Mariners Draft Kevin Cron, Carter Capps, And John Hicks

This is the last of these posts that we'll do, but with their third, fourth, and fifth picks in the draft, the Mariners have selected Kevin Cron, Carter Capps, and John Hicks.

Cron is the brother of C.J. Cron, selected yesterday by the hated Angels. Kevin's coming out of high school, where he set the Arizona record for career home runs. A catcher who presumably doesn't have a future as a catcher, Cron is right-handed, either 6'4 or 6'5 and somewhere between 230-250 pounds, and his main attribute, as you've probably deduced, is his power. His secondary attribute is being the cousin of Chad Moeller. Chad Moeller was really good in 2002. He's going to TCU if he doesn't sign.

Capps is a 6'6 righty out of Mt. Olive College, which is a college. Capps came to school as a catcher but converted to pitching, and now he reportedly features a fastball that's gotten up to 97 miles per hour. He's also said to be developing a slider to add to his fastball/changeup repertoire, and even though he's relatively new to the mound, it's easy to see how he could move quickly, especially if he's put in the bullpen. He made 20 appearances last season and started in 15 of them. As a fun fact, while he only walked 18 batters, he also hit 13 with pitches. Settle down, Carter Capps!

Finally, there's Hicks, who caught Danny Hultzen with Virginia. The 6'2 righty had the best offensive season of his collegiate career despite the change in bats, improving his discipline while maintaining his power. I don't know anything about his work behind the plate, but I thought Jeff Clement worked well behind the plate when he was selected, so it's probably for the best that I don't bother weighing in here. Hicks is a catcher. Yay, catchers.

So with their third, fourth, and fifth picks, the Mariners selected one catcher who won't catch, one catcher who doesn't catch, and one catcher who could catch. Expect them to use their sixth pick on a catcher who will catch, their seventh pick on a shortstop moving to catcher, and their eighth pick on a catcher who wants to keep catching, but whose mother insists he'd be safer at third.

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