This year’s MLB Draft will be different, but we can still start to prep ourselves for that day in… July? Today, we attempt our first Seattle Mariners mock draft.
While we wait for MLB to decide how many college and prep players they’ll screw out of money and opportunity, we do know there will be a draft this year and it will be at least 5 rounds. The Mariners will have 6 picks in those 5 rounds, and 4 of those picks will be inside the Top 78 and 5 in the Top 108.
Today, we will be working on a 3 round mock draft. This means we will be drafting at picks 6, 43, 65, and 79. There are no trades, so there aren’t very many rules. We will try to make things as realistic as possible, but there are so many unknown factors that we could be made to look a fool in 2 months’ time. With all that in mind, let’s get started.
Pick 6: Asa Lacy, LHP Texas A&M
Emerson Hancock would be the dream and it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that they could land him at 6. College bats like Nick Gonzalez and Spencer Torkelson could also make sense if they are at pick 6. But I’m going to assume they are all off the board right now, along with Austin Martin. So the next highest-ranked player on my board is Texas A&M lefty, Asa Lacy.
Lacy won’t turn 21-years-old until June, but he has an advanced arsenal that has gotten better since joining the Aggies. Lacy’s fastball hit 97 MPH early this season but sat 92-93 last summer and early this spring. His 6’4″ frame and long-arms help create a good downhill plane, helping the pitch play up.
Lacy backs up his heater with two good breaking balls. The slider is hard and tight but needs some work to be a more consistent offering. The curveball is the better of the two offerings and has a chance to be a plus offering. His best off-speed offering is his changeup. It shows great fade and sinks and Lacy throws it with terrific arm-speed. It is well above-average pitch now and could be another plus offering.
Lacy needs to improve his control and command and there is a little effort in his delivery and some inconsistency to his 3/4 arm slot release. His stuff and command are currently good enough to be a #4 starter and he has the upside to be a legitimate #2. Not bad for the Mariners first-round pick.