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M's grab two more college pitchers

The Mariners drafted two college pitchers with their third and fourth round selections.

In the third round, Seattle took Aaron Pribanic, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound right-hander from Nebraska with the 98th overall pick.

Here's the scouting report:

Fastball: Pribanic threw his fastball up to 94 mph.

Fastball movement: It's a relatively straight fastball.

Slider: It was average, on occasion, and he threw it in the 80-81 mph range.

Curve: It's a below-average offering.

Changeup: He showed an average changeup in this start.

Control: He's got pretty good command, especially of his fastball.

Poise: He had outstanding poise and competed very well.

Physical Description: Pribanic is a big and strong right-hander who uses a big Nolan Ryan-like leg kick.

Medical Update: Healthy.

Strengths: Arm strength that allows for a fastball up to 94 mph; he shows the ability to throw three average pitches.

Weaknesses: His fastball is straight; he doesn't have a long track record of success and is used only as Nebraska's Sunday pitcher.

Summary: A junior college transfer, Pribanic has opened some eyes this spring as Nebraska's Sunday starter. With a big leg kick, he's run his fastball up to 94 mph and shown the ability to throw an average changeup and slider. A strong competitor, he doesn't have much of a track record to go from, but if he pitches this well all season, that won't matter.

Right-handed pitcher Steven Hensley of Elon University was the M's fourth-round pick (No. 132 overall). Hensley is listed at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds.

Hensley (pictured below) was picked as the Southern Conference's pitcher of the year. The native of Asheville, N.C., was 9-1 with a 3.52 ERA.