The Mariners are winning 2-0 right now, but they’ve done little else lately to make me want to write about them, at least at the big league level. So, here’s a post about a whole bunch of other stuff! By the way, did anyone make it to the Sonics rally? None of us could make it, and I’m really regretting it. It sounds like it was incredible. If you were there, please put your thoughts in the comments. Would love to hear a first hand account. On to the news!
The Mariners have signed the majority of the draft picks they are likely to sign. Of their top 11 picks, only two are unsigned. One is Mike Zunino, the third pick overall. He’s currently playing in the college world series and will likely sign immediately after it’s finished. The other is 8th round 1B Nick Halamandaris (I think I spelled that right). He’s likely to not sign and go to college at this point.
If you read any of our posts or any thing else about the draft, you’ve probably heard about the new bonus pools to which teams have to adhere. Simply, each pick through round ten has a value attached to it, and teams have the sum total of their pick values to spread around to those guys. This led to some strategic drafting, with some teams taking guys they knew they could sign for cheap who aren’t as talented, so that they would have more money for other guys. The Mariners went the opposite way and took a lot of the better players that other teams were passing on. Right now, the Mariners are also way over their budget right now. That should be rectified when Zunino signs, because it’s expected he’ll sign for quite a bit under slot value.
It’s been interesting to watch their signing and draft strategy, but it’s not really important that you know any of that if you don’t care. All that’s important is that the Mariners don’t spend more than 5% over their bonus pool, because then they start losing picks. I would be absolutely shocked if they do that. If you hear anyone panicking about this, just disregard them and realize that the Mariners know what they’re doing. They can’t play baseball, but they can definitely handle a budget!
By the way, lots of the draft picks are playing in Everett, if you’re in the area. Zunino should be higher up, depending on when he signs, but the Aquasox have an interesting roster this year.
I’ll keep this short, but Danny Hultzen is essentially the most dominating pitcher for his level in all of organized baseball at the moment. The other day he struggled a bit and still threw a shutout. He’s starting his league all-star game and will likely go to Tacoma, if not Seattle, immediately after. Nick Franklin is also having a pretty ridiculous year and could be at shortstop in Tacoma before long. Taijuan Walker and James Paxton, the rest of the Big Three, are struggling and injured respectively, but it’s nothing to be too concerned about. Not a lot of other pressing news at the moment.
Husky football received a huge commitment today from Cali WR Darrell Daniels. He’s 6’3″ 210 and the best WR on the west coast, according to Scout.com. They have him as the 5th best WR in the country and 35th player overall, and he’ll be a 5-star guy when they update their rankings. This is a huge pickup. He’s similar to Kasen in size and prestige, but looks a little faster on his tape. It’s a long way to signing day, but if Sark can hang onto him, he should be an immediate contributor in 2013.
Daniels was visiting this weekend with a few other top prospects, including DE Joe Mathis. I’ve seen speculation that they could have another commitment or two before long, so we’ll keep you posted. The Huskies now have 8 commits, and it’s shaping up to be one of their best classes in a while. They added a 4-star QB, Troy Williams, last week, who is often compared to Keith Price, but more advanced coming out of high school. Half of the group is from in-state, which is good, although the top two uncommitted guys, LBs Myles Jack and Danny Mattingly, from Bellevue and Spokane respectively, could be tough to land. Still, the Huskies are in on a lot of big time guys from California as well and shouldn’t have any problem filling what’s expected to be a smaller class with elite talent.