MLB Draft: Seattle Mariners select OSU's Kaden Polcovich in third round
STILLWATER — Kaden Polcovich’s dream is one step closer to reality.
Polcovich, a Deer Creek High School graduate who starred at Oklahoma State this spring, was drafted in the third round at No. 78 overall by the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.
Polcovich is expected to sign with the Mariners instead of returning to Stillwater. The draft bonus for the 78th pick is $793,000.
“If I was picked in the five rounds, then definitely for sure,” Polcovich told The Oklahoman last week when asked if he would sign a pro contract.
A 5-foot-8, 180-pound switch hitter, Polcovich was a star shortstop at Deer Creek. He went undrafted out of high school, turning down the Royals’ bid to draft and sign him. Instead, he went to Kentucky, but was dismissed before playing one game.
He transferred to Northwest Florida State, a junior college near Destin, and found his way. Last summer, he starred in the Cape Cod League, playing for former OSU coach Tom Holliday.
Polcovich played just 18 games for the Cowboys, leading the team in four offensive categories. He batted .344 with two home runs, five doubles, two triples, 21 RBIs and 22 walks. He also stole eight bases and struck out just 10 times.
Polcovich was named an All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
He is the son of former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kevin Polcovich.