Finally, we wrap up this Q&A with a question from @EliSellers24:
Well, this is easy. The answer is no. Any of those six players would be a good selection by Seattle. Obviously, I have my preferences and the one I’d be least excited about would be Nick Gonzales. But he is arguably the best pure bat in this class, so how upset can you reasonably be.
But there is a question that naturally spins off of your question, so let’s answer it as well: what could Seattle do that would disappoint me”? Honestly, not a whole lot. Passing on Max Meyer for a Reid Detmers type without significant bonus savings would do.
Drafting Zac Veen or Mick Abel without saving bonus money to use elsewhere would also disappoint me. I don’t have anything against any of those three players. If Seattle selected them with a plan to use the bonus pool savings to acquire another first-round talent at 43, I could totally get into it.
But drafting a “safer” player at 6 and giving him full slot instead of swinging for one of the 6-8 real difference makers in the draft would annoy me. With the sixth pick, the Mariners have a chance to land a potential #1 starter or possible ace. Or they could land one of the 3 best bats in the class who all have multiple appearances in the All-Star game type of upside. To pass on that type of talent for a guy like Detmers, a probably #4 with an outside chance to be #2, is fine after pick 9. But in this draft, there are enough difference-makers for Seattle to land one. And to voluntarily walk away from that opportunity would be discouraging.
Well, that is going to do it for this draft Q&A. I hope you guys are as excited about the draft as I am. We should get confirmation on the date and format later this week, so stay tuned for more draft buzz as we approach a truly exciting day in the history of the Mariners.