Mariners amateur draft: What could have been

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by Sportspress Northwest Staff

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Posted on June 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Baseball's annual amateur draft is Monday, with the Seattle Mariners holding the No. 3 overall pick behind the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins. The consensus of most of mock drafts (yes, they even have them for amateur baseball players), is that Seattle will select a catcher, probably Mike Zunino of the University of Florida, who hit .323 with 16 home runs last season.

Regardless of Seattle's pick, it will take anywhere from three to five years before the pick can be judged a gem or a dud.

Every major league team has a history of big hits and major misses in the June free agent draft. In the case of the Mariners, had they drafted a little differently, they could have put together an entire roster of Hall of Famers and near Hall of Famers from the players they bypassed.

For example, the Mariners could have assembled a rotation consisting of Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Orel Hershiser, David Cone and Mike Mussina, and filled out a lineup card featuring Ryne Sandberg, Tony Gwynn, Don Mattingly, Ozzie Smith, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Manny Ramirez, among a host of other luminaries.

Who else was out there when the Mariners made their picks (it's still too early to judge players drafted since 2007):

YearFirst PickRnd/NoAlso Available
1977D. Henderson1/26#86 Ozzie Smith, #106 Tim Raines
1978T.Nani1/6#48 Cal Ripken, #511 Ryne Sandberg
1979A. Chambers1/1#440 Orel Hershiser, #493 Don Mattingly
1980D. Coles1/6#10 Kelly Gruber, #201 Eric Davis
1981M.Moore1/1#58 Tony Gwynn, #232 Fred McGriff
1982S. Owen1/6#189 R.Palmeiro, #391 Jose Canseco
1983D. Akerfelds1/7#19 Roger Clemens, #22 Ricky Jordan
1984B. Swift1/2#31 Greg Maddux, #47 Tom Glavine
1985M. Campbell1/7#22 R. Palmeiro, #94 David Justice
1986P. Lennon1/8#40 Kevin Tapani, #105 Bo Jackson
1987K. Griffey Jr.1/1#9 Kevin Appier, #22 Craig Biggio
1988T. Martinez1/14#17 Charles Nagy, #1390 Mike Piazza
1989R. Salkeld1/3#7 Frank Thomas, #23, #288 Trevor Hoffman
1990M. Newfield1/6#20 Mike Mussina, #175 Troy Percival
1991S. Estes1/11#13 Manny Ramirez, #16 Shawn Green
1992R. Villone1/14#19 Shannon Stewart, #23 Johnny Damon
1993A. Rodriguez1/1#20 Torri Hunter, #389 Keith Foulke
1994J. Varitek1/14#20 Terrence Long, #37 Troy Glaus
1995J. Cruz Jr.1/3#8 Todd Helton, #17 Roy Halladay
1996G. Meche1/22#301 S. Hillenbrand, #435 Kevin Gregg
1997R. Anderson1/19#20 Adam Kennedy, #185 Tim Hudson
1998M. Thornton1/22#50 Adam Dunn, #265 Mark Teixeira
1999R. Christianson1/11#52 Carl Crawford,  #85 Hank Blalock
2000S. Hayes4/116#124 Laynce Nix, #223 Dontrelle Willis
2001M. Garciaparra1/36#72 Dan Haren, #243 Kevin Youkilis
2002J. Mayberry1/28#57 Jon Lester, #80 Curtis Granderson
2003A. Jones1/37#74 Chris Ray, #78 Ryan Garko
2004M. Tuiasosopo3/93#184 Ben Zobrist, #254 Mike Carp
2005J. Clement1/3#5 Ryan Braun, #7 Troy Tulowitzki
2006B. Morrow1/5#10 Tim Lincecum, #41 Joba Chamberlain
2007P. Aumont1/11#27 Rick Porcello

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