Mariners Analysis: M’s Former 1st Round Picks, Where are they Now?

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Jun 2, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (3) argues a checked swing call against the New York Yankees during the third inning at Safeco Field. Zunino was ejected from the game. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The tenure of Mariners’ general manager Jack Zduriencik has been a turbulent one. Zduriencik led the M’s to a record of 85-77 during his first season in the Emerald City, but has registered only 1 other winning season in his 7 years on the job. Seattle has lost at least 90 games on 3 separate occasions, and through 57 games in 2015, the current incarnation of the Mariners is one of the more disappointing groups in team history.

The Major League Baseball draft is set to start today at 3:00 pm PT. MLB Network will carry the draft live, and fans can watch online at

In honor of the event, SoDo Mojo will take a look back at the players Jack Zduriencik has drafted in the first round here in Seattle. Prior to taking over as the M’s GM, Zduriencik played a key role in shaping the Milwaukee Brewers’ roster. He was partly responsible for drafting All Stars Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart in Milwaukee. These player served as the nucleus of a Brewers club that made trips to the postseason in 2008 and 2011.

Jack Z’s track record drafting with the Mariners is shaky at best. He proved to have the golden touch in Milwaukee, but he has yet to draft a player in the first round with the Mariners who has appeared in an All Star game. We will begin the list with Dustin Ackley who was selected 2nd overall back in 2009.

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