Prospect Watch: Top 10 Drafted Prospects
Top 10 Drafted Prospects
1. Matt Tuiasosopo, SS - Tuiasosopo has impressed since the first day he put on a uniform as a member of Mariners organization. The 18-year-old third rounder from last June's draft, is performing like the first round choice the M's didn't have a year ago. Tuiasosopo could prove to be a premium talent with unlimited offensive abilities.
2. Jason Snyder, RHP - Snyder ranks this high just as much for the value the M's are getting for the 17th rounder, as for his overall performance. The 6-foot-6 right-hander has been stellar from the start of his pro career3-1, 2.55 in 2005 @ Wisconsin) and for such a late round pick, Snyder is proving that 29 other clubs made a mistake - more than once each.
3. Shawn Nottingham, LHP - Nottingham was another top value as a 13th rounder in the 2003 draft. The southpaw won eight of 11 decisions with Everett in 2004 and is off to a nice start with Inland Empire this season - as a 20-year-old.
4. Thomas Oldham, LHP - Oldham could ultimately be the best value of any draftee in the system. The left-hander was an eighth rounder out of Creighton in 2003, and has progressed as fast as the Mariners could have ever wanted. At Double-A this season, Oldham is proving his worth and is two steps away from the big leagues, just two seasons after being drafted.
5. Bobby Livingston, LHP - Livingston was the M's fourth round choice in 2001 has taken it one step at a time, climbing the ladder in the system as steady as a NASCAR driver's steering grip. The 22-year-old has lived up to his draft slot, and then some.
6. Casey Craig, OF - Craig is a talented hitter with projectable power and has the plate skills to progress through the system at a solid pace. When his 2005 season gets under way, watch for the 20-year-old to pick up right where he left off in 2004, when the M's 21st round pick in 2003 posted a .398 on-base percentage and improved his numbers across the board.
7. Clint Nageotte, RHP - Nageotte was the M's fifth rounder in 1999 and within three full pro seasons he'd become the team's top pitching prospect, following a dominant season in the Texas League in 2003. After struggling most of last season with command, velocity and ultimately his health, the right-hander's star isn't shining as brightly, but a healthy Nageotte can still get a lot of hitter's out with that slider and a good fastball.
8. Adam Jones, SS - Jones was a first round pick in 2003, and though he hasn't exploded onto the scene of yet, the signs that he could do just that are starting to pop their heads out from under ground. The 19-year-old is holding his own in the California League after a solid season in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League in 2004. If Jones can sharpen his defense at short, avoiding mistakes, and add some punch to his bat - like he's showing he can early on this spring - The pick of Jones in the 37th slot will be more than warranted. getting a starting shortstop that is abover average at the plate and in the field, is well worth a first round choice.
9. T.J. Bohn, OF - Bohn is a multi-talented outfielder with solid plate skills, better than average speed, a strong throwing arm and some decent power. But at 25 and in Double-A San Antonio, Bohn is probably at least a year or two from getting a look to crack the big leagues, but the Minnesota native was a 30th round pick in 2002. Yeah, 30th round. He was the 910th player chosen. He's leading the Missions in several categories I'd say he's doing just fine.
10. Scott Atchison, RHP - Despite being 29 years old already, Atchison is a quality relief option, once healthy. He was solid for Triple-A Tacoma last season and was nails after being called up - 30.2 innings, 36 K's, 3.52 ERA - and was a 49th round pick in the 1998 draft. The thought that 1422 players were taken ahead of Atchison is mind boggling.
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