Mariners add more pitching on final day of draft
The Mariners finished the 2015 MLB Draft in much the same way they started it – with a heavy focus on pitching.
Seattle selected 30 more players on Wednesday, 19 of whom are pitchers. So were the Mariners’ top two selections on Tuesday and four of the 10 players they chose on Wednesday. All told, 25 of the 40 players Seattle selected over the three-day draft are pitchers.
The full breakdown: 18 right-handers, seven left-handers, two catchers, four outfielders and nine infielders, including three first basemen, four shortstops and two third basemen.
Here are some more notes on Seattle’s 2015 draft class, via the team’s press release:
27 of the Mariners’ 40 picks and 10 of their first 13 were college players. The youngest of their 13 high-school picks is 17-year-old pitcher Jio Orozco from Tuscon, Ariz.
Five picks are from Washington and/or played in the state collegiately. They are: OF Braden Bishop from UW (third round), RHP Cody Mobley from Mount Vernon HS (eighth), LHP Joe Pistorese from WSU (17th), C P.J. Jones from WSU (19th) and RHP Parker McFadden from Yelm HS (20th).
A pair of Seattle’s draft picks have direct family ties to the organization. CF Colton Sakamoto (37th) is the son of Mariners area scout Jeff Sakamoto and C Mike Rojas Jr. (40th) is the son of Mariners bullpen coach Mike Rojas.
Here are the players Seattle chose over the final 30 rounds of the draft:
11th: LHP Dylan Silva, Florida State University
12th: 3B Logan Taylor, Texas A&M University
13th: LHP Matt Clancy, St. John’s University
14th: RHP Jio Orozco, Salpointe Catholic HS (Tuscon, Ariz.)
15th: RHP Ryne Inman, Parkview HS (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
16th: OF Ricky Eusebio, University of Miami
17th: LHP Joe Pistorese, Washington State University
18th: LHP Anthony Misiewicz, Michigan State University
19th: C P.J. Jones, Washington State University
20th: RHP Parker McFadden, Yelm HS
21st: 1B Rob Fonseca, Northeastern University
22nd: RHP Joey Strain, Winthrop University
23rd: RHP Art Warren, Ashland University
24th: RHP Lance Thonvold, University of Minnesota
25th: RHP Joe Peeler, East Rowan HS (Rockwell, N.C.)
26th: RHP Ljay Newsome, Chopticon HS (Mechanicsville, Md.)
27th: RHP Michael Rivera, Colegio Hector Urdaneta (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico)
28th: SS Taylor Perez, Saint Leo University
29th: LHP Jared West, Louisiana State-Shreveport
30th: RF Gus Craig, Columbia University
31st: LHP Logan James, Stanford University
32nd: RHP Colin Tornberg, University of Texas-Arlington
33rd: SS Julius Gaines, Florida International University
34th: LHP Kyle Ostrowski, Lincoln Way North HS (Tinley Park, Ill.)
35th: RHP Gianni Zayas, Florida International University
36th: RHP Matt Walker, Weatherford College
37th: CF Colton Sakamoto, Westview HS (Beaverton, Ore.)
38th: 1B Dalton Kelly, University of California-Santa Barbara
39th: SS Dante Ricciardi, Worcester Academy
40th: C Mike Rojas Jr., Gulf Coast HS (Naples, Fla.)