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Mariners pick Yelm High pitcher Parker McFadden in 20th round

YHS Grad Parker_McFadden
Photo credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian

– “Mariners pick Yelm’s Parker McFadden in 20th round”
“It wasn’t as high as projected, but Yelm’s Parker McFadden was selected in the 20th round.

And by the Seattle Mariners, no less.

The right-hander played most his games the past four years about 60 miles southwest of Safeco Field at Yelm High School.”

“Yelm coach Brady Hoover had said multiple times that he believed McFadden might go in the first five rounds,” quoting TJ Cotterill, Tacoma News Tribune.
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– From Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times:
“Perhaps the most interesting selection was high school right-hander Parker McFadden out of Yelm High School. Obviously, the small town in the South Puget Sound area isn’t a baseball hotbed, but McFadden was the top high-school prospect in the state. He has a fastball that touches 98 mph and was rated as the No. 81 prospect by Baseball America in its top 200.

McFadden was considered to be a third- to fifth-round talent. So why did he fall to the 20th round? Well, signability issues. McFadden is committed to Washington State. A source said McFadden and his family wanted top-five round slot money if drafted, but many teams weren’t willing to go that high for a high-school pitcher who still needs to develop his secondary pitches. It seems unlikely the Mariners would have enough money available with the draft pool limitation to sign him for that much. But maybe they can be creative.

‘Well, I can’t get into the signability part, but we know him pretty well and he’s got a good arm,’ McNamara said. ‘I kind of just sat back in my chair and said, ‘Hey, this kid is in our backyard, let’s take him and see what happens.’ He’s a good kid and has got a good arm. I’ll keep it simple: ‘We’re glad we drafted him.’”

McNamara watched McFadden on numerous occasions.

‘I saw him pitch this year at Yelm High School and we had a private workout toward the end,’ he said. ‘We’ve had our Northwest workouts in the summer, the Area Code games, so I’ve seen a lot of him. He’s got a pretty good arm. He’s put together. We just wanted to draft him and see where it goes.'”
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– UPDATE: June 12, 2015
“Yelm’s McFadden says he’ll turn down Seattle”

“Parker McFadden said he’ll pass on signing with the Seattle Mariners.

The right-hander who played most his games the past four years about 60 miles southwest of Safeco Field at Yelm High School was drafted by the Mariners in the 20th round of the MLB draft on Wednesday.

But he told Greg Johns of MLB.com that he plans to, instead, head to Washington State University and attempt to increase his draft stock.

“I think I’ll honor my commitment (to WSU),” McFadden said. “It was going to depend on where I was drafted. I think my signability was too high. I can get more mature and increase my stock a little bit, develop more quality pitches,'” by TJ Cotterill, Tacoma News Tribune.
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Posted by Steve on June 10, 2015 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

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