Zeitgeist: The Mariners and the Major League Draft

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by STEVE RUDMAN / Sportspress Northwest

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Posted on June 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 20 at 9:29 AM

If the Mariners knew then what they know now, they would probably have taken Roger Clemens with the seventh pick in the 1983 June free agent draft instead of the player they glommed on to, Darrel Akerfelds, who never pitched for Seattle and won just nine games in five Major League seasons. Clemens won 354.

Since their inaugural season of 1977, the Mariners have missed out on drafting at least a dozen Hall of Famers or future Hall of Famers, including Ryne Sandberg, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn (see poll below for the Mariners’ shrewdest draft move).

To be fair, the Mariners were not the only team that whiffed on Clemens. Eighteen clubs botched a shot at the indicted pitcher, including seven that drafted players ahead of Clemens who never cracked a big league lineup.

We bring this up because the Mariners are in the process of selecting  50 new players in baseball’s annual June draft. Their prospects of landing the next Clemens are statistically insignificant. In fact, their chances of landing a future All-Star are not very good.

Since 1977, the Mariners have selected 1,670 players in the June draft. Of the 1,670, just 196 (11.7 percent) played a game at the Major League level.

Which were the best and worst Mariner drafts of all-time? Read it now at Sportspress Northwest.

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