Pick 59- Nick Quintana 3B, Arizona
So this is where the Mariners could get tricky with their bonus pool money. Seattle could take a prep stud here, using their extra bonus pool money to lure him away from college. A local name to keep an eye on is Carter Young, a young shortstop from Selah High School in Washington State.
Young is committed to Vanderbilt, so it may take some serious cash to get him to the system, but is exactly the type of player that would make sense for Seattle. The team has already done this once when they selected Sam Carlson and paid him first round money to sign.
But back to our draft. In this particular mock, I am going to play things safe and just take the 4 best players I believe may be available at their given picks. Nick Quintana, who currently handles shortstop for the Arizona Wildcats, is a prospect with helium.
At 6’0″, 190 lbs, Quintana has shown a good power swing, but it is the overall hit tool that has him shooting up draft boards. In the PAC-12, Quintana has posted a career .302/.411/.519 slash line. Quintana lacks the quickness to play up the middle but has the arm and bat to profile as a solid everyday third baseman.
2019 has been a bit of a step back for him after knocking 14 homers in 2018, but the overall toolset is still nice. The bat will carry him through the minors and his solid, all-around toolset makes him an intriguing name to watch in June.