Here are the descriptions for the remaining concept picks on Day 2 of the MLB concept, rounds 5-10. If you want the descriptions of the first four design choices, the first round (Harry Ford) here, round two (Edwin Arroyo Jr.) is here, round three (Michael Morales) is hereand round four (Bryce Miller) is) here.
Round Five: C Andy Thomas, Baylor
Thomas is a senior sign, money-saving pick after the Mariners prepped in the first three rounds. He’s not in Baseball America’s top 500. Thomas was well ahead of his time at Baylor, averaging around .330/.400/.475, walking nearly as often as he struckout, though his playing time was limited as he played behind Shea Langeliers, who was a top-10 pick. was in 2019. Thomas is getting rave reviews from his teammates for his leadership and ability to lead a pitching staff; behind the saucer, he threw out nearly half of the potential base stealers and was a Buster Posey finalist this year. Offensively, he’s got a bit more pop to the bat than you’d expect from a senior sign, likely organizational catcher, who hit 11 home runs in his senior season – more than in his previous three seasons combined (though that does include a shortened 2020 season) .
Round Six: RHP Bryan Woo, Cal Poly
Ignore the ugly ERA (6.11 as a reliever) and focus on the stuff instead: fastball mid 90s to 97 with life leading to 42 Ks in 28 IP. Woo has to undergo TJ surgery, so don’t expect to see him soon. Woo pitched in the 2019 Alaska Baseball League, where he attracted the attention of scouts with 36 strikeouts in 25 innings.
Round Seven: OF Colin Davis, Wofford College
I had never heard of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, enrollment 1,659, until last year, when the Mariners signed INF Brett Rodríguez, currently with Modesto, as a free agent from Wofford. Wofford plays in the Southern Conference and Davis was this year’s SoCon Player of the Year. If the Mariners didn’t know him from their seemingly exhaustive exploration of Wofford College, they might also have seen Davis pop up in limited action in the Cape Cod League in 2019. As a member of the Brewster Whitecaps, Davis hit .368 over 19 ABs, with four doubles. , a triple and a home run. He also swiped three bases and walked twice as often (6) and struckout (3).
Round Eight: SS James Parker (Clemson)
Parker positions himself as a utility infielder in the high-OBP/low-SLG model, although he steadily improved his power over three years at Clemson, where his father was part of the rotation for three years. While Parker wasn’t in Baseball America’s Top 500 prospects, he developed a bit of a reputation with Clemson for delivering clutch hits when the Tigers needed him most:
The glove is also quite slippery:
Round Nine: OR Spencer Packard, Campbell
Another money-saving senior sign, so let’s focus on the interesting stuff here: 1) Campbell’s mascot is a Fighting Camel and I’m obsessed with it;
and 2), according to his biography on the Campbell site, Spencer’s father’s name is Clad? Dressed Packard? That is the name of an American folk hero and I refuse to believe otherwise. Anyway, Spencer himself isn’t that interesting because he’s probably more of a next-level 1B type, but he’s very interesting because he’s hit for both the average and the strength, although that’s only really gotten to him this past season. emerged when he reached 11 HR , slugging .675.
We got a direct report on Packard, actually, from Campbell alum and Kenmore native Grant Harris:
Well, we’d love to hear that!
Round Ten: South Georgia RHP Jordan Jackson
Another senior mark, Jackson was outstanding in 2019 for the Eagles, striking out a 1.57 ERA and nearly one batter per inning. This year, strikeouts went up, but so did his ERA. Jackson is six feet, though, so there’s literally a lot to work with here if the Mariners can fine-tune his arsenal.