M’s Pick RHP Ryne Stanek at #99

Jay Yencich · June 8, 2010 at 10:11 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Great, great pick for the time. Top-rated player out of Kansas as a prep right-hander, and as I said, I trust our Midwest scouting more than just about anyone else’s. We’ll have to buy him out of an Arkansas commitment, but it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve done that, as I think we did that with Nate Adcock a few years back.

If you liked the Walker pick, you’ll love Stanek. It’s the same basic profile, 6’4 already, approaching 180 lbs, throws across his body a bit, and sits in the low-90s while touching 96 now and then. The difference is that Stanek’s mechanics are clean and developed, as you’d expect from a lifelong pitcher, and his curveball as a result is deep and consistent.

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7 Responses to “M’s Pick RHP Ryne Stanek at #99”

  1. Pete Livengood on June 8th, 2010 10:27 am

    Listening to the MLB.com talking heads, it appears that the M’s were a bit ahead of what they expected to be a run on RHP, after a bit of a run on catchers that the M’s passed on to beat the crowd for the RHPs. Not a bad way to go….

  2. Jay Yencich on June 8th, 2010 10:28 am

    There aren’t many good catchers left on the board. The depth on that position was pretty bad, almost as bad as prep left-handers.

  3. Pete Livengood on June 8th, 2010 10:35 am

    LHP out of BC, James Paxton, with the 132nd pick…

    A no sign kid last year, who has had some injury problems in HS.

  4. Pete Livengood on June 8th, 2010 10:37 am

    Yeah, Jay – if the run depletes the pool of anybody you really like, it makes a ton of sense to me to change directions, rather than follow the pack.

  5. Pete Livengood on June 8th, 2010 10:41 am

    Here’s Paxton’s bio page at UK. He was a supplemental 1st round pick last year, who elected to return to school, and wwas UK’s Friday Night Starter.

  6. Pete Livengood on June 8th, 2010 10:46 am

    And, courtesy Larry Stone:

    “Interesting fourth-round choice by the Mariners: LHP James Paxton. He was a supplemental round pick last year out of the University of Kentucky by Toronto, but didn’t sign. Instead of returning for his senior year, he had a dispute with the NCAA and joined the independent league Grand Prairie Air Hogs.”

  7. joser on June 8th, 2010 11:38 am

    Air Hogs?

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