Mariners tab right-handers Neidert, Moore

The Seattle Mariners selected two right-handed pitchers near the end of the first day of the 2015 MLB Draft in Nick Neidert and Andrew Moore.

As many speculated, the Seattle Mariners went the pitching route with their picks on Monday's first day of the 2015 MLB Draft, tabbing Georgia prep righty Nick Neidert with their first selection at No. 60 overall and then grabbing Oregon State righty Andrew Moore with their next selection at No. 72.

Both Neidert (6-foot-1, 185 lbs) and Moore (6-foot, 185 lbs) are on the "small" side from the traditional scouting point of view on right-handed pitching, but Neidert showed a fastball that can reach the mid-90s while Moore went 27 and 9 with a 2.10 ERA in 51 games (48 starts) for the Beavers in his collegiate career. Both impressed the Mariners in their own ways that made Tom McNamara very happy to be able to select them.

The site-wide publisher mock draft that we did last week saw Neidert go one selection after my Mariners pick at No. 61 to the Giants and the last Scout.com Mock Draft by Jeff Ellis had Neidert going at No. 84 overall, but the Mariners were happy he was there for them at 60 on Monday. "He was the guy we wanted," McNamara said of Neidert, selected out of Peachtree Ridge High School in Lawrenceville, GA. "We were pleasantly surprised he was still there." The 18 year old was an outfielder and right-handed pitcher for the Lions and was named a 1st team All-American by Perfect Game in 2015. Ranked as the 55th overall Draft prospect by Baseball America in their latest countdown, McNamara talked on the call with media Monday evening about liking Neidert's fastball command and potential with both of his secondary offerings; a changeup and slider. He works from a low three-quarters delivery and has good life down in the zone.

Video on Nick Neidert.

Moore was a three-year starter for Oregon State, going 14-2 with a 1.79 ERA as a freshamn and striking out 111 in 122 1/3 innings of 1.91 ERA, 0.87 WHIP ball in 2015 for the club when he earned 1st-team All-Pac-12 recognition. He comes right over the top with his delivery and has good life on his fastball. "He can command his fastball and he's got three Major League pitches," McNamara said, "so we'll see where it goes."

Seattle has eight more picks on Tuesday before wrapping up the 2015 Draft with rounds 11 through 40 on Wednesday.

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