MLB's 50th Annual Draft takes place today

The 2015 MLB Draft kicks off tonight and runs through Wednesday. Seattle will pick twice -- at 60 and at 72 -- during the draft's first day of action.

The 2015 MLB Draft kicks off tonight and runs through Wednesday. The Seattle Mariners will pick twice during tonight's opening action: their first selection is at No. 60 overall in the 2nd round, and their second selection comes at No. 72. Seattle surrendered their first round pick this season by signing free agent Nelson Cruz. While the M's find themselves without a pick in the first 30 for just the second time under Jack Zduriencik and Tom McNamara, that doesn't mean that fans shouldn't expect value to be added by team to boost a minor league system that has fallen off thanks in large part to a number of prospect graduations.

The last time the M's didn't have a true 1st round selection, the club selected Taijuan Walker in the Suppplemental 1st round, 43rd overall in 2010. Walker, of course, is now a member of the big league club's starting rotation and has been pitching very well his past few starts after a shaky kick off to 2015. The last time the club selected around No. 60 overall they grabbed Brad Miller at 62 in the 2011 Draft. Miller skyrocketed through the minors and has been the team's regular at shortstop since mid-2013. Seattle picked up one hundred million dollar man Kyle Seager in the 3rd round of 2009 and young left-hander James Paxton in the 4th round of 2010. J.A. Happ was selected in the 3rd round in the 2004 Draft by the Phillies, one slot ahead of Seattle tabbing Matt Tuiasosopo with the 93rd overall selection.

So while the club won't be adding any of the top names that you've been hearing around this year's draft like Brendan Rodgers, Dansby Swanson, Daz Cameron, Andrew Benintendi, Carson Fullmer or Dillon Tate, it does still represent a real opportunity for the Mariners to add some serious talent with their selections. And while they may not come into the organization with the same fanfare as Alex Jackson, D.J. Peterson or Mike Zunino did before them, this annual event is still one to be watched closely by prospect loving fans like our readers here at SeattleClubhouse.

Once the dust settles and the 2015 Draftees have been signed, I will do a new rundown of the top prospects in the organization that will incorporate the new players. So stay tuned, and enjoy the draft!

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