Seattle Mariners draft picks 2020

Seattle Mariners draft picks 2020
Courtesy: Seattle Mariners Twitter

The MLB draft was 35 rounds shorter than normal this season because of the overall impact of COVID-19 on sports. The Seattle Mariners were consistent in selecting all six of their players from the college level instead of high school.

Three out of their six picks were right-handed pitchers.

Emerson Hancock (Round 1, pick #6) RHP

In the first round, Seattle stuck to their normal habit of taking a college player. Emerson Hancock is a right-handed pitcher from the University of Georgia.

Jerry Dipoto said the Mariners had Hancock “targeted as the the best pitcher in this draft” at 95 mph, and has touched 99mph. Dipoto called him one of the top five “command” pitchers in this year’s draft. He used a four-pitch rotation in the SEC and had a 1.99 ERA as a sophomore last year with 97 strikeouts.

When Thursday’s second round got started, the Mariners had five picks to make in rounds 2-5.

Zach Deloach (Round 2, pick #43) Outfielder

With their first pick of the second round, Seattle snagged an outfielder from Texas A&M. He had a breakout Cape Cod season after his first two seasons with the Aggies, hitting .421 with six homeruns.

Connor Phillips (Comp pick at #64) RHP

Phillips is a 6’2 RHP from McLennan Community College after one year of play. Analysts say he has a fastball at about 92-96mph and can hit 98mph. He is only 19 years old and was drafted in the 35th round last year by Toronto, but elected to play junior college ball instead.

Kaden Polcovich (Round 3, pick #78) Infielder – Oklahoma State

Polcovich is a switch-hitting infielder and the son of former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kevin Polcovich.

Tyler Keenan (Round 4, pick #107) Ole Miss

Taylor Dollard (Round 5, pick #137) RHP – Cal Poly

Even before day two started, an MLB Network reporter had high praise for Seattle’s farm system after the Hancock addition.