6/8/2013 9:55 P.M. ET
Mariners open Day 3 by taking HS pitcher Littell
By Jacob Thorpe / MLB.com
In the 11th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, the Mariners selected Zack Littell, a right-handed pitcher from Eastern Alamance High School in North Carolina.
The 6-foot-3 hurler has a good fastball, which sits in the mid 80s and can top out in the low 90s. He complements it with a curveball and a changeup.
Littell has an aggressive demeanor on the mound and will go right after hitters. He led his high school team to its league baseball championship, often pitching complete games in addition to batting. The talented prep star also competed in the PowerAde State Games of North Carolina.
Seager's brother, Justin, drafted by Mariners
With their 12th-round Draft choice, the Mariners didn't stray far from the nest, selecting first baseman Justin Seager, the younger brother of Seattle's starting third baseman, Kyle Seager. Still, the Mariners want him to step out of his brother's shadow.
"We didn't draft him because he's Kyle Seager's brother," director of amateur scouting Tom McNamara said.
The junior out of UNC-Charlotte stands an imposing 6-foot-4, four inches taller than his older brother. Justin is the third Seager brother to be drafted -- his younger brother, Corey, plays in the Dodgers' Minor League system after going in the first round of the 2012 Draft.
"What a neat thing," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Whether it be next year in Spring Training or whenever it may be, to be wearing the same uniform, he's so excited. That was fun to see."
The elder Seager, who heard about the news just before Saturday's game against the Yankees, was thrilled to hear that his brother would be playing for the same organization.
"I was in the lunch room eating breakfast and watching TV," Kyle Seager said. "I had my iPad going with the Draft on. I saw the Mariners were picking, so I was watching and saw his name come up. I just jumped up looking for somebody to high-five or something. It was awesome. That was a really special moment."
The newest Seager brother was an offensive force for UNC-Charlotte, hitting .351 with a .484 slugging percentage. He drove in 40 runs during his junior campaign. For his efforts, Seager was named Atlantic 10 co-Player of the Year.
After playing shortstop in high school, Seager was converted to a first baseman during his first two years at Charlotte and then played left field this past season. It is expected he'll be a first baseman in the Mariners' organization. McNamara said that he'll start in Class A Everett when he signs.
"He bounced all around in college," his brother said. "He played some first, some third, left field, second base. He's a versatile kid, a really good athlete and he can play multiple positions. That will only help him when he gets to pro ball."
Seattle drafts second Canadian prep in Fontaine
Lachlan Fontaine became the second Canadian prep player to be selected by the Mariners in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft when they made him their 13th-round pick. Like third-round selection Tyler O'Neill, Fontaine impressed the Mariners while playing for Team Canada.
The 6-foot-2 third baseman was named the top prospect at the Perfect Game scouting event, and became the event's record holder in "infield velocity" with a throw of 90 mph.
Fontaine is equally impressive at the plate, where he has an enticing blend of power and fluidity. He began concentrating on baseball once he gave up hockey at 11 or 12 years old. He has not ruled out playing college ball, but has yet to commit to a school.
Speedy college center fielder Miller taken in 14th round
Seattle bolstered its outfield depth in the 14th round of the Draft, taking center fielder Ian Miller out of Wagner College in New York. The 6-foot junior bats lefty and throws with his right hand.
Miller was named All-Northeast Conference First Team after setting school and conference records with 46 stolen bases. He also led the league in hits with 77 and runs with 46 while batting .329. Baseball America ranked him as the second-best professional prospect in the conference.
Summer baseball was another place Miller found success, as he led the collegiate circuit with 36 stolen bases. The performance caused Baseball America to tab him as the league's sixth-best prospect. His 14th-round selection makes him the fourth-highest Draft pick in Wagner history.
Miller has good baseball bloodlines. His father, Mark, played his college ball at UCLA and was selected by Cincinnati in the 26th round of the 1979 Draft. Mark Miller's godfather was Danny Murtaugh, the manager of the 1960 and 1971 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 15th round, Seattle nabs strikeout pitcher Campbell
The Mariners have been loading up on left-handed pitching in the 2013 Draft, and the 15th round was no different as they selected junior Eddie Campbell out of Virginia Tech. The 6-foot Campbell became the fourth left-handed pitcher of Seattle's Draft.
Campbell is a strikeout machine, fanning 219 batters in the first 160 2/3 innings of his post-prep career, including stints at Virginia Tech and with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League. His fastball sits at 93 mph and will touch 94. He also boasts an impressive curveball.
However, he is also prone to walking batters and struggles to keep his ERA down. His 4.07 ERA was the sixth worst in the Cape Cod League, and he posted a 5.40 ERA in his junior year of college. In an effort to lower his ERA, he abandoned a knuckle-change in favor of a straight changeup.
Jacob Thorpe is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.