2016 MLB Draft: Day 2 – Live Blog

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On the first day of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft yesterday, the Mariners selected OF Kyle Lewis from Mercer University with the 11th overall pick and INF Joe Rizzo out of Oakton High School (Oak Hill, VA) with the 50th overall selection.

Stay up-to-date with all of the Mariners selections in rounds 3-10 on Day 2 of the draft with our live blog.

10th Round | 297th Overall

David Greer| INF | Arizona State | Junior
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 209
Born: 7/4/95 | Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Infielder David Greer was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 10th round (297th overall) out of Arizona State University. As a junior in 2016, Greer hit .344 (77×224) with 49 runs, 23 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs, 43 RBI, 38 walks and 4 stolen bases. Greer earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors in 2016. Greer was also named to the Louisville Slugger All-America Third Team this season. On March 6 Greer made his first career appearance on the mound vs. Eastern Michigan and finished the season with a record of 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA (2 ER, 2.1 IP) in 3 games. Greer led the Sun Devils to a 2-1 win in 14 innings at Cal State Fullerton on March 9, going 3-for-6 at the plate with the go-ahead home run in the top of the 14th and tossing 2.0 scoreless innings in relief to earn his first career win. Greer has appeared at five different positions for Arizona State this season (1B, 2B, 3B, LF, P). While playing at Desert Mountain High School (Scottsdale, AZ), Greer was a three-time All-State selection, including being named to the first team following his senior season in 2013.

Arizona State Bio
ASU Baseball: David Greer’s hot bat continues to shine with increased opportunity | Cronkite Sports

 

9th Round | 267th Overall

Jason Goldstein| C | University of Illinois | Senior
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 195
Born: 3/9/94 | Hometown: Highland Park, IL

Catcher Jason Goldstein was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 9th round (267th overall) out of the University of Illinois. As a senior in 2016, Goldstein hit .312 (53×170) with 17 runs, 5 doubles, 4 home runs, 29 RBI and 16 walks. Goldstein led the Illini in batting (.312), on-base percentage (.402) and RBI (29) in 2016. Goldstein finished his senior campaign with 15 multi-hit games – 2nd-most on the Illini – as well as a team-best seven 3-hit games.

Goldstein was also selected in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Goldstein is majoring in industrial engineering at the University of Illinois. Goldstein was named to the Under Armour Preseason All-America team in 2010 and 2011 while at Highland Park High School (Highland Park, IL).

His father, Scott, played football at Grinnell College. His brother, Tyler, was a pitcher at Johns Hopkins University from 2011-2014.

University of Illinois Bio
MLB Draft prospect Jason Goldstein ready for one more season with Illinois baseball | Chicago Tribune
Highland Park grad Jason Goldstein chooses Illinois over MLB | Chicago Tribune

 

8th Round | 237th Overall

Nick Zammarelli | UTL | Elon University | Junior
Bats: Left | Throws: Right
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 193
Born: 7/30/94 | Hometown: Lincoln, RI

Utility player Nick Zammarelli was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 8th Round (237th overall) out of Elon University (Elon, NC). As a junior in 2016, Zammarelli  hit .342 (76×222) with 56 runs, 24 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs, 51 RBI, 33 walks and 10 stolen bases. In 2015, Zammarelli was named to the Cape Cod League All-Star team. Zammarelli was also selected in the 28th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Zammarelli is majoring in sport and event management at Elon University. Zammarelli was a four-year letterwinner at Lincoln High School (Lincoln, RI).

His father, Nick, played baseball at College of the Holy Cross.

Elon University Bio
McGair: Lincoln’s Zammarelli used ’13 draft status as fuel to bolster MLB prospects | Pawtucket Times

 

7th Round | 207th Overall

Matt Festa| RHP | East Stroudsburg University | Senior
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 195
Born: Unknown | Hometown: Staten Island, NY

Right-handed pitcher Matt Festa was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 7th round (207th overall) out of East Stroudsburg University (East Stroudsburg, PA). As a redshirt-senior in 2016, Festa was 11-2 with a 2.35 ERA (23 ER, 88.0 IP) in 13 starts with 105 strikeouts and 21 walks. Festa posted 9 complete games, including 2 shutouts for the Warriors this season. In 2016, Festa set East Stroudsburg single-season records for starts (13), wins (11), complete games (9), innings (88.0) and strikeouts (105). Festa was tabbed as one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Brett Tomko Award, presented annually to the nation’s top Division II pitcher, on May 23. Festa collected numerous accolades following the 2016 season: Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year and First-Team selection, American Baseball Coaches Association All-American 2nd Team and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II All-America third team.

Festa transferred to East Stroudsburg from Dominican College (Orangeburg, NY) following the 2013 season. Festa is majoring in business management at East Stroudsburg.

