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Open Game Thread: 6/5/19

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Draftless in Seattle

Houston Astros v Seattle Mariners Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, y’all. The MLB Draft has finally wrapped, with thirty rounds completed in short order today. A few of the notables taken today, by category:

Cool Mariners picks

  • 11th-round pick Carter Bins, a catcher from Fresno State, was projected to go in the first five rounds. Feels like a coup in the 11th and a nice addition to a still-thin position.
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand, the Mariners’ 34th-round selection, is a “JC, big-bodied third baseman with more hit than power, but a frame where he could have more power” according to prospect buff & uber-proximate friend John Trupin.
  • Utah Jones, which, I mean, c’mon!

Seattle connections:

  • Eli Wilson, a catcher from the University of Minnesota and the son of Mariners Hall of Famer Dan Wilson, was drafted by the Pirates in the 16th round. He’s also a Garfield HS alum.
  • Jonah Dipoto, son of Jerry, was drafted in the 35th round out of UCSD.
  • Cade Hunter is the son of Mariners scouting director Scott Hunter, yet it was the Rockies who pulled the trigger on him out of Lenape HS in New Jersey in the 35th round.
  • Will Simpson, 18th round by the Pirates, hails from Skyline HS (committed to Washington State).
  • Torin Montgomery, 35th round by the Marlins, comes from Lake Washington HS (committed to Boise State).
  • Owen Cobb, 37th round by the Padres, is a Garfield HS shortstop (committed to Stanford).

Awesome names:

  • Jackxarel Lebron (Blue Jays, 16th round)
  • Kona Quiggle (Tigers, 16th round)
  • Augue Sylk (Royals, 38th round)
  • A.J. Bumpass (Reds, 39th round)

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming, minus one Braden Bishop...

Lineups! Note the new-look outfield, with Mallex shifting over to left field, Haniger manning center, and Domingo Santana moving to right. Gotta say: this feels kind of like shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Game Notes

First Pitch: 7:10 PM

TV: Root Sports NW, MLB.tv

Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle