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Mariners sign second-round draft pick Raben

I should have mentioned it last night. But I saw Dennis Raben hanging out around the clubhouse before and after the game. And now today he signed with the Mariners.

Remember he walked six times in one game earlier this season, which is more than Betancourt, who as five all season, has accumulated in 80 games.

Here's the release from the Mariners


Mariners have signed 6 of their top 8 selection and 31 picks overall

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Seattle Mariners Vice President of Scouting Bob Fontaine announced today that the Mariners have signed outfielder Dennis Raben, the club's second-round selection (66th overall) in the 2008 June Daft. The Mariners have now signed 31 of their 50 selections from the Draft, including 14 of their top 20 selections.

Raben, 20, was hampered this year by an early season injury, but still hit .292 with 51 runs and 51 RBI in 53 games this season at the University of Miami. For Raben, 24 of his 56 hits went for extra bases (14 doubles, 10 home runs). He helped lead Miami to the College World Series, but Hurricanes were ousted by Stanford on June 19. Raben walked six times on June 8 vs. Arizona, tying an NCAA record previously set by Oklahoma State's Josh Holliday on May 29, 1999.

A native of Hollywood, FL, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Raben played three seasons with the Hurricanes, collecting 30 career home runs, 39 doubles and 131 RBI in 173 games. Raben also appeared in 20 games as a left-handed relief pitcher his freshman and sophomore years, posting a 1-2 mark with a pair of saves.

Raben played and had success for three different high schools, including playing his senior season at Ft. Lauderdale's St. Thomas Aquinas High School, his sophomore and junior years at Hollywood Hills and his freshman year at Grandview Prep. He never lost a game as a pitcher in high school and was the team MVP each season. Raben was selected in the 49th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by Seattle, but elected to attend college instead of signing.

Raben will now begin his professional career with the Everett AquaSox, the Mariners Short-A affiliate in the Northwest League.

Seattle made 50 selections in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, highlighted by their first pick, right-handed pitcher Josh Fields, who was the 20th overall pick in the draft. The Mariners selected 29 pitchers, including 5 left-handers, 8 infielders, 5 catchers and 8 outfielders. Overall Seattle selected 11 high school players and 39 college players.