It was announced yesterday that the Seattle Mariners had reached a contract agreement with Carter Capps, a right-handed pitcher out of Mount Olive College, whom they selected with the 121st pick in this past June's draft.That draft selection — the lone choice in the Supplemental Third Round — was compensation for not signing 2010 draftee Ryne Stanek, who chose to go to Kentucky rather than sign with the M's.
Capps — who has touched 96-97 in front of scouts, but typically sits 92-93—had a fantastic final collegiate season, throwing a no-hitter, going 14-1 with two saves, posting a 1.75 ERA and a 7.2 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Trojans.
He continued that success for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League, winning the team's Outstanding Pitcher award striking out 24 and only walking one in 14 relief appearances in the regular season. He was an All-Star as well, where he struck out the side in his one inning of work. The Harwich Mariners are still active in the Cape Cod postseason and Capps started and won a game for them there, throwing six innings and allowing only one run.
"Capps showed one of the best pure arms on the Cape," Scout.com's National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere said.
"He was consistently able to command his fastball and work up around 95-96 MPH. There's a demeanor that a lot of scouts like and he goes at hitters very aggressively."
The Mariners said that Capps will report to the Single-A Clinton Lumber Kings.
The team has yet to sign first round pick Danny Hultzen, second rounder Bradley Miller or third rounder Kevin Cron. The signing deadline is August 15, 2011 at Midnight Eastern time.