No. 50: Joe Rizzo, 3B

The Seattle Mariners selected third baseman Joe Rizzo with the No. 50 overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft. Rizzo is out of Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia. The details: HT: 5-10 WT: 215 POS: 3B B/T: L/R Listed often times at 5-foot-11, that is generous, but he’s strong and sturdy and has arm strength suggesting third base may work. Rizzo’s a bat-first pick, which means if he has to move to the outfield the bat will play there, too. Sound swing mechanics make Rizzo a polished prep bat…

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No. 11: Kyle Lewis, OF

The Seattle Mariners selected Mercer outfielder Kyle Lewis with the No. 11 pick in the MLB Draft Thursday. Lewis shot up draft boards early in the spring with some putting Top-8 grades on him. Here are the details on Lewis: HT: 6-4 WT: 210 POS: OF B/T: R/R ,Lewis is a right-handed bat with plus bat speed a power swing and above-average speed and defense. He throws well and fits nicely in a corner, but has a chance to stick in center. There’s some Mike Cameron in his setup and…

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2016 MLB Draft: M’s Buzz

What to expect from the Seattle Mariners in Thursday’s Draft. The 2016 MLB Draft begins Thursday with the first two rounds and continues Friday and Saturday through Round 40. The Seattle Mariners will select No. 11 and 50 on Day 1’s 77 total picks that includes all of Rounds 1 and 2, plus the Competitive Balance Round A in between, and Competitive Balance Round B, after Round 2. For the FULL Draft Order and Team Bonus Pools Click Here Draft Schedule Thursday: 4:00p PT (MLB Network) — Rounds 1, Competitive…

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MLB Draft: Prospects for No. 11

What kind of player might the Seattle Mariners end up with at No. 11? While I don’t do mock drafts — I’ll leave that to Keith Law, easily the best in the business at projecting players to picks and clubs — I do rather enjoy the process of making sense of the top 10 picks or so. Next month, the Seattle Mariners will select just outside the Top 10. First of all, it’s important to add context. In some drafts, the No. 11 pick is best used on a high-upside…

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MLB Draft Watch List: Pac-12’s Best

It’s January, yes, and baseball, as most know it, doesn’t start for two and a half months. Spring training doesn’t start for big-league club for another 3 1/2 weeks. But college baseball gets under way in less than a month, and here is what’s on my watch list for the first few months. First, be ware in case you are planning to join me on the trail — the weather will wash out games — sometimes they get banged a day or more in advance, others the games won’t officially…

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The Mariners and the draft

  Not long ago, I realized that Ken Griffey Jr. will likely be the first number-one overall draft pick to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The fact that a draft that’s been around for fifty years hasn’t produced a Hall of Famer with its number-one overall pick underscores the difficulty in reaching “the Hall” and the complexity of selecting and developing talent during the draft process. Sure, selecting players like Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez can transform a General Manager (GM) into an instant genius. However,…

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Mariners: rebuild or remodel?

The major league non-waiver trading deadline has passed and now, there’s time to reflect on the moves made by both buyers and sellers leading up to Friday’s 4 pm ET deadline. In Seattle – much to the chagrin of their fans – the under-performing Mariners are on track to miss the postseason for the fourteenth consecutive season. That’s why going into this week, Seattle was poised to be a seller with several veterans – Austin Jackson, Hisashi Iwakuma, Mark Trumbo, Fernando Rodney, Tom Wilhelmsen, Mark Lowe, Joe Beimel, J.A. Happ,…

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Scouting Ian Oxnevad

Four years ago I trailed a lanky southpaw from Shorewood High School (Wash.) most of that spring. He was filthy, including a fastball up to 96 mph and a put-away curveball. Today, Blake Snell is property of the Tampa Bay Rays, and he owns a 49-inning scoreless streak as he dominates the Double-A Southern League. He was the No. 52 pick in the 2011 Draft. One full high school class later and Shorewood head coach Wyatt Tonkin has another left-handed ace in Ian Oxnevad. Oxnevad threw 119 pitches Saturday in…

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