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2022 Mariners MLB Draft Tracker

All the picks from the 2022 Draft for your Seattle Mariners

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Welcome to another year of LL’s Draft coverage! Here you’ll find a running list of all the Mariners’ 2022 Draft picks, along with links to our individual writeups of each player. Generally we do separate articles for each of the first four picks, as those are the ones who are easiest to source info on, and then start rolling together blurbs for the later round picks. We’ll also update this with signing info when the players start signing their professional contracts.

As a reminder, here’s a guide to when and how to watch/consume the 2022 MLB Draft.

Round One, #21 overall: SS Cole Young, North Allegheny High School (PA)

Slot value: $3,291,200

The full breakdown, courtesy of Kyle Gehler:

The pocket-sized scouting report: A potential five-tool player with the tools to stick at shortstop. Excellent barrel control and an ability to spray the ball everywhere. Raw power that doesn’t yet show up in games. No loud, standout tool as yet, but a broad set of skills that should translate to a solid big-leaguer, with a potential ceiling for more depending on development. Draws Anthony Volpe comps. Duke commit.

Round Two, #58 overall: 3B/1B Tyler Locklear, VCU

Slot value: $1,275,900

The full breakdown from Kyle:

The pocket-sized scouting report: Hello, did someone order some power? Because Locklear, VCU’s highest-ever draft pick, has that in spades. The 6’3” righty slugger recorded VCU’s highest-ever slugging percentage at .704, and is tied for the school’s single-season HR record with 37. He’s also received rave reviews from his coach at VCU, Shawn Stiffler, for his work ethic, which was described as “unbelievable.” Locklear is listed as a third baseman but will probably be a first baseman at the next level. There might be a Pete Alonso in here, but there also might be a Yonder Alonso.

There have also been some comparisons to former Mariners prospect Tyler Keenan, taken in 2020’s draft and traded to the Blue Jays for Ryan Borucki, although it’s worth pointing out that Locklear walks much more and strikes out much less, although against much less formidable competition.

Competitive Balance Round B, #74 overall: RHP Walter Ford, Pace HS (FL)

Slot value: $887,000

The full report from Kyle:

The pocket-sized scouting report: Ford reclassified to be one of the youngest players (actually, the youngest!) in this draft, as he’s just 17. The 6’3” righty currently sits 93 on his fastball, but can get up to 96-97 at top speed. His strongest secondary pitch is a whiff-getting slider. He’s also working on developing a changeup, but that’s the furthest pitch away in his arsenal. He’s also a bit of a metrics darling:

Model clubs! That’s us! He’s got a sense of humor, too; his Twitter handle is @vanilla_missile.

Round Three: No pick for the Mariners here because of the Robbie Ray signing. Meanwhile, the Angels took pitching Twitter sensation Ben Joyce from Tennessee, who hit 105 MPH in relief. Boo.

Round Four, #126: RHP Ashton “AJ” Izzi, Oswego East HS (IL)

Slot value: $474,700

The full report from Kate:

Pocket-sized scouting report: Another high school arm! Surprising! Izzi is committed to Wichita State, but you have to assume the Mariners think he’s signable if they’re picking him here. FB: 91-93 mph, downward angle into the zone. Izzi’s fastball sits 91-93 MPH but has ticked up to 97, and he pairs that with a solid slider (80-84) that tunnels well with his fastball and features tight spin. He’s also shown some feel for a changeup with some late fade.

Round Five, #156: LHP Reid VanScoter, Coastal Carolina

Slot value: $353,700

VanScoter began his college career close to home (Livonia, NY) at Binghamton College, where he missed his first sophomore year in 2019 with what turned out to be a well-timed TJ surgery, as he also sat out the pandemic year of 2020. At Coastal Carolina, he posted a 3.60 ERA in his senior redshirt season. A pitchability lefty with a deep arsenal that he relies on more than raw stuff, VanScoter might be a money-saving selection after the Mariners have gone heavy prep so far in this draft, but this is also the kind of arm that often blossoms under the Mariners’ elite pitching development system.

Round Six, #186: SS Josh Hood, NC State

Slot value: $272,600

Back to the college ranks with Hood, who began his career at Penn, where he was the Ivy League ROY back in 2019. After the Ivy League canceled all sports during the COVID-19 pandemic for two years, Hood transferred to NC State, where he slashed .268/.350/.498 against significantly tougher competition as a redshirt junior. The Wolfpack deployed Hood at short, where he performed solidly, but he played more third base at Penn and can play either position on the left side. Hood has significant power (13 HR in 2022), but can be power over hit, so will need to work on cutting down his strikeouts (57 in as many games this season) in pro ball. He’s also a nice Jersey boy, hailing from Vineland, NJ.

Round Seven, #216: 2B Hogan Windish, UNC-Greensboro

Slot value: $213,700

Windish is a senior sign, so another money-saving pick, but brings a good amount of power over with him. While he went mini-viral for this 480-foot grand slam he hit in the Coastal Plain League last summer, he’s currently blowing things up in the Cape Cod League, which we know the Mariners value. Although his numbers have gone down a little since the tweet below, he’s anchoring the Wareham lineup and leading the league in RBI.

Round Eight, #246: C Tatem Levins, Pitt

Slot value: $175,500

I’ve been writing up these draft pieces for a good bit of time now and this is the first time I can remember the Mariners taking someone out of the University of Pittsburgh. A former decorated swimmer in high school, Levins is a burly boy backstop who is a solid defender with the kind of veteran leadership that will be so valuable for this crop of young pitchers—think in the mold of Andy Thomas from Baylor, currently in Everett. Like Thomas, the left-handed-hitting Levins can show some pop with easy power to the pull side, and hit double-digit home runs this year for Pitt, giving him a more balanced profile than the typical defense-first college catcher and a solid value here in the eighth round.

Round Nine, #276: RHP Tyler Gough, JSerra HS (CA)

Slot Value: $159,300

Another prep pitcher? This late??? And not just any HS pitcher: Gough comes out of the vaunted prospect factory of JSerra in the O.C. The 6’2” Gough (“Guff”) is a burgeoning power pitcher with a four-pitch mix featuring a fastball that can get up to 97 and a tight, high-spin slider that’s a swing-and-miss weapon, in addition to a changeup and a sharp curveball. Gough is aggressive on the mound and likes to go right after hitters, unafraid to attack with any element of his arsenal. Unranked by MLB for most of the season, he opened some eyes when he struck out all five batters he faced at the Draft Combine. This is a very tough place to sign a pitcher of this quality, especially when factoring in a commitment to Oregon State, but we’ll assume the Mariners have racked up some significant savings in rounds 2, 5, and 8, and maybe slightly underslot at 7.

Round 10, #306: OF Bill Knight Jr., Mercer

Slot value: $150,800

Knight was set to transfer from Mercer (Kyle Lewis’s alma mater) as a redshirt senior to Mississippi State, but the Mariners snapped him up first. Knight hit 17 homers this year while playing a good defensive center field. In the 10th round, he’s the first outfielder selected by the Mariners in the 2022 Draft.