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MLB Draft 2011: Seattle Mariners, the Best and Worst Draft Picks in Team History
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With the 2011 MLB Draft in the books, now seems as good a time as any to reflect on some of the best and worst picks in club history.

One of the things many people tend to forget about the draft is that it's a giant crap shoot. Sure, we could have had Tim Lincecum, but there were league-wide concerns about how he'd hold up. Obviously, the Giants are quite pleased they were the team who thought enough of him to take him despite the perceived risks.

For every Lincecum, however, there's a Ben Davis.

The people running the draft for most teams are scouts, or general managers that used to be scouts. Those people rely on several other scouts out in the field; there's quite the room for error when one set of eyes sees something another set didn't.

I think the Nissan Cube is horrendous looking. However, there are actually people out there who find value in those cars and are intrigued by their design. See how wonky the results can be when we use different sets of eyes, even though we all have the same spec sheet in front of us?

Without further rambling, let's peek at the best—and worst—draft choices by these here Mariners.

 

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