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Mariners make 30 selections on day three of the First-Year player draft

Mariners select 40 players combined in three days of 2013 MLB First-Year Draft

Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara announced today that the club selected 40 players in the 2013 Major League Baseball's First-Year player draft, highlighted by their first pick, third baseman DJ Peterson, who was the 12th overall pick in the draft.

"Overall, we're very pleased with the athleticism, talent level and character of the players we drafted," McNamara said. "Our scouts did an excellent job traveling all over the country finding the top talent at both the high school and college levels. We look forward to getting many of these young men signed and in uniform."

The Mariners selected 16 pitchers, including 8 left-handers, 4 catchers, 14 infielders (3 1B, 4 3B, 7 SS), and 6 outfielders. Seattle selected 27 college players and 12 high school players (1 no school).

In all Seattle selected players from 15 states: Arizona, California (6), Florida (4), Georgia, Illinois (3), Massachusetts (2), Michigan, New Jersey (2), New Mexico, North Carolina (3), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (2), Texas (3), Utah (2), and Washington (5); 2 countries: United States, Canada (2).

The Mariners drafted 4 catchers, 14 infielders (3 1B, 4 3B, 7 SS), and 6 outfielders. Seattle selected third baseman DJ Peterson from the University of New Mexico (12th overall) with their first pick the 2013 draft. Of the 24 position players selected, 11 are left-handed hitters.

Seattle selected 16 pitchers in the draft, including 13 pitchers between the 4th and 27th rounds. The Mariners selected 8 right-handed pitchers and 8 left-handed pitchers. Right-handed pitcher Zack Littell (11th round) from Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, NC was the first high school pitcher selected by the Mariners, while right-handed pitcher Ryan Hortsman (4th round) from St. Johns University was the first college pitcher drafted by Seattle. In all, 14 of the 16 pitchers selected by Seattle were college pitchers.

The Mariners selected 27 college players in the draft, including 18 straight college players selected from the 14th through 31st rounds. At 17-year-old, Lachlan Fontaine (13th round) out of Sutherland Secondary School in North Vancouver, BC, Canada, was the youngest player the Mariners selected. Eight of the high school players selected by the Mariners in the draft were taken in the final nine rounds. 

With the 12th-round selection the Mariners drafted first baseman Justin Seager out of University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Seager, who is from Kannapolis, NC, is the younger brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. His younger brother, Corey, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player draft and is currently playing for Single-A Great Lakes in the Midwest League. Seager was Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference after batting .351 (79x225) with 46 runs scored, 22 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 40 RBI in 60 games during his junior season for the 49ers.

The Mariners selected Shortstop Taylor Snyder out of Salem Hills High School in Elk Ridge, UT, with their 34th pick and selected his brother third baseman JC Snyder out of Salt Lake Community College in 36th round. Taylor and JC are the sons of Mariners Double-A Jackson hitting coach and former Major League infielder, Cory Snyder. Taylor hit .432 (43x74) with 34 runs scored, 6 doubles, 11 home runs and 37 RBI in 21 games, while leading Salem Hills to a State Championship during his senior season. JC hit .284 (36x162) with 37 runs scored, 8 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs and 35 RBI in 54 games with the Bruins in 2013. Taylro and JC are the first brothers drafted in the same year and by the same team since Tim (1st) and Jeremy Beckham (17th) in 2008 by Tampa Bay.

The Mariners selected third baseman DJ Peterson in the first round of the draft, while his younger brother Dustin, a senior shortstop out Gilbert High School, was selected in the 2nd round by San Diego (50th overall). They are the first set of brothers to be drafted within the first two rounds in the same year since J.D. (Philadelphia) and Tim Drew (Cleveland) were both selected in the first round in 1997.

Seattle selected outfielder Austin Wilson (2nd round) and shortstop Lonnie Kauppila (16th round) teammates from the Stanford University. The Mariners also selected third baseman DJ Peterson (1st round) and left-handed pitcher William Mathis (25th round), both teammates at University of New Mexico. With the 33rd and 35th selections in the draft, Seattle drafted teammates Corey Ray (OF) and Marshawn Taylor (SS) out of Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, IL.

The Mariners selected 5 players with ties to Washington State in the 2013 June draft: LHP Tyler Olson from Gonzaga University (7th-round), shortstop Jordan Cowan (37th round) out of Kentlake High School, in Kent, WA, third baseman Michael Sexton (38th) from Rogers High School in Puyallup, WA, right-hand pitcher Sam Hellinger (39th round) out of West Seattle High School in Seattle, WA, and catcher Mike McCann (40th round) out of Columbia River High School in Vancouver, WA. Olson was name West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, after going 9-4 with a 2.48 (23 ER, 101.2 IP) in 16 games, 14 starts as a fifth-year senior with the Bulldogs. He graduated from University High School in Spokane, WA in June, 2008. Hellinger is the son of Mariners Director of Ticket Sales Bob Hellinger. Sam led West Seattle High School to second place finish in the 3A State Championship. Hellinger was a unanimous choice as Metro League MVP in 2013.

