed with what I saw though, If they can fix the timing, hes going to be a guy mariner fans like, a lot. And hes a good kid too, not that its a great reason to draft him, but it doesnt hurt.

  11. ajacobs3 on June 10th, 2009 6:04 am

    Dave, you have become a homer 🙂

    I don’t understand how you can like Franklin and Barron in the first/sandwich rounds.

    Franklin has a low ceiling and screams Willie Bloomquist version 2. No power, ok defense, not expected to hit for a high average. I would like him if he was in round 3-4.

    Barron as you have mentioned is more like a 2-3+ round guy.

    Just don’t understand the logic on wasting early round pick on guys that at best may be career bench players.

    M’s need starting pitching and they pass on Scheppers?

    I know you like Jack but his picks thus far are dissappointing.

  12. gwangung on June 10th, 2009 9:10 am

    M’s need starting pitching and they pass on Scheppers?

    By the same token, Ms need middle infielders. They got EXACTLY what they needed, passing up a pitcher who had a questionable medical history.

  13. ajacobs3 on June 10th, 2009 9:32 am

    So they select a middle infielder with Bloomquist as a comp. In round 1 I would rather see a higher ceiling player even if higher risk.

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