BY SPNW Staff 07:16PM 06/13/2017

Mariners add eight more picks in June draft

The Mariners Tuesday selected eight players in rounds three through 10 on the second day of the MLB draft, starting in the third round with RHP Wyatt Mills, a 6-3, 175-pound native of Spokane who was an All-West Coast Conference selection out of Gonzaga University (93rd overall).

The draft will conclude with rounds 11 through 40 beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

As a senior, Mills went 2-2 with 12 saves and a 1.79 ERA in 22 relief appearances. Over four seasons with the Bulldogs, Mills was6-4 with 21 saves and a 2.48 ERA. His 21 career saves are second-most in program history.

The Mariners also selected:

RHP Seth Elledge (fourth round, 123rd overall) out of Dallas Baptist University. During his junior season with the Patriots, the 6-2, 238-pounder went 2-1 with 13 saves and a 2.59 EA.

C David Banuelos (fifth round, 153rd) out of Long Beach State University.  The 6-0,  205-pounder was named first-team All-America by Baseball America and is one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, presented annually to the nation’s top amateur catcher.

LHP Oliver Jaskie (sixth round, 183rd) out of the University of Michigan. The 6-3, 210-pounder earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after going 8-3 with a 3.77 ERA. He was Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice.

LHP Max Roberts (seventh round, 213th) out of Wabash Valley College. The 6-5, 160-pounder went 10-1 with 1.44 ERA this past season.

OF Billy Cooke (eighth round, 243rd overall) out of Coastal Carolina University. He was Sun Belt Player of the Year after batting .353 with 10 home runs.

LHP Jorge Benitez (ninth round, 273rd overall) out of Leadership Christian Academy in Puerto Rico. The 6-3, 160-pounder hails from Levittown, Puerto Rico.

RHP Randy Bell (10th r0und, 303rd overall) out of the University of South Alabama. During his senior season, Bell went 7-3 with a 3.69 ERA. He is 5-10, 190 pounds.

In the first 10 rounds, the Mariners selected seven pitchers, one catcher, one infielder and one outfielder. Eight of the 10 picks have been collegians and two from high school.

 


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