Every First Round pick in the History of the Seattle Mariners

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Jack Zduriencik - Mariners GM 2009-2015

Player

Year

Pick

Years w/ M's

WAR

Dustin Ackley (2B/OF)

2009

2nd

5

7.7

Nick Franklin (SS)

2009

27th

2

2.1

Steven Baron (C)

2009

33rd

1

-0.3

Taijuan Walker (RHP)

2010

43rd

5

2.9

Danny Hultzen (LHP)

2011

2nd

0

0

Mike Zunino (C)

2012

3rd

6

7.1

DJ Peterson (3B)

2013

12th

0

0

Alex Jackson (OF)

2014

6th

0

0

I think a lot of people forget that Ackley was actually decent. Yeah, he fell off after a couple of years instead of building on it, which I know is what we were all hoping would happen, but he still had a decent little run. Shoot, at 7.7 WAR, he's actually T-4th for the most WAR produced as a first-rounder while on the Mariners.

Right behind him is Mike Zunino, who had to have been the closest to figuring out an MVP level of play that I can remember. When he came back after being called down, he finished the last 100 Games of the 2017 season with a slash line of .270/.349/.571 with 25 HR and 20 2B. Those numbers for a full season? Oh buddy, that would be nice. Instead, he forgot how to hit, went to Tampa, and became an All-Star. Yay.

Walker was pretty good, and they used him to get Haniger and Jean Segura, who they used to get Crawford. So, even though there is hardly any WAR there, thats a good pick too.

Hultzen had big-time injury problems. Actually made it up in 2019 with the Cubs and threw 3.1 scoreless innings, and hasn't thrown since. Peterson is still playing, currently in AA looking to break into the bigs for the first time. Jackson has been in the bigs off and on since 2019 with the Braves and Brewers.

Ackley at 2nd and Zunino at 3rd still isn't good enough though, especially with all those zeros outside of them. C- for Jack Z.

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