Seattle Mariners: Projecting Major League Arrival Dates for 2013 Draft Class
The Seattle Mariners selected 40 players of their own, all of whom have hopes of one day starring in the big leagues, and few who actually will.
Here are the projected major league arrival dates for Seattle's first five draft picks.
6'1'', 205 lbs, 3B, R/R, Jr., New Mexico
Seattle used its first-round pick (12th overall) on New Mexico slugger D.J. Peterson. He isn't known for his defense or speed, but a good eye at the plate and fast hands will help him excel at the next level.
"Peterson has incredibly fast hands which help him generate a smooth swing with above-average bat speed. He's more than just a power guy as his batting average indicates, and he is one of a select few people who has the potential to hit for both significant power and a high average at the next level. "
He'll likely move to first base as he progresses in his career, and with limited sources of young power at the corner infield positions, Peterson could make a trip to Seattle fairly quickly.
Projected arrival date: 2016
6'5'', 245 lbs, RF, R/R, Jr., Stanford
Another highly touted hitter, Stanford's Austin Wilson's swing is smooth and effortless, and his size and athleticism have drawn comparisons to Giancarlo Stanton.
He's not bad in the outfield either, according to coast2coastprospects.com:
"His arm from the outfield has been clocked as high as 98 mph coming out [of] high school and he is a good runner for his size, turning in 60 times under the 7 second mark. He can definitely handle a corner outfield position, and if the bat develops as many predict it will, Wilson has a chance to be a special talent."
If Wilson can continue to hit the ball and show off his speed, he should move through the minor leagues with ease.
Projected arrival date: 2015
5'11'', 205 lbs, RF, R/R, Garibaldi SS (Canada)
O'Neill is officially listed as a right fielder on MLB.com, but all indications are that he's a catcher.
Baseballamerica.com describes O'Neill as very strong and an above-average runner with some pop. He's been compared to fellow Canadian Brett Lawrie, both on the basis of talent and attitude.
Seattle's third-round pick, O'Neill is committed to play for Oregon State next season and might not ever play for the Mariners.
Projected arrival date: N/A
6'1'', 185 lbs, LHP, L/L, So., St. John's
The Mariners selected lefty hurler Ryan Horstman in the fourth round (117th overall) and he already knows he's going to sign.
Horstman went 6-6 with a 2.33 ERA in his sophomore season for the Red Storm, but with some talented pitching already in Seattle's system, it may be a while before we see him in the big leagues.
Projected arrival date: 2017
6'1'', 175 lbs, SS, R/R, Jr., East Carolina
Shortstop Jack Reinheimer isn't particularly known for his hitting (.271/.356/.339), but he has quick hands at short and made only 10 errors in 293 chances this season.
With plenty of middle infielders in Seattle's farm system, Reinheimer will likely be in the minors for a while or traded.
Projected arrival date: N/A