Lewis Brinson

2nd Round Draft Preview

Earlier this week, I gave a look at what to expect from the Mariners in the first round of the draft. Here are some names to remember in the second round.

Seattle doesn’t have a first round compensation pick, so their second pick in the draft will be at 63rd overall. It is always tough to anticipate picks after the first round since you never know who will still be on the board, but here are a few guys to keep in mind.

If Seattle doesn’t take Zunino in the first round, you could see them select a backstop in the second round, and there are many to choose from. Miami catcher Pete O’Brien could be described as a poor man’s Mike Zunino. Like Zunino, O’Brien brings plus power and solid defensive abilities. He has also shown some nice consistency and could be a nice pickup in the second round. Buffalo backstop Tom Murphy will likely be on the board for Seattle as well. He has extreme power but his ability to tap into his power is unreliable.

It is unlikely that the Mariners will score on five-tool outfielder Byron Buxton in the first round, but they could certainly

get a similar skill set in the second round with players like Lewis Brinson or Anthony Alford. Both of these guys have been up and down the mock draft boards, but they could certainly be available at 63rd overall. Both are five-tool outfielders with tons of raw, yet unpolished, potential. Nearly all scouting reports on the 6’4” 170 pound Brinson will mention his similarity to Cameron Maybin. Alford possesses a stronger build, but he is also a stud on the football field and has stated that he plans to become a two sport athlete at Southern Miss which means it would be very risky to take him in an early round. Nick Williams is another raw five-tool guy to keep in mind. He was a top 20 talent early in the spring, but his stock has dropped quickly. He still has the talent that scouts thought was worthy of a first round pick, there are just more doubts than before. A high-risk high-reward guy like Williams could be a good guy to look at with a second round pick.

There are also lots of pitchers that will be available in the second round, but the one guy I will highlight is JC pitcher Chris Beck. Like Nick Williams, Beck has slipped down draft boards over the spring. Last fall, he displayed mid 90’s fastball with three solid off speeds. However, that velocity has not been evident this year causing doubt to cloud his perception. If the Mariners want to take the risk on Beck, they could get another dominant arm if he can find his 96 mph fastball again.

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  • maqman

    I’m expecting our guys to mine some talent in the later rounds, there’s always some there.

  • Harrison_Crow

    Joel, you and I are very much on the same wave length.
    Almora I see as unsignable, he’s got a dual sport scholarship so it’s widely believed he won’t sign. That and I’m not very big on physical ball players. Now Brinson is a guy that I absloutely LOVE LOVE. If he were to drop out of the sandwhich round I would love to see the Mariners pop him. 
    Chris Beck is a guy I could see the Mariners grabbing with their 3rd round sandwich pick and I’m all in favor of it. 
    A couple other guys of mention Tony Renda is a guy I’m hoping slips, Reid Scoggins is a junior college guy in Texas that has popped 100 a couple of times and could be a Cater Capps type. Edwin Diaz is also a guy that the Marienrs have seen a few times down in P.R. 
    Just a few other names to watch.

  • Coug1990

    I am curious how the new signing cap plays out.  Will more HS players go to college in the hopes of getting drafted higher to have a better payday?  Or will HS players sign knowing that the days of getting paid is not the same as it had been?
    Will teams blow their cap on just a few players?  Will they underdraft a player for cheaper signability in order to pay more to other draft choices?
    The possibilities go on and on.

  • ktstuart66

    david lyon lasted 21 innings with kent state for the win as a catcher…he can bat L&R handed and is an outstanding hitter. i can’t believe no one has noticed this athlete..