It’s Draft Day! The Seattle Mariners will be on the clock with the 14th pick in mear hours, and who they’ll take is still up in the air. But why focus on just 1 pick in the draft? So many of the top prospects in this system will come in rounds 1-10?
So today, on one of the most underrated days in the sports calendar, we present to you our 10 round, MLB Mock Draft for your Seattle Mariners. Remember, Seattle has picks 14, 54, 90, 118, 148, 178, 208, 238, 268, 298.
In the first round, the Mariners are largely thought to be focusing on 4 pitchers and 1 college bat. The pitchers are Jackson Kowar, Ryan Rolison, Logan Gilbert, and Shane McClanahan. The bat belongs to Oregon State outfielder Trevor Larnach.
We have learned of a sleeper name to watch on Monday, but we will talk about him shortly. We have discussed all the names above, and you can read our reports by clicking on their name.
To be honest, none of these names excite me, but all are solid prospects worthy of consideration at pick 14. Personally, I would take McClanahan. He has perhaps the lowest floor of the quartet but easily has the highest upside.
However, the Mariners are known to downplay risk, so I believe they will go with the safest bet. So with the 14th pick of the 2018 MLB Draft, the Seattle Mariners select:
Kowar is actually the very first prospect we profiled for the 2018 draft. The number 2 pitcher in a loaded Florida rotation, Kowar quickly caught my eye with some dominating moments in the 2017 College World Series.
Kowar has 2 plus pitches in his arsenal, and an above-average curveball with upside as well. The 6’5″, 180 lbs righty still has room to add muscle and has already flashed a 98 MPH heater at times. His changeup is a legitimate off-speed pitch.
Kowar is a strike thrower with a solid delivery that he repeats well. He has a high floor as a #5 starter and could find his way to a low end 2 if the curveball becomes plus like the changeup.