Mariners Draft Recap: Rounds 6-10

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Conner Hale – 3B – LSU – Round 9, Pick 275

The Mariners love college bats, and they selected another one in the 9th round in the form of Conner Hale out of LSU. The New Port Richie, FL product was a junior college transfer, and spent the last 2 seasons in Baton Rouge. Hale has never been previously drafted.

Hale starred with LSU this past season, hitting .343 with 17 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs and 56 RBI’s across 61 games. He made a name for himself last summer when he was named an All Star in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Hale led the Falmouth Commodores to the championship in 2014 after posting a .327 batting average with 12 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 38 RBI’s.

It is interesting that the Mariners drafted Conner Hale as a third baseman. The 22-year-old began the season as the Tigers’ first baseman before transitioning to the opposite side of the infield late in the season. Hale is another player who could ascend quickly through the Mariners’ system. He is considered to be a quality offensive prospect, and represents one of the more intriguing picks thus far for the M’s.

You can find Conner on Twitter @RICHHOMIEHALE20

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