Mariners 5 Round Mock Draft: The day-of final prediction

Sep 30, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto conducts an interview in the dugout before a game against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto conducts an interview in the dugout before a game against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pick 153, Seattle Mariners select  Lincoln Henzman, RP Louisville

The Mariners drafted Henzman just last season in the 31st round, and should have continued interest in the Louisville closer. Henzman has been sparkling out of the Cardinals bullpen this season, boasting a microscopic 1.30 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP.

Henzman gets outs with a hard sinking 92 mph fastball, backed up by a plus change-up. He also has an effective cutter, that has shown potential to be a solid above-average pitch in the near future. Though primarily a reliever in college, Henzman did make 5 starts in the Cape Cod League last summer, and some scouts think, given some time, he could be a starter in the big leagues.

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If the Mariners wish to keep him in the bullpen, Henzman could be ready for the big leagues in 2018. Although it might seem like a stretch to draft a pure reliever in the 5th round, the Mariners have already proven that this wouldn’t be an issue with the drafting of former Alabama closer, Thomas Burrows, in the 4th round last season.