Ask any scout or front office member, and they'll tell you the Major League Baseball Draft is a beast. Teams spend months and sometimes years scouting all aspects of a player, from their on-field performance to upbringing. The 20-round event often includes surprises, mainly because teams are considering how to lure top prep and college undergrads away from their commitments and into their farm systems.
This year's draft was different, as the Mariners took three tremendously talented teens in the first round and focused on fourth- and fifth-year seniors with the rest of their picks. The strategy is simple. Save money in the bonus pool by drafting players without leverage, and then empty the safe to sign the first-rounders Colt Emerson, Jonny Farmelo, and Tai Peete. Even though there is less upside in the backend of the Mariners draft haul, there are still some intriguing players. Here's a peek at the three draftees who stood out most.