East Stroudsburg Bio

 

6th Round | 177th Overall

Brandon Miller| RHP | Millersville University| Sophomore
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 195
Born: Unknown | Hometown: Ephrata, Pa.

Right-handed pitcher Brandon Miller was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 6th round (117th overall) out of Millersville University (Millersville, PA). As a sophomore in 2016, Miller was 12-2 with a 1.42 ERA (17 ER, 107.2 IP) in 15 starts with 115 strikeouts and 13 walks. Miller posted 8 complete games, including 3 shutouts for the Marauders this season while limiting opponents to a .166 (63×380) average against. Miller was named to 2016 Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America first-team. On May 23, Miller was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the Brett Tomko Award, presented annually to the nation’s top Division II pitcher. Miller was named the consensus All-Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year on May 19. Miller is majoring in applied engineering and technology management at Millersville.

Miller won 12 games in 2015, tying the Division II lead and the Millersville single-season record. Miller finished 2015 with a 12-2 record with a 2.48 ERA (24 ER, 87.0 IP) while winning 11 consecutive starts. Miller was one of two Division II players on the Cape Cod League All-Star rosters in 2015.

Millersville Bio
Millersville’s Brandon Miller impresses in Cape Cod League | Lancaster Online
Miller shining in Cape Cod League | The Ephrata Review

 

5th Round | 147th Overall

Donnie Walton | INF | Oklahoma State | Senior
Bats: Switch | Throws: Right
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 174
Born: 5/25/94 | Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Shortstop Donnie Walton was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 5th round (147th overall) out of Oklahoma State University. As a senior in 2016, Walton hit .350 (78×223) with 44 runs, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 43 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 59 games/57 starts. Walton is a three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection (2014, 2015 & 2016), the first player in Oklahoma State history to accomplish this feat. In 219 career games with the Cowboys, Walton is a .318 hitter with 44 doubles, 11 home runs and 135 RBIs. Walton holds the Oklahoma State record with 55 sacrifice bunts, which ranks 7th all-time in NCAA history. After driving in the only run of the 2015 Cape Cod League All-Star Game, Walton was named East MVP of the game.

Walton was also selected in the 36th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the New York Mets out of Bishop Kelley High School (Tulsa, OK). Walton was also selected in the 23rd round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Oklahoma State University. Walton is majoring in sports management at Oklahoma State University. (Note: Oklahoma State will face South Carolina in the Columbia Super Regional beginning tomorrow, Saturday, June 11).

His father, Robert (RHP), was a 25th round selection in the 1986 Draft by Baltimore out of Oklahoma State University and appeared in the minor leagues with the Orioles over 3 seasons. His father, Robert, is currently Oklahoma State’s pitching coach. His brother, Davis, was an offensive tackle at Tulsa University from 2012-2014.

Oklahoma State Bio
Donnie Walton’s outstanding baseball career has Tulsa roots | Tulsa World

 

4th Round | 117th Overall

Thomas Burrows| LHP | Alabama | Junior
Bats: Left | Throws: Left
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 225
Born: 9/14/94 | Hometown: Florence, AL

Left-handed pitcher Thomas Burrows was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 4th round (117th overall) out of the University of Alabama. As a junior in 2016, Burrows was 2-1 with a 0.95 ERA (3 ER, 28.1 IP) with 12 saves. In 21 appearances out of the bullpen for Alabama this season, Burrows struck out 41 and walked 9 while holding opponents to a .179 (19×106) average against. Burrows is Alabama’s all-time career saves leader with 30. On April 28, Burrows was named one of 40 finalists for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award. After going 4-2 with a 2.15 ERA (9 ER, 37.2 IP) with 11 saves in his freshman campaign in 2014, Burrows was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team as well as the Freshman All-American Team by both Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA. Burrows is majoring in finance at the University of Alabama.

Alabama Bio
Burrows claims an Alabama baseball record | The Crimson White

 

3rd Round | 87th Overall

Bryson Brigman | INF | University of San Diego | Sophomore
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 180
Born: 6/19/95 | Hometown: San Jose, CA

Shortstop Bryson Brigman was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 3rd round (87th overall) out of the University of San Diego. As a sophomore in 2016, Brigman hit .372 (71×191) with 31 runs, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 22 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 47 games/47 starts. After his recently-complete sophomore season, Brigman was named to the All-West Coast Conference First-Team for the second consecutive season. Brigman recorded 22 multi-hit games and 4 multi-RBI games for the Toreros this season. Brigman is the only player to appear on three world championship teams for USA Baseball, earning a 16-and-under championship in 2011 and back-to-back titles with the 18-and-under team in 2012 and 2013. Brigman was also selected in the 40th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics out of Valley Christian High School (San Jose, CA).

University of San Diego Bio
Toreros shortstop Bryson Brigman a rising star
| San Diego Union-Tribune
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