In the 2013 draft, the Mariners selected 12 high school players (most of them coming at the end of the draft, unlikely to sign), 11 college juniors, 10 college seniors, 1 fifth year senior, a college sophomore, 4 junior college players, and one player that I have no idea about (Guzman Michaelangelo).
Tyler Smith, a shortstop for Oregon State, is one of those seniors. He was used as a leadoff hitter by the team, at least when I saw him play against Kansas State. It looked like he wanted to see a lot of pitches and has what looks like good plate discipline (he had decent walk rates and OBPs in college). He was ahead of a breaking ball and popped out, looking like he got out of his batting stance a little in his first at-bat. He has an uppercut swing but doesn’t look especially strong (and has hit for very little power in his college career). Smith seems to have some kind of hitch in his swing that delays it from getting going. It is not a quick swing, and he is probably an other way, groundball type hitter. Contact skills are solid, but it is not going to be hard contact. He is not real quick, probably an average runner. At short he has decent range. Arm is solid but not plus.
Lachlan Fontaine, out of high school in Canada, is one of the few 3rd day draft picks by the Mariners that actually have some videos on YouTube.
The swing doesn’t look quick, and may have some kind of hitch in it, but but it is smooth and he keeps his hands back and has good bat control. The swing seems pretty flat, and it seems like he has an other way approach. Listed as a 3rd baseman, that is probably a good position for him, assuming he has the arm for it, as he will most likely grow into his lanky body (or at least that is what it looks like in the video).
Via Bob Fontaine
It certainly seems like he has a strong arm.
I talked to Chris Jackson, who is the beat writer for the Alburquerque Isotopes, but also covers the New Mexico Lobos on occasion, about Will Mathis, the left-handed pitcher from New Mexico. He told me that while Mathis has good velocity, he didn’t really have any secondary pitches that were workable and his command was awful. Scouts see him as a project type of pitcher, someone who will probably pitch in the Arizona Summer League in relief as they try to fix him. He pitched just as a reliever for New Mexico and had some pretty poor numbers in two seasons after success at a small college as a freshman. He’s a lottery ticket, older than high school pitchers with no polish, but a lefty with a good arm is worth a look.
I actually wrote about Tommy Burns on this site as the third part of my look at velocity and location.
I charted one of Rafael Pineda’s outings on my own blog.
Here is how the Mariners’ draft picks from Major college programs rank by Tool WAA, a little statistical measure I created to try to predict college players’ professional success, weighing power and speed statistically:
1. Austin Wilson
2. D.J. Peterson
3. Jeffery Zimmerman4.Jack Reinheimer)
5. Chantz Mack
6. Tyler Smith
7. Brett Thomas
9. Lonnie Kauppila