#11: Seattle Mariners
Nick: Justin Dunn, Right-Handed Pitcher, Boston College
Boston College is not known for producing a lot of first round talent, but they have a rising pitcher in Dunn who is looking to go top 15. Previously, thought as a 2nd round pick, Dunn has shown the ability to command his pitches late into games. His fastball sits 93-95 milers per hour and he has been able to carry that velocity into the later innings. The Mariners have struck out on some of their top pitching prospects, with Danny Hultzen struggling to stay healthy, and Paxton and Walker not pitching they way the Mariners were hoping. Dunn gives them another projectable arm.
David: Zack Collins, Catcher, Miami
Catcher has been a black hole for the Mariners for a while. The struggles of Jesus Montero and Mike Zunino in the previous years, and Chris Iannetta and Steve Clevenger both being best suited for a backup role. This year the Mariners have a chance to take the best catcher in the draft, like they did in 2012 with Zunino. Collins rakes, and despite questions about his ability behind the plate, he’ll likely start his career off behind the dish.
#12: Boston Red Sox
Nick: Blake Rutherford, Outfielder, Chaminade College Prep (California)
The Red Soxs have enough spending money that they do not need to draft for need, if they would they would be looking for a pitcher here. However, they instead will take the best available talent left on the board. Rutherford is considered a top ten prospect on the big board, but the Soxs get him at 12 and are more than happy to. They add another big time talent to an already deep system.
David: Dakota Hudson, Right Handed Pitcher, Mississippi State
The Red Sox pitching has been a mess over the last two years and Henry Owens has not developed into a Major League starter. The Sox have the opportunity to select the second best college arm in the draft with Dakota Hudson. Hudson sits mid 90s and pounds the strike zone. Being a college pitcher, Hudson should progress quickly and be ready to pitch in the majors in two or three seasons, and develop into a strong number two behind David Price.
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