08/09/2011 8:53 PM ET
Mariners sign third-round selection Carter Capps
Seattle also agrees to terms with Catcher Luke Guarnaccia and Outfielder Cory Scammell
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Carter Capps from Mount Olive College, the club's third-round selection (121st overall pick) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. The team also announced the signings of 19th-round draft pick catcher Luke Guarnaccia out of the Palm Beach State College and 35th-round selection outfielder Cory Scammell from St. Francis Xavier High School (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada).
Capps, who turned 21 on Aug. 7, was named the 2010-11 Conference Carolinas Male Athlete of the Year, after going 14-1 with 2 saves and 1.75 ERA (23 ER, 118.0 IP) in 20 games, 15 starts. He is the third Trojan in school history to win the conference athlete of the year award. Capps struck out 129 batters in 118.0 innings pitched while walking just 18. He recorded the first-ever nine-inning no-hitter in school history on March 12 against Coker. After a 10-0 campaign in 2010, Capps posted a 14-1 record this past season and now holds the NCAA Division II record for consecutive wins with 24. He went 4-1 with a 0.60 ERA (2 ER, 30.0 IP) in 16 games while playing for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod league this summer. He walked only 2 while striking out 34 in 30.0 innings in relief. He went 3-0 while tossing 17.1 scoreless innings in his final 10 appearances. In the Cape Cod League all-star game at Fenway Park, Capps struck out the side in 1.0 inning of work.
Capps was named the 2011 Division II National Pitcher of the Year by three different organizations: American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). He earned All-America First Team honors from all three organizations and was also named overall National Player of the Year by the ABCA. He was runner-up for the Tino Martinez Award, which is College Baseball Lineup's Division II National Player of the Year Award.
"Carter is a big, physical kid with a power arm potential," McNamara said. "He had a great college season as a starter and continued his success in the Cape Cod League. Bottom line is, he is a strike thrower with tremendous potential."
Guarnaccia, 19, recently completed his freshman season at Palm Beach State College. He hit .308 (40x130) with 29 runs scored, 5 doubles, 6 home runs and 20 RBI in during the 2011 season with the Panthers. Guarnaccia was also drafted by the Mariners out St. Thomas Aquinas High School in the 21st round of the 2010 June draft.
"Luke is an athletic, switch-hitting catcher whom we have been watching for a while," McNamara said. "We drafted him last year, and watched him continue to grow as a player in junior college. We are excited to have him in the system."
Scammell, 18, graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 2011. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound outfielder is currently playing on the Canadian Junior National team.
"Cory is a very powerful left-handed hitter with tremendous upside," McNamara said. He will play for Team Canada this summer. He has very exciting power potential from the left side of the plate."
Capps will report to the Mariners Single-A Clinton affiliate in the Midwest League, while Guarnaccia reported to Rookie Peoria in the Arizona League today. Scammell is currently under contract for the 2012 season.
Seattle made 51 selections in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, highlighted by their first pick, left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen, who was the 2nd overall pick in the draft. The Mariners selected 28 pitchers, including 6 left-handers, 7 catchers, 9 infielders (3 1B, 2 2B, 3B, 3 SS), and 7 outfielders. Seattle selected 38 college players and 13 high school players.
The Mariners have now signed 38 of the 51 players selected in the 2011 June Draft. Seattle has until Monday, August 15 at 9 p.m. (PT) to sign 2011 First-Year Player Draft selections that have remaining college eligibility.