Analyzing Seattle Mariners' Early-Round Picks in 2014 MLB Draft

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Analyzing Seattle Mariners' Early-Round Picks in 2014 MLB Draft
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Jack Zduriencik and the Seattle Mariners took outfielders in the first three rounds of the 2014 MLB draft.

With Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez tying up a lot of money over the next few years, the Seattle Mariners are going to need to draft and develop well to surround the two superstars with the right pieces.

The Mariners have mostly hit on the drafting part under Jack Zduriencik, who previously gained a reputation for drafting strongly with the Milwaukee Brewers, as several Seattle draft picks have reached the majors with the team in some capacity since 2009. That includes four first-round picks, with D.J. Peterson on the way as well.

It’s the development part that the Mariners have struggled with. Many of these prospects have fallen well beneath their expected ceilings, particularly on the hitting side, continuing a trend that started well before Zduriencik’s tenure.

The Mariners hope this year’s class will change that, and they grabbed a couple of players with huge upside in the early rounds. First-round pick Alex Jackson will immediately jump in as one of Seattle’s top prospects, but the Mariners selected a few other interesting prospects in the first two days of the 2014 MLB draft. 

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