Pick 79: Hudson Haskin, OF Tulane
Hudson Haskin is kind of the opposite of Soulaire. He’s a natural outfielder with plus speed and the goods to stick in centerfield. But Haskin doesn’t have the hit tool that Soulaire does. When he keeps his swing short, he can barrel the ball up with consistency.
When the swing is right, it generates good loft and he has average raw power. He understands the strike zone but is ultra-aggressive so he doesn’t draw a lot of walks. There is a solid offensive profile in Haskin, but he is far from a safe bet.
Defensively, Haskin should be a well-above-average defensively. He gets great jumps and takes really good routes. He has good instincts, which show up on defense and the base paths. He is an above-average base stealer but needs to be more aggressive on the basepaths.
Haskin went to the same high school as Houston Astros outfielder George Springer and should be the next major leaguer from that school. Haskin was ready to take a jump this season but was unable to do so thanks to the college season cancellation.
We still don’t know how long the draft will actually be, but landing these 4 players would be a great start for this draft. Lacy would likely come up in the Top 3 in the Mariners farm system. McMahon, Soulaire, and Haskin would rank inside the top 20.
We will be doing a handful of these mock drafts between now and draft day, but with less information to work with, we can’t do much more than make educated guesses. The Mariners will have a firmer idea of what they want to do on draft day as we get closer to it, whenever that is. But this is a solid draft class thus far, and hopefully will be in July.