On day one of the draft, Seattle picked up four positional players. That's right, no pitchers. While many are frustrated that the M's passed on the likes of Tanner Sheppers, James Paxton, and Rex Brothers twice, I am kind of at a moot point.
It's no secret that Z loves positional players. All of his marquee draftees in Milwaukee were position players.
But here's my thing, why did we have to significantly overdraft on the likes of Nick Franklin and Steven Baron? Both of which could be had at 51 and 82.
I can only think of 2 real reasons.
1) We want to save money in this particularly shallow draft, in order to draft higher end players next year and be able to sign them.
2) They are worried about injuries to Sheppers, as well as feel Paxton's long term role will be in the pen (not much as far as secondary options) and the fact that Brothers is nothing too special.
Whatever the reasons, here are the 4 day one draftees of the Seattle Mariners.