RHP David Rhodes, 40th round (1,198th overall) - Seattle Mariners
With their 40th round (1,198th overall) pick, the Seattle Mariners have selected RHP David Rhodes.
Hometown: White Rock, BC
Height/Weight: 6’ 2” 175 lbs.
College Commitment: Washington Huskies
Teams: Langley Blaze, Seattle Select
Coaches: Jamie Bodaly and Doug Mathieson, Dave Snell and Paul Gehring.
Past Teams: Baseball Northwest, Kansas City Royals Scout Team, Pacific Northwest Regional Royal, Inside Pitch Bellingham, Whalley Warriors (Babe Ruth)
Past coaches: Shawn Whalen, Trevor Leland, Frank Mariner and Mark Deshane.
The most influential person in my baseball life besides my dad, Mike: coach Dave Snell.
Good genes: Father Mike played Junior B Hockey in Alberta.
Perfect Game (2017 West MLK championship)
In what was a slightly delayed day around the greater Glendale area, action picked back up at Sierra Linda High School. RHP pitcher David Rhodes (2018, White Rock, BC), a Washington commit, took to the mound for Pacific Northwest Regional and fired an impressive 3 1/3 scoreless innings on the mound. Rhodes has a very projectable frame on the mound, listed at 6-foot-2, 180-lbs. with long limbs and lots of room to fill out. He pitched with a short, compact arm action, slightly higher back elbow, and threw from a 3/4 arm slot. His arm worked quickly and well through the back before exploding downhill with a slightly closed landing.
Rhodes generated short arm-side life to his fastball that worked in the upper-80s and touched 89 mph a pair of times, he also held the velocity well. He used a drop and drive element with an average stride down the mound and was fairly balanced despite some effort at release. He also mixed in a hard breaking curve ball with 12-to-6 shape at 76 mph with good depth and late bite out of the zone. He rounded a breaking ball off as well with 11-to-5 shape that showed some slider tendencies at 79 mph only once in the game. Overall the outing was highly impressive, working both sides of the plate and showing present feel to spin.
2018 season: Was 88-90 mph at North Vancouver showcase.
2017 season: Pitched for KC Royals Scout team at Area Code Games with a scoreless performance, with 3 1/3 scoreless at MLK West, allowing three hits and striking out seven.
2017 Honours: PG Preseason Underclassmen All American Third Team ... Perfect Game West MLK championship (Upperclass) all-tournament team ... All Tournament Team Pacific Northwest Regional Royal
2016 Honours: PG Preseason Underclassmen All American Teams Preseason Underclass ... WWBA World Championship Baseball Northwest All Tournament Team