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MLB Draft: Mariners, Rangers Selections

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The second day of the MLB first-year player draft is upon us, when teams will select in rounds 3-10.

We'll recap all the Mariners and Rangers picks right here. We have started to move into the territory where Rangers picks will be assigned to the Spokane Indians, but we won't know for sure until later this weekend or Monday when players are due to report to Avista Stadium.

 

Third Round

- Mariners (85th pick): Tyler O'Neill

The Mariners asked O'Neill to be listed as a right fielder when they selected him, but he played shortstop and catcher in high school for Girabaldi Secondary School in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound is nicknamed "Tank" and Baseball American reports he has plenty of strength and good bat speed. O'Neill played for the Canadian Junior National Team last year and is committed to Oregon State. He draws comparison to fellow Canadian Brett Lawrie.

- Rangers (99th pick): David Ledbetter

Ledbetter becomes the first player drafted out of Cedarville University, a small school in Ohio. A junior right-handed pitcher, Ledbetter is listed at 6-foot-1, 185-pounds. Ledbetter went 6-5 with a 3.15 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 71 innings. MLB.com says his fastball sits in the low-90s and he also has a curveball, changeup and slider in his repertoire.

Fourth Round

- Mariners (117th pick): Ryan Horstman

Horstman was recently earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors. The left-handed pitcher was also named to the All-Big East Third Team after posting a 6-6 record with a 2.33 ERA in 16 games (nine starts). Horstman struck out 56 in 65 2/3 innings.

- Rangers (130th pick): Isaiah Kiner-Falefa

Kiner-Falefa is a shortstop out of Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii and is signed to play college ball at San Jose State. MLB.com lists Kiner-Falefa as 5-foot-10, 165-pounds. Here is a video of Kiner-Falefa hitting.

*note: MLB.com lists his first name as Isaiah, but some news organizations spell it Isiah.

Fifth Round

- Mariners (147th pick): Jack Reinheimer

The Mariners went with another college player in the fifth player with Reinheimer, a shortstop from East Carolina University. There isn't a lot of great college shortstops in the draft and Baseball America had him ranked No. 153. Reinheimer hit .271 with two home runs, 21 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 13 attempts. Reinheimer is known for being good on the defensive side of the ball.

- Rangers (160th pick): Joe Jackson

Yes, he is related to THE Joe Jackson. A catcher out of The Citadel, Jackson hit .386 this season with 13 home runs and 19 doubles in 60 games. Listed at 6-foot-1, 195-pounder was named to the third team of the Louisville Slugger All-America team this year.

Sixth Round

-Mariners (177th pick): Corey Simpson

Listed at 6-foot-3, 220-pounds by Perfect Game, Simpson caught in high school, but the Mariners drafted him as a right fielder. Simpson has some of the best power in the draft, MLB.com says, and is committed to the University of Houston.

- Rangers (190th pick): Sam Wolff

Wolff is a right-handed pitcher from the University of New Mexico. On the live draft show on MLB.com the analysts said he has some decent secondary pitches, but has a tendency to miss the zone. Because of that, he could be moved to the bullpen and move quickly through the Minors. The senior is listed at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds and went 7-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 16 starts this season.

Seventh Round

- Mariners (207th pick): Tyler Olson

The Mariners went with a local product in Olson, a fifth-year Gonzaga senior. Olson also went to University High School. Olson went 9-4 with a 2.48 ERA this season for the Bulldogs. Olson, 24, struck out 91 in 10 2/3 innings. He doesn't throw the ball hard, but hits his spots and has a good changeup and curveball.

- Rangers (220th round): Nick Gardewine

The Rangers selected Gardewine, a right-hand pitcher from Kaskaskia Community College. MLB.com analysts believe he could be converted to a reliever and rise through the Minors quickly.

Eighth Round

- Mariners (237th pick): Tyler Smith

Smith is a shortstop out of Oregon State. Batting from the right side, Smith is hitting .301 with seven doubles, two triples and two home runs in 49 games this season. It is the first time Smith has been drafted.

- Rangers (250th pick): Evan Van Hoosier

Van Hoosier was picked in the 26th round last year by the Phillies, but decided to attend College of Southern Nevada instead. It worked out well for the 5-foot-11, 190-pound second baseman, who went much higher this year.

Ninth Round

- Mariners (267th pick): Jacob Zokan

Zokan is a left-handed pitcher out of the College of Charleston. He went 4-3 with a 2.85 ERA this season, striking out 80 and walking just 15 in 79 innings. He missed most of 2012 with an injury.

- Rangers (280th pick): Jose Samayoa

Samayoa is a right-handed pitcher from Lee University (Tenn.) and he was part of a recent run to the NAIA World Series. Samayoa went 10-1 with a 1.73 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) this season. He struck out 83 and walked just 19 in 79 innings pitched.

Tenth Round

- Mariners (297th pick): Emilio Pagan

The Mariners went with another pitcher in Pagan, a righty out of Belmont Abbey College (N.C.). Pagan went just 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA, but did have three saves. In just eight appearances on the mound, Pagan struck out 39 in 34 innings.

- Rangers (310th pick): Cole Wiper

Wiper is a big righty out of Oregon. He had just a 7.11 ERA in seven appearances this season for the Ducks.

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