The Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom
McNamara announced today that the club has signed 4th-round draft pick
catcher John Hicks out of the University of Virginia.

Hicks will report to the Mariners Single-A Clinton Lumberkings in the
Midwest League on Friday. The Mariners have now signed 32 of the 51
players selected in the 2011 June Draft.

Hicks was a three-year starter for Virginia, including starting all 68
games in 2011 (56 at catcher). He  hit .332 (92x277) with 52 runs scored
21 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs and 59 RBI as a junior in 2011. In 195
career games for the Cavaliers, Hicks batted .316 (245x775) with 54
doubles, 4 triples, 24 home runs and 146 RBI. Behind the plate, he threw
out over 42% of attempted base stealers (37 CS, 87 SB Att).

Seattle made 51 selections in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft,
highlighted by their first pick, left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen, who
was the 2nd overall pick in the draft. The Mariners selected 28 pitchers,
including 6 left-handers, 7 catchers, 9 infielders (3 1B, 2 2B, 3B, 3 SS),
and 7 outfielders. Seattle selected 38 college players and 13 high school
players.

Here is a look at the Mariners 2011 draft selections. Signed players are
listed in bold italic.