Seattle Mariners 3 Round Mock Draft 1.0

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 11: Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto watches batting practice before a game between the Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 11, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The Rangers won the game 2-1 in eleven innings. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 11: Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto watches batting practice before a game between the Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 11, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The Rangers won the game 2-1 in eleven innings. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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With the 55th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Seattle Mariners select Austin Becker, RHP Big Walnut High School

SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 15: A general view of Safeco Field as Felix Hernandez
SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 15: A general view of Safeco Field as Felix Hernandez /

Similar to last year, the Mariners are going hunting for big-time prospects, and Austin Becker is just that. He has a strong commitment to Vanderbilt, so Seattle will likely have to offer an above-slot deal to pry him away from Nashville.

Becker stands at 6’6″ as an 18-year-old, has a plus fastball that can hit 96 mph with movement. Like a lot of long levered high-schoolers, Becker can fall out of his mechanics, and it takes his toll on his velo. When he is right, Becker flashes a plus curveball, to go along with a decent changeup.

Becker has room to grow as he adds muscle to his wiry 185 lbs frame. He throws strikes but doesn’t have the great command he will need to be a successful big league starter. Thankfully, Becker will get plenty of time to refine his game and has #2 starter upside if everything clicks.

The Mariners could go college arm in Round 1 if the right one is available. There are better prep bats available in this range than arms, but Becker gets the nod in this particular mock.

Scouting Grades (20-80)- Fastball: 60 Curveball: 55 Changeup: 50 Control: 55 Command: 50 Overall: 50

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