Ford is a great choice for Seattle. If there is any doubt about Jerry DePoto’s philosophy for dominating the strike zone, Sunday should make it clear. If Young’s 2.2/1 BB/K ratio wasn’t enough to convince you, or Locklear’s 78 Ks to 121 BBs in college, how about Ford’s 126 strike to just 30 walkers this season for Pace High School in Florida. He only gave up 10 runs over 70.1 runs for Pace for one era.
Ford’s best pitch is his fastball, which hits 96 at times. He also has two different sliders in his arsenal. He has one that starts in the zone and goes out of the zone and starts in the zone and moves within it.
His control isn’t as consistent as it can be and perhaps one of the biggest reasons he’s available to the lady at number 74 in the first place, but if he can consistently throw strikes, the sky’s the limit. For a 17 year old. “He has an electric arm, is very athletic, and has a real big climb,” said Scott Hunter, director of scouting for the Mariners. “It will probably take a while to harness the speed at which his stuff is advancing, but it’s exciting to get a young player starting at the lower levels of our organization.”
Ford pledged to Alabama hit and ball; That doesn’t seem to be on the table in Seattle, but it’s something to think about if MLB reverses course in DH.
Ford is another man who would potentially lengthen the sailors’ window. Based on Hunter’s comments and how young he is (he was four days away from his birth in 2005. That doesn’t seem possible), it looks like he’ll be working his way through the mansion for a few years. It’s entirely possible that his arrival in Seattle will coincide with the next wave of expectations that include Harry Ford (no relation), Edwin Arroyo, and now Cole Young as well. Ford is a car that Mariners fans can easily dream of.
“We really depend on the athlete and the pure arm talent of our fencing players to take under their wings and develop,” Hunter said. “But the ingredients are all there.”
Scott Hunter expressed confidence that all three players selected in today’s draft should sign without much difficulty. As for Ford, he actually changed his Twitter profile picture to the Mariners Rose S’s Compass (he named him an affiliate). Tweet embed).
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