Meet the Newest Mariners Edwin Diaz & Tyler Pike

Right-handed pitcher Edwin Diaz and left-handed pitcher Tyler Pike signed on the dotted line today to officially become a Seattle Mariner. The Mariners have now signed 27 of the team’s first 30 picks, including 9 players in the first 10 rounds of the draft. Overall the Mariners have agreed to terms with 29 of the 41 players selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Mariners 3rd-round draft picks RHP Edwin Diaz (left) and LHP Tyler Pike (right).

Diaz, 18, out of Caguas Military Academy in Caguas, Puerto Rico was the Mariners third-round (98th overall) selection. He was rated as the 75th prospect by Baseball America heading into the draft, including the 4th-ranked prospect out of Puerto Rico. His cousin, Jose Melendez, pitched in the big leagues for parts of five seasons in the 1990s for Seattle (1990), San Diego (1991-92) and Boston (1993-94).

Pike, 18, went 8-2 with a 0.51 ERA (6 ER, 82.0 IP) while striking out 134 batters in 82.0 innings during his senior season at Winter Haven (FL) High School. He also batted .360 (36×100) with 20 runs scored, 12 extra-base hits and 21 RBI as an outfielder. He was the Mariners third-round supplemental selection (126th overall).

Both Diaz and Pike will report to the Mariners Rookie affiliate in the Arizona League.  Before Diaz and Pike head south to the Mariners Player Development complex in Peoria, Ariz., we caught up with them in the dugout at Safeco Field to ask some hard-hitting questions:

Q&A with Edwin Diaz:
Who is your baseball role model?
I have always idolized my cousin, Jose Melendez, who pitched in the Major Leagues. And I really like watching Felix!
What was the feeling when you were draft?
I was really excited and happy. It was a dream come true.
What team did you follow most growing up?
I followed the Yankees, but the Mariners are my favorite team now.
Favorite baseball number?
I have always liked wearing No. 44.
Do you have any baseball superstitions?
I always wear a long-sleeve undershirt, no matter how hot it is, and pull the sleeves up a little bit.

Q&A with Tyler Pike:
Anything special about draft day?
I was actually drafted on the same day I graduated from high school. It was a pretty eventful day.
What college did you plan on attending?
I signed to play baseball at Florida State University. I will be rooting for them in the College World Series this weekend.
Who is your baseball role model?
Clayton Kershaw
Is there a pitcher that you think you compare to in the Major Leagues?
I think I am a lot like Joe Saunders (Arizona Diamondbacks). He hits his spots, is competitive on the mound…I just really like the way he pitches.
What is your favorite baseball number?
I have always worn No. 10. That’s the number my Dad wore when he played in the Cleveland Indians organization.
What was your favorite baseball team growing up?
I always liked the Angels, but now they will be rivals. I am going to love wearing the Mariners uniform.
Any favorite Mariners, past or present?
Pat Borders played for the Mariners, and he was my pitching coach in high school. His son, Levi, was also drafted this year (11th round by Atlanta).
What will be your first purchase now that you are a professional baseball player?
My brother and I are going to get a duck hunting boat.

Short-A Everett will begin action on Friday, June 15 at Tri-City. Rookie Pulaski Mariners season gets under way on Tuesday, June 19 vs. Burlington, while Rookie Peoria Mariners begin play on Wednesday, June 20 vs. the AZL Padres.

The Mariners first round selection catcher Mike Zunino from the University of Florida is currently playing in the College World Series. The Gators, the No. 1 overall seed, begin play on Saturday vs. the University of South Carolina.

Seattle selected 41 players in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, highlighted by their first pick, catcher Mike Zunino, who was the 3rd overall pick in the draft. The Mariners selected 20 pitchers, including 6 left-handers, 3 catchers, 13 infielders (3 1B, 3 2B, 1 3B, 6 SS), and 5 outfielders. Seattle selected 26 college players and 15 high school players.

Seattle has until Friday, July 13 at 2 p.m. (PT) to sign players selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Here is a list of the Mariners 2012 draft pick signings and where they will start their professional careers:

INF Patrick Kivlehan (4th)
INF Chris Taylor (5th)
INF Taylor Ard (7th)
INF Jamodrick McGruder (9th)
RHP Grady Wood (10th)
OF Michael Faulkner (12th)
RHP Blake Hauser (13th)
RHP Dominic Leone (16th)
LHP Steven Ewing (20th)
LHP Scott DeCecco (21st)
RHP Matt Vedo (24th)
RHP Mark Bordonaro (25th)

INF Brock Hebert (14th)
OF Dario Pizzano (15th)
OF Jabari Henry (18th)
LHP Nate Koneski (19th)
RHP Levi Dean (23rd)
LHP Blake Holovach (27th)
RHP Matt Brazis (28th)
C Toby Demello (29th)

INF Joe DeCarlo (2nd)
RHP Edwin Diaz (3rd)
LHP Tyler Pike (3rd-A)
INF Tim Lopes (6th)
INF Kristian Brito (11th)
INF Gabrial Franca (22nd)
RHP Aaron Brooks (26th)
LHP Rusty Shellhorn (31st)
INF Richard Palase (32nd)
RHP Aaron Brooks (26th)

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