Mariners select high school shortstop Cole Young in first round

The Mariners enter the high school ranks with the team’s first overall pick in the MLB draft. Seattle picks shortstop Cole Young with 21st pick in first

The Mariners enter the high school ranks with the team’s first overall pick in the MLB draft. Seattle selects shortstop Cole Young with 21st pick.

Young played for North Allegheny High School in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. He hit .428 with 11 homers and 64 RBI over 73 games in his high school career. The 18-year-old meets left-handers.

Scott Hunter, director of amateur scouting for the Mariners, says the M’s scouts raved about Young.

“This kid has brute strength, but it’s a kid who won’t give up on punches. He uses the whole field. “We think as this racquet matures, he’ll surpass his performance metrics because he’s such an advanced hitter.”

Young has been ranked as a top 20 prospect by numerous websites.

It is the second year in a row that Seattle has selected a high schooler in the first round. Last year the catcher took Harry Ford with the 12th overall.

Young signed on to play baseball for Duke.

In the second round, Seattle picked up VCU third baseman Tyler Locklear with the 58th overall pick.

The 21-year-old has just completed his second year as a redshirt. In 62 games this season, Locklear hit .402 with 20 homers and 78 RBI. Locklear holds the VCU record for single-season home runs and RBI with this year’s totals.

Mariners then returned in the competitive scoring round B, selecting pitcher Walter Ford with the 74th pick overall. Ford just finished his senior year at Pace High School in Florida.

LOCAL IN DRAFT

Bainbridge Island JR Ritchie finished 35th overall to the Atlanta Braves. Ritchie starred in the KING 5 prep zone this spring. He is committed to UCLA.

Toutle Lake’s Jackson Cox goes to Colorado in the second round for 50th overall. He’s a pitcher dedicated to the Oregon Ducks.

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Emma Bowman

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