BY SPNW Staff 06:30AM 06/05/2014

Mariners pick sixth in first-year amateur draft

The Mariners have two picks Thursday in the 2014 amateur draft, No. 6 and 74th overall. Three of Seattle’s past five No. 1 picks have reached the majors.

Catcher Mike Zunino, left, is the most recent first-round pick (2012) to reach the major leagues for the Mariners. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

The Mariners will have the sixth overall pick when the 2014 first year player draft starts Thursday and runs through Saturday. The club used its first pick on a pitcher in five of the past eight years, the exceptions then-infielder Dustin Ackley in 2009, catcher Mike Zunino two years ago and third baseman D.J. Peterson last year.

The Mariners fast-tracked to the major leagues Ackley and Zunino, both of whom areĀ  every-day players. Seattle has not selected a future All-Star position player in the first round since 2003 when it took shortstop Adam Jones, later converted to the outfield. Seattle last drafted a future All-Star pitcher in 1999 when it took J.J. Putz, an All-Star in 2007 when he closed for the Mariners.

Mark Langston, a second-round pick in 1981, is the last starting pitcher taken by the Mariners who went on to make an All-Star team (1987).

Jones has made three American League All-Star clubs since his major league debut July 14, 2006, but none with the Mariners, who traded him to Baltimore Feb. 8, 2008, in a package for Erik Bedard.

Since their inaugural year of 1977, the Mariners have used a first pick on 47 players, not all of them first-round choices. Of the 47, only three — Ken Griffey Jr. (1987), Tino Martinez (1988) and Alex Rodriguez (1993) — became All-Stars for Seattle.

Aside from Griffey, Martinez and Rodriguez, the Mariners have done far better in the draft picking in the lower rounds, especially in recent years, evidenced by the current roster.

Of the 25 on the active roster, nine came via the amateur draft, including Ackley, Zunino, Brad Miller (2nd, 2011), Willie Bloomquist (3rd, 1999), Kyle Seager (3rd, 2009), James JonesĀ  (4th, 2009), Michael Saunders (11th, 2004), Stefan Romero (12th, 2010) and Dominic Leone (16th, 2012). Leone is the only pitcher on the 25-man drafted by the Mariners.

June draftees Taijuan Walker and James Paxton, taken in the first and fourth rounds, respectively, in 2010, would probably be on the 25-man roster if they were not on the disabled list.

Justin Smoak, Danny Farquhar and Charlie Furbush arrived via trade. Robinson Cano, John Buck, Cole Gillespie, Endy Chavez, Joe Beimel, Roenis Elias, Hisashi Iwakuma, Fernando Rodney, Tom Wilhelmsen and Chris Young, were signed as free agents.

Felix Hernandez, Yoervis Medina and Erasmo Ramirez were signed as amateur free agents.

The Mariners have two selections Thursday. In addition to the sixth, they select 74th overall.

The draft begins at 4 p.m.

The chart lists Seattle’s first picks, number of years in the majors, number of All-Star appearances 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 Tino 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 11 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 6 0 0
2003 June Adam Jones SS 9 3 0
2004 June Matt Tuiasosopo SS 4 0 0
2005 June Jeff Clement C 4 0 0
2006 June Brandon Morrow RHP 8 0 0
2007 June Phillippe Aumonte RHP 3 0 0
2008 June Josh Fields RHP 2 0 0
2009 June Dustin Ackley 2B 4 0 0
2010 June Taijuan Walker RHP 2 0 0
2011 June Danny Hultzen LHP 0 0 0
2012 June Mike Zunino C 2 0 0
2013 June D.J. Peterson 3B 0 0 0
TOTAL 269 38 15

*=First player selected in draft


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