Pick 107: Mariners select Jake Vogel, OF Hunnington Beach (CA)
Remember all that money we saved by going under-slot at picks 64 and 78? Part of that is going to Tucker to lure him away from Texas. The rest of it can go to Jake Vogel to keep him out of UCLA. Vogel is one of the fastest players in the class who saw marked improvement in both his hit and power tools after a good start to the 2020 season.
Vogel has a short, right-handed swing that allows him to barrel up the baseball regularly and has begun to show some real pop in games, with the possibility of more to come as he fills out his 5’11”, 165 lb frame. He uses his speed well on the bases and in the outfield, where his natural speed and strong arm make him an everyday centerfielder.
Vogel’s draft stock will likely hinge on whether or not a team believes he will either develop enough power to warrant an everyday job or if his hit tool will develop enough to use him as a prototypical leadoff man with sneaky power. If the Mariners believe either is true, Vogel may be worth the risk, especially if they have some money to spend.
More than likely, Seattle won’t go under-slot twice in the draft, nor would they go over-slot twice. But if they do, Vogel is an intriguing prospect who could make their decision difficult if he’s still around early in the fourth round.