BY SPNW Staff 10:17AM 06/06/2013

Don’t count on future All-Star In amateur draft

The Mariners will select 12th overall in Thursday’s first round of baseball’s annual amateur draft. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the club to select an All-Star.

Ken Griffey Jr. made 13 All-Star appearances, including 10 with Seattle, after the Mariners made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1987 amateur draft. / Wiki Commons

The 2013 first-year player draft is Thursday through Saturday, and the Mariners will have the 12th overall selection. The club has used its first pick on a pitcher in five of the past seven years, the exceptions being infielder Dustin Ackley in 2009 and catcher Mike Zunino last year.

If the Mariners select strictly on need, they will probably try to replenish their stable of outfield prospects, given that Franklin Gutierrez, on the disabled list for the fifth time in two years, can’t stay healthy, while Jason Bay, Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez are working on one-year deals.

Regardless of the choice, the Mariners are probably not going to draft a significant difference-maker — at least if history is any guide.

Since their inaugural year of 1977, the Mariners have used a first pick on 46 players, not all of them first rounders. Matt Tuiasosopo, for example, was selected in the third round in 2004, but was Seattle’s first pick that year.

Of the 46, 10 went on to become  All-Stars. Of the 10, only three — Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Tino Martinez — became All-Stars for Seattle. The other seven, most recently outfielder Adam Jones with Baltimore, achieved All-Star status after leaving the franchise.

Jones, Seattle’s first-round pick in 2003, went to the Orioles in a Feb. 8, 2008 trade that netted LHP Erik Bedard. Jones made American League All-Star teams in 2009 and 2012 and is currently hitting .305 with 11 home runs.

The 10 players the Mariners drafted who became All-Stars combined to make 37 All-Star appearances, 13 of those by Griffey, 12 by Rodriguez. Griffey represented the Mariners 10 times, Rodriguez four before he departed in 2001, and Martinez one.

The following chart lists Seattle’s first picks, number of years they played in the majors, number of All-Star appearances they made, and the number they made with the Mariners.

MARINERS NO. 1 DRAFT SELECTIONS

YEAR MONTH PLAYER POS. ML YEARS ALL-STAR W/M’S
1977 January Paul Givens LHP 0 0 0
1977 June Dave Henderson OF 14 1 0
1978 January Jim Maler 1B 3 0 0
1978 June Tito Nanni OF 0 0 0
1979 January Mike Hood C 0 0 0
1979 June *Al Chambers OF 0 0 0
1980 January Don Freeman SS 0 0 0
1980 June Darnell Coles SS 14 0 0
1981 January Bret McAfee SS 0 0 0
1981 June *Mike Moore RHP 14 1 0
1982 January Wray Bergendahl RHP 0 0 0
1982 June Spike Owen SS 13 0 0
1983 January Keith Komeji C 0 0 0
1983 June Darrel Akerfelds RHP 5 0 0
1984 January *Calvin Jones RHP 0 0 0
1984 June Bill Swift RHP 13 0 0
1985 January Dan Larsen RHP 0 0 0
1985 June Mike Campbell RHP 6 0 0
1986 January James Pritkin OF 0 0 0
1986 June Patrick Lennon SS 6 0 0
1987 June *Ken Griffey Jr. OF 21 13 10
1988 June Tiino Martinez 1B 16 2 1
1989 June Roger Salkeld RHP 3 0 0
1990 June Marc Newfield 1B 6 0 0
1991 June Shawn Estes LHP 13 1 0
1992 June Ron Villone LHP 15 0 0
1993 June *Alex Rodriguez SS 16 12 4
1994 June Jason Varitek C 13 3 0
1995 June Jose Cruz Jr. OF 12 0 0
1996 June Gil Meche RHP 10 1 0
1997 June Ryan Anderson LHP 0 0 0
1998 June Matt Thornton LHP 10 1 0
1999 June Ryan Christianson C 0 0 0
2000 June Sam Hays LHP 0 0 0
2001 June Michael Garciaparra SS 0 0 0
2002 June John Mayberry 1B 5 0 0
2003 June Adam Jones SS 8 2 0
2004 June Matt Tuiasosopo SS 4 0 0
2005 June Jeff Clement C 4 0 0
2006 June Brandon Morrow RHP 7 0 0
2007 June Phillippe Aumonte RHP 2 0 0
2008 June Josh Fields RHP 1 0 0
2009 June Dustin Ackley 2B 3 0 0
2010 June Taijuan Walker RHP 0 0 0
2011 June Danny Hultzen LHP 0 0 0
2012 June Mike Zunino C 0 0 0
TOTAL 259 37 15

*=First player selected in entire draft


YourThoughts

  • maqman

    I think the Ms strength is the picks after the first round, although their first round choices have been good. They seem to find value in later picks.

    • art thiel

      Flattering to the M’s that you think they have a strength. Avoiding the World Series for the entirety of their existence does not suggest many strengths.

  • jafabian

    Whatever happened to Sam Hays?