On the second day of the Major League Baseball draft, the Seattle Mariners honed in on position players, taking a varied group of hitters they hope will emerge as bright lights from a generally low-rated field of prospects.
The Mariners' first pick of the day was shortstop Joe DeCarlo from Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, Pa., in the second round (No. 64 overall). The 5-foot-10, 205-pound DeCarlo, committed to the University of Georgia, is the 287th-ranked prospect by Baseball America -- No. 57 among high school players.
"He's a good-looking hitter, a physical kid," M's scouting director Tom McNamara said. "We're very happy he was there."
McNamara also is high on Washington State junior Taylor Ard, taken in the seventh round.
The Vancouver, Wash., native was an All-Pac-12 player after hitting .332 with 12 home runs (third in the conference). The 6-1, 235-pound first baseman recently caught McNamara's eye when he hit a home run off Stanford ace Mark Appel.
"It's always a nice, lasting impression to hit a ball out against one of the best pitchers in the country," McNamara said. "He knows the strike zone and can drive a baseball."
Colorado Landed WSU outfielder Derek Jones in the eighth round.
Jones, from Snohomish, batted a team-best .335 with nine homers and 45 RBIs in his senior season at WSU.
Other Northwest picks
In the sixth round, the Diamondbacks drafted Washington third baseman Jacob Lamb, while the Rangers grabbed Gonzaga outfielder Royce Bolinger. ... The Reds picked up Oregon State pitcher Matt Boyd in the 13th round.