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2011 MLB Draft Results: Reviewing The Seattle Mariners Picks And Prospects

When evaluating the 2011 MLB Draft, it's important to take a weighted approach. Prospects taken early in the draft, especially in the first few rounds, are those likely to make an impact, and hold the best chance of making a major league roster at some point in there career. At the same time, it's also important to note that some of these players will never sign, instead opting to stay in college another year or, in the case of high school prospects, skip the professional ranks and head to college, losing draft eligibility for the next three years.

Drafting is an inexact science in baseball, and signability plays a role. Some of these players won't sign for one reason or another, and signing bonuses come into play, especially for the early-round picks. It's why the MLB Draft is hard to get too worked up about; we just never know which players will even show up with a farm team. But at least with players in the top-half of the draft, there's a better chance.

The Seattle Mariners began their 2011 MLB Draft experience with Danny Hultzen, a 6-foot-2 left-handed starting pitcher from Virginia. The Seattle front office called him polished, and the prevailing wisdom is that he'll be major-league ready in short order. In that regard, it's easy to get excited about Hultzen; he's tangible and we'll likely see him in a Mariners uniform soon.

Seattle took a position player next, drafting Brad Miller at No. 62. Again, the Mariners picked a college player, with Miller coming by way of Clemson, where he played shortstop. And, again, Miller would probably be more major-league ready than not, though there's still a need for season. But after him, forecasting the prospects gets murky.

We wrote about Kevin Cron, Carter Capps and John Hicks on Tuesday, noting Cron is a hefty high schooler with a poweful bat. It's difficult to know whether he'll sign, but we do know he can hit the snot out of the ball. Hicks is intriguing simply because he knows Hultzen well -- he was the Virginia pitcher's catcher. The Mariners made it a trio of Cavaliers, selecting Virginia third baseman Steven Proscia with pick No. 213. At least we know Seattle scouted Virginia well this season.

Below is a list of the early picks. You can find the second day choices here and third day choices here.

2 Hultzen, Danny Virginia LHP L/L 6'02" 200 1989-11-28 JR
62 Miller, Bradley Clemson SS L/R 6'02" 185 1989-10-18 JR
92 Cron, Kevin Mountain Pointe HS (AZ) 1B R/R 6'05" 245 1993-02-17 HS
121 Capps, Carter Mount Olive College RHP R/R 6'05" 220 1990-08-07 JR
123 Hicks, John Virginia C R/R 6'02" 190 1989-08-31 JR
153 Marlette, Tyler Hagerty HS (FL) C R/R 5'11" 195 1993-01-23 HS
183 Zamarripa, James Rancho Cucamonga HS (CA) CF L/L 5'10" 190 1993-09-17 HS
213 Proscia, Steven Virginia 3B R/R 6'02" 210 1990-06-26 JR
243 Smith, Carson Texas State RHP R/R 6'06" 205 1989-10-19 JR
273 Cohoes, Cavan Patch HS SS R/R 6'02" 185 1993-05-03 HS
303 Paolini, Daniel Siena College 2B R/R 6'00" 190 1989-10-11 JR
333 Hobson, Cameron Dayton LHP L/L 6'00" 190 1989-04-10 JR
363 Dowd, Michael Franklin Pierce University C R/R 5'08" 205 1990-04-10 JR
393 Austin, Jamal Alabama - Birmingham CF R/R 5'09" 180 1990-08-26 JR

For a look back at the draft and the Mariners' picks, see the rest of our 2011 MLB Draft StoryStream. For a local look at what the Mariners are planning, head over to SB Nation's Lookout Landing.