Day 2 of the 2019 MLB Draft has kicked off, and we’ll have you covered on the eight picks the Mariners will make today.
The Mariners wrapped up a busy Day 1 with three picks, going with three college arms in Elon University RHP George Kirby, TCU LHP Brandon Williamson, and Arkansas RHP Isaiah Campbell. All three will likely sign for slot or underslot, so Seattle may get a bit more aggressive in a rich pool of prep and undergraduate players here on Day 2.
Today, the MLB Draft will cover rounds 3-10 and will resume tomorrow to finalize the remaining 30 rounds. With these eight rounds today, picks will go by pretty quickly, making it pretty hard to keep up. But we’re going to make that a little easier for you, the reader, with this post, which will be actively updated as the Mariners make each and every one of their selections today.
Round 3, Pick 97: Levi Stoudt, RHP, Lehigh University
Another pick, another college arm for the Seattle Mariners. This time it’s Levi Stoudt, a right-handed junior out of Lehigh. Aside from his 80-grade name, Stoudt has flashed a solid four-pitch repertoire that features a mid-90s fastball and a deceptive changeup.
In 11 appearances this year (63.2 innings pitched), Stoudt posted a 3.53 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 21 walks. Not great numbers considering the lack of competition in the Patriot League, but the focus is on Stoudt’s ability to use all four of his pitches effectively on a consistent basis.
It’s possible that Stoudt will wind up in the bullpen later on in his professional career, though his repertoire and the relatively above-average command will give him any and every chance to make it as a back-of-the-rotation starter. With four starting pitchers now under their belts through the first three rounds of the draft, it’ll be interesting to see where Jerry Dipoto and his crew turn their attention to moving forward. – Ty
Round 4, Pick 126: Tim Elliott, RHP, University of Georgia
The Mariners continued their clear strategy of drafting college pitchers by selecting Tim Elliott and right-handed pitcher from the University of Georgia. Elliott stands at 6’1, 180 lbs which lead some scouts to wonder if he can start at the pro level.
The one thing going for Elliott is his work ethic and baseball IQ, which led him to continually grow his game in his 3 years at UGA. He does have a starter repertoire including a low 90’s fastball and two average breaking balls and a changeup that could become above-average.
In 2019, Elliott put up a 2.93 ERA in 61 innings while striking out 60 batters and walking 21. Elliott has hit 95 a few times, so adding him into the bullpen could be the long-term plan. For now, they’ll continue to use him as a starter and see if they can get more out of him than his tools currently suggest. – Colby
Round 5, Pick 156: Austin Shenton, 3B, Florida International University
Finally, a position player! With their sixth selection of the draft, the Mariners finally addressed their infield by taking Florida International third baseman Austin Shenton. In 53 games for FIU this year, Shenton slashed .330/.425/.513 with seven home runs and 47 RBIs.
The Mariners had been close to Shenton for the first year of his collegiate career, where he played ball for Bellevue College. Teams had been impressed with Shenton after a strong performance in the Cape Cod League last summer, but a slow start due in part to a hamstring injury had tempered his stock going into the draft.
Shenton isn’t the most athletic prospect and may not be able to stick at third base, but he has the arm to at least afford him a chance at the position on a professional level. The bat is the biggest play here, however, as his sweet left-handed swing should translate nicely to the pros and take him far through Seattle’s organizational ranks. – Ty
Round 6, Pick 186: Michael Limoncelli, RHP, Horsehead HS (NY)
With their sixth-round pick, the Mariners selected their first prep player, snagging a prep arm with some good upside. The 6’2″, 180 lbs righty is currently rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery which caused his stock to slip.
When healthy, Limoncelli was 92-93 with his fastball. He flashed a plus curveball and feel for a changeup with average or better control as well. The Coastal Carolina commit will now hand over his rehab to the Mariners and their doctors.
There has to be hope that the team can add a tick or two his heater and refine his command when healthy which could help him reach his upside of a #4 starter. – Colby
Round 7, Pick 216: Adam Macko, LHP, Vauxhall HS (Alberta, Canada)
Thought to be one of the best Canadian prospects in this year’s draft, Adam Macko becomes the seventh pitcher selected through the first eight picks of Seattle’s draft this year. Macko is currently working with a three-pitch repertoire that features a fastball that currently sits in the high-80s but has grown some consistency in the low-90s over the spring.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Mariners are able to sign Macko, who currently has a commitment to pitch for Purdue next season. But given the fact that they took him in the seventh round should indicate some confidence in their ability to ink him to a deal.
If so, Macko is going to be an interesting project for Seattle. While he’s definitely not the kind of prep arm to have an ace-like ceiling, Macko’s toolset appears fairly advanced for an 18-year-old southpaw and his dominance at recent Perfect Game events back that up. If he can fill out a bit more and build some strength and more velocity into his game, the Mariners may have found something here in the latter half of Day 2. – Ty
Round 8, Pick 246: Ty Adcock, RHP, Elon University
The Mariners go back to Elon to snag their first pick’s teammate in right-handed pitcher Ty Adcock. Initially coming to Elon as a catcher, Adcock tried his hand at pitching in 2018 to little success, but stuck with it through this season and really turned heads with a significant uptick in velocity that saw him touch 97 on the radar gun.
Adcock kept hitting as well and served as a true two-way player for Elon this year, slashing .251/.335/.480 and leading the team in home runs and RBIs with 12 and 56, respectively. As fun as it would be, Adcock won’t be a two-way player at the next level and will solely focus on pitching, where some believe he could eventually reach 100+ mph on his fastball.
Of the haul of pitchers the Mariners have selected up to this point, Adcock is the first clear-cut reliever. Considering that he’s still new to pitching at a high level, don’t expect him to reach the Major Leagues as quickly as other highly-drafted relievers. But the velocity potential is exciting, and if he performs, he may have the best chance of reaching the Majors first out of Seattle’s entire class. – Ty
Round 9, Pick 276: Mike Salvatore, SS, Florida State University
After picking back-to-back prep arms, the Mariners were likely in need of some bonus pool savings with their final three picks of Day 2. That’s been the case so far, as Seattle has drafted two college seniors in a row. However, they aren’t sacrificing talent and production with either pick, especially here with Mike Salvatore.
In 60 games for the Seminoles this year, Salvatore slashed .341/.430/.549 with seven home runs and 50 RBIs. Before this season, he had been viewed as a glove-first prospect, but the bat greatly improved upon an underwhelming 2018 season and has suddenly become a legit tool for him. He generates a lot of contact and doesn’t strike out a lot.
Defensively, Salvatore has a real chance to be an average-or-better shortstop with solid fielding instincts and a good arm. That’ll keep him interesting, even if the bat doesn’t continue to trend upwards. It’s a good value for the M’s in the ninth round, who get just their second position player of this class thus far. – Ty
Round 10, Pick 306: Kyle Hill, RHP, Baylor University
The Mariners wrapped up the second day the MLB Draft by selecting college senior reliever Kyle Hill with their 8th selection of the day. Hill made 21 appearances for the Baylor Bears in 2019, posting 34 strikeouts to 9 walks in 27 innings pitched, without allowing a run, earned or otherwise, while on the mound. – Colby
9 of the 11 players selected by Seattle have been pitchers. The MLB Draft will continue tomorrow morning at 9 AM PDT with rounds 11-40. Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the day.