It’s the last day of the 2019 draft. The names come fast and furious today in rounds 11-40, and there are a lot of them, so we’ll be splitting them into three articles, ten rounds each.
Round 31: Jacob Meador, RHP, Centennial HS (TX)
The Mariners go back to the prep ranks with Jacob Meador (“Medder”) as it’s officially reach season. Meador is a Team USA grad committed to TCU who almost certainly will not make it to Seattle, but is fun to dream about nonetheless, with an explosive fastball and high-spin curveball. He is only 5’11” so you wonder how much bigger he’ll get, but most likely it will be the Horned Frogs coaching staff that’s in charge of figuring that out.
Jacob Meador taking care of the side 3 up 3 down Going into the Top of 3rd. pic.twitter.com/7S3oRT6yx9— CHS Spartan Baseball (@CHSSPARTANBASE1) May 10, 2019
Round 32: Jackson Tate, CF, Lawson State CC (AL)
Tate hit .328 and swiped 23 bags this year en route to being named All-Conference. He seems to have been mostly a football player before college, although there are possibly other Jackson Tates out there.
Round 33: Jarod Bayless, RHP, Dallas Baptist
A JUCO transfer, Bayless’s ERA has crept up slightly this year, even as his BAA has dropped to sub-.200. Bayless was better last year, when he struck out 71 in 52 innings (compared to 57 in 48 this year); the Mariners will attempt to get him back to form while helping trim down his walk rate.
KKKKK! Jarod Bayless strikes out the side in the fifth, giving him five on the night!— DBU Baseball (@DBU_Baseball) May 24, 2018
6-4 DBU Mid 5 pic.twitter.com/3yxxvpeSRc
Round 34: 3B Christian Encarnación-Stand, Yavapai College (AZ)
Christian Encarnación-Strand’s name was too long to even fit in the draft tracker and for that I salute him. This is the Mariners’ second selection out of the AZ JUCO ranks. CES offers big power (22 HRs!); he hit .402 this year and earned conference POY honors. Finding video of him is a little tough, but from what I’ve seen, there’s a lot to like here.
GAME 1 FINAL: Yavapai College 14, Paradise Valley 4. Christian Encarnacion-Strand with a 2-RBI single to end it. Roughriders now 19-10, 11-8 ACCAC. @AccacSports @njcaa @YavapaiBaseball #CourierSports pic.twitter.com/82tDu5NyEg— Brian M. Bergner Jr. (@TheEditorDesk) March 26, 2019
Lamorinda 18U’s Christian Encarnacion-Strand with a nice play at 3rd to get the runner trying to take 1st with a bunt attempt. pic.twitter.com/x0Zptwp1Nv— Five Tool West (@FiveToolWest) July 29, 2018
Round 35: Dominic Temez, C, Lady Bird Johnson HS (TX)
Tamez doesn’t have the name recognition of some of the other prep draftees, but he’s a showcase-experienced Arkansas commit who probably won’t make it to the Mariners. There’s a lot to like here anyway and keep in mind for the future:
Round 36: C.J. Mayhue, LHP, Crest HS (NC)
Mayhue is an East Carolina commit and will most likely be spending the next few years as a purple Pirate rather than a blue Mariner. He’s also still undersized, with growing left to do, but there’s lots to dream on here with a lively arm and plenty of movement on his pitches.
Round 37: Cole Barr, 2B, Indiana
As a draft-eligible sophomore, I skipped Barr in the Big 12 preview, opting instead to write up senior Matt Lloyd. Barr might still opt to return to school, as despite a lower average this year, he crushed the ball with a .578 slugging percentage, 14 2Bs and 17 HRs.
Round 38: Jackson Lancaster, CF, Itawumba JC (MS)
Lancaster led his team with hits this year (69) (nice) and also took the triple crown with a slash line of .369/.460/.572, as well as leading the team in stolen bases, with 17. Lancaster had signed with Missouri, but will likely forego that to begin his pro career instead.
Round 39: Jacob Hurtubise, CF, Army West Point
It’s not Noah Song, but the Mariners took their own swing at a player with a potential military commitment. Hurtubise broke Army’s single-season steals record with 42, and bested his own mark this year with 45. He also struck out just 26 times while walking 69 times for a bonkers OBP of .541, second only to first overall pick Adley Rutschman. It’s an incredibly interesting profile; let’s hope Hurtubise makes his way to the Mariners at some point.
Round 40: Perry McMichen, 2B, Wyoming HS (Ohio)
This is a courtesy pick; Perry is the son of Mariners scout John McMichen, and is more of a football player than a baseball player.
And that’s it! We’ll have more coverage over the next couple weeks as players sign, and those who are still in the NCAA tournament play on with their respective teams. Opening night for the AquaSox is June 21, and Everett is projected to have quite a rotation with all these college arms. And then before you know it...it’ll be time to start previewing the 2021 draft. Thanks to everyone who followed along with our coverage so far, and good luck to all the players who were drafted, as well as those yet to be signed.