M's sign six draftees

Seattle has signed six of the 50 athletes the team selected in last week's amateur draft.

Nine days after the 2003 amateur baseball draft, the Seattle Mariners have signed six of their draftees.

Eric O'Flaherty, the Mariners' sixth-round selection and 176th pick overall out of Walla Walla High, is the highest pick to sign. Having gone 5-2 with 83 strikeouts as a senior, O'Flaherty was rated the top prospect in the state of Washington by Baseball America magazine heading into the draft.

O'Flaherty was the fourth left-handed pitcher selected by Seattle, coming after Ryan Feierabend (3), Robert Fagan (4) and Casey Abrams (5).

Other signees include the following (in order of selection):

10th round (296 overall), Mike Cox, 3B, Florida Atlantic
12th round (356), Ruben Flores, RHP, El Paso (Texas) CC
16th round (476), Brian Schweiger, C, Cal State San Bernadino
18th round (536), James Hymon, SS, Rust (Miss.) College
22nd round (656), Sam Bradford, OF, Gardner-Webb U.


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