ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Mariners concluded the final day of the 2014 Major League Baseball amateur draft by making 30 picks — rounds 11 through 40 — on Saturday.
And among those 30 picks were more than a few players with local ties.
In the 18th round, the Mariners took left-handed pitcher Nick Kiel out of Bellevue College. Kiel was a first team All-WesCo player at Jackson High School in Mill Creek. This season for Bellevue, Kiel went 7-4 with a 1.81 ERA in 12 starts, striking out a team-high 95 batters in 741/3 innings pitched. Kiel has signed a letter of intent to play for Missouri next season.
In the 26th round, the Mariners took junior shortstop Taylor Smart out of the University of Tennessee. Smart was an All-SPSL player for Tahoma High School in Maple Valley. After two seasons at Western Nevada College, Smart transferred to Tennessee. In his first season in the SEC, Smart hit .292 (54 for 185) with 37 runs scored, 14 extra-base hits and 29 RBI in 53 games with the Volunteers.
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The Mariners took left-handed pitcher Andrew Summerville out of Seattle’s Lakeside High School in the 34th round. Summerville was named the Metro League most valuable player, while earning West Region All-American second-team honors and was a member of the Star Times team. Summerville may never see a Mariners uniform. He has signed a letter of intent with Stanford and made it clear before the draft that he plans to go to college.
Three rounds later, the Mariners took a Stanford player, selecting right-handed pitcher Sam Lindquist, who went 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA in 14 relief appearances with the Cardinal during his senior season. A native of Mercer Island, Lindquist was a standout for Eastside Catholic. His younger brother, Jeff, is a quarterback at the University of Washington.
Seattle selected a pair of players out of Oregon State — this year’s Pac-12 champions. They drafted second baseman/shortstop Andy Peterson in the 27th round and third baseman Kavin Keyes in the 38th round.
Peterson, who hails from La Palma, Calif., hit .237 (49 for 207) with 42 runs scored, 10 extra-base hits and 14 RBI as a junior for OSU. Keyes, who is from Sandy, Utah, hit .329 (50 for 152) with 22 runs scored, 10 extra-base hits and 23 RBI in 43 games in his senior season.
Of their 40 picks, the Mariners drafted 31 college players and nine who are in high school. They drafted 21 pitchers (nine left-handers) and 19 position players. Of the position players, there were nine infielders (one first baseman, two second basemen, five shortstops and a third baseman) and five outfielders.
• Michael Saunders met with the Tampa team doctors Saturday to have his sore right shoulder looked at for precautionary reasons. Saunders injured the shoulder while swinging in Friday night’s loss to the Rays. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Saunders was considered “day to day.” As for the doctor’s prognosis?
“I haven’t heard anything,” he said. “If it was something serious, they would have told me.”
• It appears that McClendon may stick with Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 6.82 ERA) for one more start. The Mariners have listed Ramirez as the probable starter for Monday. There had been some consideration of having a reliever start or calling up right-hander Taijuan Walker, who is scheduled to make a rehab start on the same day.
• Cole Gillespie’s solo home run was his first of the season and his first since Sept. 28, 2011 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats.
• In his last three saves, closer Fernando Rodney has not allowed a base runner, retiring all nine of the batters he has faced with four strikeouts. His 17 saves are tied for most in the American League with Kansas City’s Greg Holland.