Mariners select Canadian outfielder Gareth Morgan with 74th pick

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The Mariners didn't select again until the last pick of last night's draft, thanks to Kendrys Morales (who may sign soon) and Robinson Cano, and they decided to go with another prep high school outfielder in Gareth Morgan from Blyth Academy in Ontario. We're already past the point of any unique information I can give you on players like this, so I'll pass along the summary of the pick from MLB.com.

Evaluating high schoolers from Canada can sometimes be a tricky exercise, but thanks to the showcase circuit and Morgan's travel to warmer climates with the Langley Blaze this spring, scouts have had the chance to see the top Canadian prep talent this year quite a bit. Strong and toolsy, Morgan's raw power is undeniable. He's put on shows in showcase batting practices in the past and has the ability to hit the ball out of any ballpark. But the jury is still out about his bat, with some questioning his ability to hit enough to tap into that power consistently. Morgan is a solid outfielder with a strong arm, giving him a good profile for right field. His power profiles well for that corner outfield spot, and the team that believes he'll hit enough will be the one to take him and try to sign him away from North Carolina State.

Power, power, power. So far, the M's are on a mission. Despite being named Gareth, Morgan hails from Ontario and not Wales or anywhere in the UK, and he isn't a pasty white guy. He's committed to North Carolina State, as the blurb points out, but he's expected to be signed away without too much of an issue.

The assigned slot bonus for Morgan is around $760,300. The draft continues on today, and there will be another open thread for you to discuss all the picks from players we know very little about.

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