Today is Day Two of the 2019 MLB Draft. Rounds 3-10 aren’t on TV anymore, but you can follow along for free on MLB.com. The Mariners have the 19th pick in every round, starting with their last Top 100 pick at pick 97.
Yesterday, the Mariners went all college pitcher all the time, starting with Elon’s George Kirby, then TCU’s Brandon Williamson, and finally Isaiah Campbell from Arkansas. We have short early scouting reports for each of the three (click their names for the link to each), as well as a general overview of some takeaways from Draft Day One. If you’re curious about some of the prep talent still available, we have some of our favorites broken out here as well.
We’ll update this page with the picks as they come in, and provide brief scouting reports either here or in a separate article. Welcome, new Mariners!
Update, 10:33 AM: With their third-round pick, the Mariners select RHP Levi Stoudt from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA). We know...nothing about Levi Stoudt off the top of our heads, except that he’s a 6’1 righty with a low-90s fastball and solid changeup who performed well on the Cape this summer but had a somewhat up-and-down season. And according to his bio at Lehigh, his favorite color is pink, and his nickname is “Strauss.”
Here is the full blurb:
Update, 11:12 AM: With their fourth-round pick, the Mariners select RHP Tim Elliott from Georgia. Has someone told the Mariners they can pick someone other than a college pitcher?
Here’s what Ben wrote about Elliott in the SEC draft preview:
“RHP Tim Elliott is a midweek starter for the Bulldogs, but he’s been effective, with a four-pitch mix including a low-90s fastball, a curveball, a slider, and a new-and-improved changeup.”
Update, 11:54 AM: With their fifth-round pick, the Mariners select 3B Austin Shenton from Florida International. A position player! Hooray! Shenton is a local kid as well, from Bellingham. He’s 6’0, 200, and has a backstory that’s worth learning about. He’s also a vegetarian! And a karaoke singer! And an aspiring photographer! This Renaissance man also slugged .518 this year for FIU with 7 HRs and a solid K-BB ratio.
Update, 12:48 PM: With their sixth-round pick, the Mariners select RHP Michael Limoncelli out of Horseheads HS (NY). After dipping their toes into the position player market, the M’s are feelin themselves, going big with a swing for a very well-regarded 6’2, 185 hurler in Limoncelli, working 93-94 at his best and a curveball-changeup combo to back it up. The curve in particular has strong spin and a lot of intrigue, but there’s a catch. Limoncelli was a TJ sufferer this spring after his velo came out of the gate down to 89-92. If the Mariners can sign him (and Seattle has yet to fail to sign a player in the first 10 rounds since Dipoto took over) they’ll need to take over and conclude Limoncelli’s TJ rehab, but he should be ready to go at the start of 2020.
Update, 1:30 PM: In the seventh round the Mariners go back to the prep ranks again, this time hopping across the border to select LHP Adam Macko. Actually, they’re hopping all the way to Slovakia, technically, because that’s where Macko was born, before moving to Ireland, and then eventually settling in Canada. Macko is a very slight lefty who throws in the high 80s with a solid curveball; he’s committed to Purdue, but the Mariners must feel they can buy him out of his commitment and spend time developing the lefty, who taught himself to pitch by studying YouTube videos of David Price and Justin Verlander.
Update, 2:09 PM: Did someone say the Elon-to-Seattle pipeline? In the eighth round the Mariners select RHP Ty Adcock. Adcock’s fastball sits 93-97 with life, and some scouts think he can hit triple digits. He also has a plus slider, giving him the profile of a fast-moving bullpen arm. In a way, this is oddly reminiscent of last draft, when the Mariners went first round/later round with a pair of pitchers out of a different small school, Stetson, in starter Logan Gilbert and reliever Ben Onyshko. Adcock is also a two-way player who leads the team in saves, HRs, and RBIs, although his days with the bat are probably behind him.
Updated, 2:50 PM: An infielder! In the ninth round, the Mariners take just their second position player of the draft with FSU SS Mike Salvatore. Salvatore is a pop-up prospect akin to the kinds of guys the Mariners took heavily last draft, who unlocked some power in his bat this season. He’s a senior sign, so should be some savings for the prep arms taken in the sixth and seventh.
Updated, 3:32 PM: With their last pick of the day, the Mariners select Baylor’s closer, RHP Kyle Hill, in the tenth round. Here’s what Ben wrote about Hill in the Big 10 draft preview:
“On the pitching side, the Bears have leaned heavily on what’s been a lights-out bullpen in 2019, led by closer Kyle Hill. A 5’10” right-hander, Hill posted walk rates north of 5.0 BB/9 in each of his first three collegiate seasons before cutting that number to just 3.0 BB/9 this season. The increased control has paid dividends, as he’s yet to allow an earned run through 27.1 innings this season and is sporting a 0.70 WHIP. The Mariners have made a habit of getting production out of undersized relievers during the Dipoto era, so Hill very much could make sense as a later round pick.”