06/14/2010 7:25 PM ET
Mariners sign 17 players from 2010 Draft
Signings include fifth-round selection Stephen Pryor
The Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara announced today that the club has signed 12 players from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, including right-handed pitcher Stephen Pryor (5th), infielder Daniel Lopez (16th), right-handed pitcher Wily Kesler (18th), outfielder Franklin Christian (19th), right-handed pitcher Matt Bischoff (20th), outfielder Robert Anston (26th), right-handed pitcher Tim Griffin (28th), infielder Derek Poppert (30th), infielder Jake Schlander (31st), left-handed pitcher Tyler Whitney (34th), right-handed pitcher Forrest Snow (36th), left-handed pitcher Ryan Kiel (37th), left-handed pitcher Nathan Reed (40th), right-handed pitcher Mike Aviles (42nd), infielder Matt Browning (43rd), outfielder James Woods (47th) and infielder Patrick Brady (48th).
"We are excited to get these players in uniform and to see all the young talent we recently drafted in action," Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara said.
RHP Stephen Pryor, who was selected in the fifth round, went 4-4 with a 5.71 ERA with 22 walks and 75 strikeouts in 24 games, 1 start for Tennessee Tech University. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound closer for Tech, Pryor led the Golden Eagle pitching staff in 2010 with 24 appearances and 4 saves. Pryor holds the single season record at Tech for strikeouts per nine innings with 16.46, while his 4 saves in a single season ranks third in the record books. Of the 35 hits allowed in 2010, only 13 of them were for extra bases. He ranked fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference in strikeouts, and held opponents to a .224 batting average. Pryor also played for two seasons at Cleveland State Community College before transferring his junior season. He will begin his professional career with the Everett AquaSox.
The Mariners selected four players with ties to the Northwest, including 36th-round selection Forrest Snow out of the University of Washington. Snow, who attended Lakeside High School in Seattle, went 4-2 with a 6.30 ERA (45 ER, 64.1 IP) in 27 games, 9 starts this season for the Huskies. Seattle also selected Snow in the 44th round of the 2007 draft, but he decided to attend University of Washington instead. Snow will begin his professional career with the Everett AquaSox.
Short-A Everett AquaSox and Rookie Peoria Mariners began working out yesterday Sunday, June 13. Everett begins action on June 18, while the Peoria Mariners start on June 21. The Rookie Pulaski Mariners season gets under way on Tuesday, June 22 with players reporting on the 16th.
Seattle made 50 selections in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, highlighted by their first pick, right-handed pitcher Tiajuan Walker, who was the 43rd overall pick in the draft. The Mariners selected 30 pitchers, including 9 left-handers, 4 catchers, 11 infielders (2 1B, 1 2B, 4 3B, 4 SS), and 5 outfielders. Seattle selected 33 college players and 16 high school players (1 no school).
Today's signings will be assigned to three of the Seattle Mariners Minor League teams; the Everett AquaSox, the Pulaski Mariners and the Peoria Mariners.