Seattle Mariners Mock Draft: Here's who Sodo Mojo Predicts M's will take in Round One
This year the Seattle Mariners have a very unique situation in the MLB Amateur Draft. They hold three of the top 30 selections; 22, 29, and 30 overall. With those three picks they have the chance to add multiple high level prospects to their farm system. With those three picks they could swing for the fences and go for high upside players who might have a high bust potential, or go for a player who they believe has a higher floor but a lower ceiling.
It will be interesting to see what the Mariners do this year in the July draft, but here is our SoDo Mojo Mock Draft 1.0 put together by myself, Curtis Christianson, along with our site experts Chris O'Day and Trevor Pedro
Pick #1 - Pittsburgh Pirates - Dylan Crews - OF, LSU
Pick #2 - Washington Nationals - Wyatt Langford - OF, Florida
Pick #3 - Detroit Tigers - Walker Jenkins - OF, South Brunswick HS (NC)
Pick #4 - Texas Rangers - Paul Skenes - RHP, LSU
Pick #5 - Minnesota Twins - Max Clark - OF, Franklin Community (IN)
Pick #6 - Oakland A's - Chase Dollander - RHP, Tennessee
Pick #7 - Cincinnati Reds - Hurston Waldrep - RHP, Florida
Pick #8 - Kansas City Royals - Arjun Nimmala - SS, Strawberry Crest HS (FL)
Pick #9 - Colorado Rockies - Bryce Eldridge - 1B/RHP James Madison HS (VA)
Pick #10 - Miami Marlins - Jacob Wilson - SS, Grand Canyon University
Pick #11 - Los Angeles Angels - Jacob Gonzalez - SS, Ole Miss
Pick #12 - Arizona Diamondbacks - Kyle Teel - C, University of Virginia
Pick #13 - Chicago Cubs - Rhett Lowder - RHP, Wake Forest
Pick #14 - Boston Red Sox - Kevin McGonigle - SS, Monsignor Bonner HS (PA)
Pick #15 - Chicago White Sox - Colin Houck - SS, Parkview HS (GA)
Pick #16 - San Francisco Giants - Aidan Miller - 3B, JW Mitchell, (FL)
Pick #17 - Baltimore Orioles - Noble Meyer - RHP, Jesuit HS (OR)
Pick #18 - Milwaukee Brewers - Hunter Owen - LHP, Vanderbilt
Pick #19 - Tampa Bay Rays - Brock Wilken - 3B, Wake Forest
Pick #20 - Toronto Blue Jays - Matt Shaw - SS, Maryland
Pick #21 - St. Louis Cardinals - Enrique Bradfield Jr. - OF, Vanderbilt
Pick #22 - Seattle Mariners - Tommy Troy - Infielder, Stanford
Tommy Troy is an infielder from Stanford who can play second base, third base, shortstop, and a little outfield. This season he has played a lot of third base for the Cardinal but MLB Pipeline notes that, "most teams see him as a future solid second-base type, with enough speed to perhaps play center field". He can play a lot of the positions that Dylan Moore can, and his defensive profile reminds me of Moore.
Troy is like MLB Pipeline suggested, a second baseman. He is 5-foot-10 and weighs about 200 pounds. He could be a solid option for the Mariners in a few years at second base since he is already 21 years old and will be 22 in January. The real value when it comes to Troy is hit hitting ability.
Joe Doyle of Future Stars Series said, "Troy has a shot at hitting .280 at the next level with impact and thunder in the bat. He's an above average runner who gets to balls on the dirt and makes plays, though his average arm and shorter, choppier steps should send him to second base as a pro where he projects to be an average defender. The profile here is a bat-first infielder with power as the calling card. The whole thing could look something akin to Bret Boone when all is said and done."
If the Stanford infielder can turn out to be similar to Bret Boone, I think that is an outcome that would satisfy many Mariners fans. The Mariners could benefit from adding another college hitter to their farm system in the draft.
Pick #23 - Cleveland Guardians - Jack Hurley - OF, Virginia Tech
Pick #24 - Atlanta Braves - Cooper Pratt - SS, Magnolia Heights HS (MS)
Pick #25 - San Diego Padres - Colton Ledbetter - OF, Missisippi State
Pick #26 - New York Yankees - Brayden Taylor - 3B, TCU
Pick #27 - Philadelphia Phillies - Ethan McElvain - LHP, Nolensville HS (TN)
Pick #28 - Houston Astros - Cade Kuehler - RHP, Campbell University
Pick #29 - Seattle Mariners - Juaron Watts-Brown - RHP, Oklahoma State
The Mariners have a handful of picks in the first round, and I feel like they are going to try and continue to build up their higher end pitching prospect depth. We’ve seen a handful of them graduate over the last couple of seasons, so replacing them with someone who could be ready in a couple of years seems like a smart move.
With Watts-Brown, they get a high K/High BB pitcher with electric stuff. I’ll start with the negative, as he has struggled with control/command so far in college, especially in 2023. Through May 8th, he has thrown 63.1 IP while walking 37 hitters. That’s an awful rate, and a big part of the reason his ERA is up at 3.98. Allowing that many free passes never works out (5.3/9), and his 45/37 H/BB ratio is great and awful at the same time.
The strikeouts play though. He has set down 93 hitters so far via the K, good for a rate of 13.2. He does it with a combination of a plus slider, an above average curveball, and a strong heater that could get even better. It’s the slider that takes the cake as his best pitch, sitting mid-80s with true MLB potential. If he can find the zone on a more consistent basis, look for Watts-Brown to join the list of recent draftees knocking on the MLB door to don a Mariners uniform.
Pick #30 - Seattle Mariners - Cole Carigg - C/SS/OF, San Diego State
Carrigg has played every position on the diamond during his collegiate career at San Diego State University. However, this season we’ve seen him bounce between catcher and center field. Scouts rave about his mental makeup along with his seasoned approach at the plate. Offensively, the switch-hitter sprays the ball from line to line, using his plus speed to pick up extra bases.
He’d more than likely fly through the system because he already displays a keen eye and the ability to Dominate the Zone (.414 OBP). If we are looking for comps, I’d say he is similar to last year’s first round draft pick, Cole Young. However, he’d probably project as a center fielder or second baseman in the pros with the ability to float around the diamond.