The MLB draft is approaching fast, and the Seattle Mariners are hoping to select another prospect that can hopefully develop into a future star. Unfortunately, the challenge with talent evaluation is that some players simply do not make the transition to the next level.
The Mariners have the 12th pick, which means that they will not necessarily have access to the very top of the talent pool unless someone slips down the board.
And while there's the general issue of talent evaluation, there's also the question of biggest need. In other words, what do the Mariners need most in terms of position? Granted, baseball develops talent over a fairly long period of time. This means that a shortcoming at the major league level is not exactly going to be addressed right away through the draft like it is in the NFL or the NBA.
Who will the Mariners pick? That is a question that will soon be answered. In the meantime, here are a few expert opinions on who will be getting the phone call from Seattle on draft day.