We haven't provided much of anything in the way of draft coverage, and that's because the draft isn't our specialty, and those of you who're sufficiently interested can find good information elsewhere. It just isn't something that we considered necessary, and we're more interested in providing original material than repeating somebody else's scouting reports for the sake of grabbing traffic.
With that said, the draft kicks off tonight with the first round, and thepick second overall. It's their only pick of the day, but they're in a hell of a position, and it's impossible not to be excited. Less than three hours from now, the Mariners will only have a signed contract standing between themselves and a new organizational top prospect (Ackley is technically a prospect, but he's on the verge of not being a prospect anymore).
So who're they going to get? With reports circulating that thewill draft Gerrit Cole first overall, the most likely Mariner selection will be Anthony Rendon. They could opt for Bubba Starling, or Francisco Lindor, or even somebody else like Dylan Bundy or Trevor Bauer, but Rendon makes the most sense. Some people are claiming otherwise, and Rendon is by no means an absolute lock, but the Mariners are not going to tip their hand - they never do, about anything - so we're left trying to piece it all together with logic. And picking Rendon appears to be the most logical.
Given that Rendon was everybody's fantasy a year ago, nabbing him would be awesome. You'd be talking about a disciplined hitter with good power and the ability to play an excellent third base. The big question about Rendon, obviously, is his health, but the Mariners have read his reports, and if they take Rendon at #2, it's an indication that they're not too concerned about his shoulder. If it's true that all he has is a muscle strain, then Rendon's big drawback would be something that ordinarily sends a guy to the DL for a few weeks. That's not too bad of a drawback.
But again, the Mariners could go in a different direction. I'm not going to pretend that I can predict their behavior. It's well established by now that that's among the most foolish of errands. And no matter what the Mariners do, the most important thing is to not be too disappointed. The Mariners have been preparing for this draft for a calendar year. This draft has literally been a full-time job for a number of people, and there's no more important pick than their first. They're going to pick whoever they pick for a reason, or for several reasons, and they'll be doing so with the belief that the player they select has a good chance of becoming a star down the road. Even if you disagree with their selection, I think it would be a wee bit presumptuous to say they screwed up. The Mariners will make their pick with absolute or near-absolute confidence.
I don't know who the Mariners are going to pick, but I know that in a little while, they'll be picking an incredibly talented young player who's going to rocket to the top of their prospect list the minute he's signed to a contract. Be excited.