The Mariners selected 8 players (rounds 3-10) on Friday afternoon. Seattle had two picks in the draft on Thursday, highlighted by their first overall selection third baseman DJ Peterson (12th overall). Peterson was named Mountain West Co-Player of the Year with teammate Mitch Garver for the second straight season in 2013. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound infielder won the MW overall triple crown for the second year in a row, batting .408 (89x218) with 68 runs scored, 25 doubles, 4 triples, 18 home runs and 72 RBI in 55 starts during his junior season. Peterson currently ranks third in the nation in home runs, while ranking fourth average (.408) and in RBI (72). In Baseball America's annual Best Tools survey of the top 100 prospects entering the draft, Peterson was named as the best pure hitter and the second-best power hitter and strike-zone judgment amongst all college players. Peterson was rated as the 15th-best prospect heading into the 2013 draft.

Here is a look at the Mariners 40 selections in the 2013 draft:


RD     PLAYER                              POS         B-T        HT       WT        AGE       SCHOOL                                               HOMETOWN

1        DJ Peterson                       3B           R-R        6-1      205       21         University of New Mexico                Gilbert, AZ

2        Austin Wilson                   OF           R-R        6-5      245       21         Stanford                                               Los Angeles, CA

3        Tyler O'Neill                      OF           R-R        5-11    205       17         Garibaldi Secondary School             Maple Ridge, BC, Canada

4        Ryan Horstman                 LHP         L-L         6-1      185       21         St. Johns University                            South Hadley, MA

5        Jack Reinheimer               SS            R-R        6-1      175       20         East Carolina University                    Charlotte, NC

6        Corey Simpson                 C              R-R        6-2      210       19         Sweeny High School                          Sweeny, TX

7        Tyler Olson                        LHP         L-L         6-3      195       23         Gonzaga University                            Spokane, WA

8        Tyler Smith                        SS            R-R        6-0      195       22         Oregon State University                   Thousand Oaks, CA

9        Jacob Zokan                      LHP         R-L        6-1      195       22         College of Charleston                        Columbia, SC

10     Emilio Pagan                      RHP         R-R        6-3      205       22         Belmont Abbey College                    Simpsonville, SC

11     Zack Littell                         RHP         R-R        6-3      190       17         Eastern Alamance High School        Mebane, NC

12     Justin Seager                     1B           R-R        6-4      195       21         UNC, Charlotte                                    Kannapolis, NC

13     Lachlan Fontaine              3B           L-R        6-2      210       17         Sutherland Secondary School         North Vancouver, BC, Canada

14     Ian Miller                           OF           L-R        6-0      170       21         Wagner College                                 Dowingtown, PA

15     Eddie Campbell                LHP         L-L         6-0      195       21         Virginia Tech University                    Bridgewater, MA

16     Lonnie Kauppila               SS            R-R        6-0      175       21         Stanford University                            Burbank, CA

17     Paul Fry                              LHP         L-L         6-0      190       20         St. Clair Community College             Waterford, MI

18     Troy Scott                          RHP         R-R        6-3      200       19         Riverside Community College          Lake Elsinore, CA

19     Jeffrey Zimmerman         1B           L-L         6-3      220       21         Northern Illinois University              Tinley Park, IL

20     Daniel Torres                    C              R-R        6-0      185       21         Saint Leo University                           Safety Harbor, FL

21     Brett Thomas                    OF           L-R        6-1      190       21         Oregon                                                Poway, CA  

22     Thomas Burns                   RHP         R-R        6-1      180       19         Howard College                                  Fair Lawn, NJ

23     Kyle Petty                          C              R-R        6-5      215       22         California Univ. of Pennsylvania      Stewartsville, NJ

24     Kevin McCoy                     RHP         L-R        6-4      220       21         Kennesaw State University               Gainesville, FL

25     William Mathis                  LHP         L-L         6-3      180       22         University of New Mexico                Carlsbas, NM

26     Tyler Wright                      LHP         L-L         6-2      170       22         Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville         Houston, TX

27     Ricky Claudio                    RHP         L-R        6-3      230       22         St. Thomas University                        Hialeah, FL

28     Zach Shank                        SS            R-R        6-1      180       22         Marist College                                    Lititz, PA

29     Chantz Mack                     OF           L-L         5-10    205       22         University of Miami                           Homestead, FL

30     Rafael Pineda                    RHP         R-R        6-6      210       22         Texas A&M University                       Fort Worth, TX

31     Michaelangelo Guzman LHP          L-L         6-0      215       22                                                                       LaSelva, CA

32     Nate Maggio                      1B           L-R        6-4      225       18         Blessed Trinity High School              Roswell, GA

33     Corey Ray                          OF           L-L         5-11    185       18         Simeon Career Academy                  Chicago, IL

34     Taylor Snyder                   SS            R-R        6-2      160       18         Salem Hills High School                     Salem, UT

35     Marshawn Taylor             SS            L-R        5-8      160       17         Simeon Career Academy                  Chicago, IL

36     JC Snyder                           3B           R-R        6-2      175       20         Salt Lake Community College           Elk Ridge, UT

37     Jordan Cowan                   SS            L-R        6-0      160       18         Kentlake High School                        Kent, WA

38     Michael Sexton                3B           L-R        6-1      200       18         Rogers High School                            Puyallup, WA

39     Sam Hellinger                   RHP         R-R        6-1      175       18         West Seattle High School                 Seattle, WA

40     Mike McCann                   C              L-R        6-2      205       17         Columbia River High School             Vancouver, WA


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