After selecting Mercer outfielder Kyle Lewis at No. 11 overall — analysis here — and prep infielder Joe Rizzo at No. 50 — analysis here — the Seattle Mariners called the names of eight more players Friday.
The overall breakdown looks like this (round 1-10):
High School: 1
Position Players: 6
Here’s the Day 2 Breakdown:
Round 3: Bryson Brigman, SS — San Diego
Brigman, who will not turn 21 for another nine days, is a sound player who profiles defensively at second base with a chance to hit for average thanks to a solid line-drive swing. There’s no lead tool here, but if you’ve seen M’s minor leaguer Tim Lopes play (he’s currently enjoying a nice season in Double-A Jackson), I see a lot of similarities. Brigman, though, is stronger as he enters pro ball — Lopes was a high school draftee — and projects a little better offensively. He’s an above-average runner, but not plus, and there’s not likely to be much power. Brigman is listed at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, but looks much sturdier.
Round 4: Thomas Burrows, LHP — Alabama
Burrows is a two-pitch college closer who throws from a low three-quarter slot. There’s deception with the front shoulder, and he on the fastballcreates tail and sink. He’s up to 95 mph and his swing-and-miss pitch is a slider in the 80-84 mph range, sweeping it away from lefties in the lower edge of that velocity range and cutting in off the corner or in on righties effectively. Burrows could move quickly thanks to two above-average offerings and what appears to be a pure reliever role in pro ball.
Round 5: Donnie Walton, SS — Oklahoma State
Walton, a senior sign, is a switch hitter with good instincts and the hands and footwork that may allow him a chance to stick at shortstop. He put up good offensive numbers this season thanks to an improved ability to use more of the field and a better two-strike swing. There’s no power in the bat, but he runs well and could be a candidate to move to second base or even center field to give him a shot as a utility option.
Round 6: Brandon Miller, RHP — Millersville
An area scout noted Miller as one of those off-the-radar types that finds his way into the majors with a grind-em-out approach and a lot of pitchability. He sits in 88-91 mph range with a sinking fastball, and it’s that sink that sets up everything else. He offers a slow curveball in the 70-74 mph range with some tilt, but his best secondary pitch is a slurve at 78-82 with some late bite. His changeup is underdeveloped at this stage, but he will need to command the fastball more consistently, as he’s been known to get a little tall at release and leave an 89 mph offering in the zone occasionally.
Miller has a few mechanical flaws the club may try and fix from the get-go, including a tendency to show his front side a bit early and an arm action that is less than ideal, albeit nothing necessarily in the red-flag category.
Round 7: Matt Festa, RHP — East Stroudsburg
Festa, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, doesn’t bring the size of the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Miller, but he’s more athletic. He’s also nearly two years older — Miller is 21 next week, Festa is 23.
Festa did post a 105-21 K/BB ratio this season, but as a senior in a Division II conference. He does carry a fastball up to 96 mph and his slider flashes average, so perhaps a relief role creates a path to the majors for the Staten Island native.
Round 8: Nick Zammarelli, 3B — Elon
Zammarelli is a left-handed stick with some intriguing tools, including the chance for above-average power thanks to good bat speed. His swing needs more consistency, however, as he tends to collapse his back side and swing over the top of pitches and he will chase out of the zone some.
The soon-to-be 22-year-old has playable arm strength but an unconventional throwing motion — remember Christian Yelich in high school? — that may mean the outfield is where he’ll land. He runs well enough and has shown good instincts, suggesting he could profile as a left fielder, even if it’s not of the everyday variety.
Round 9: Jason Goldstein, C — Illinois
Goldstein possesses below-average power and the hit tool is merely acceptable, but he is a sound defender with a strong arm and understanding of the catcher position. He’s a right-handed hitter who’s more line-drive oriented and the bat speed graded out in the fringe-average zip code.
Round 10: David Greer, 3B — Arizona State
Greer led the Pac-12 in total bases this season and pounded out 33 extra-base hits, including eight home runs. He shows good bat speed, but his swing is engineered to hit for average and reach the gaps more than soaring fly balls. He’s athletic, but isn’t quick enough laterally to play up the middle. His best spot may be third base, though his time there has returned mixed results. He has played outfield, too, but his barrel awareness is what got him drafted.
With more consistent loft, some of the doubles could turn into long balls. He works counts, takes a walk and plays with good energy, something M’s scouting director Tom McNamara loves. Greer could be a David Freese offensively if things go right, though the best bet is not the hot corner, but rather left field, despite below-average foot speed.
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