Major League Baseball’s 2011 First Year Player Draft kicks off on Monday, June 6th, and the Seattle Mariners once again own the No. 2 overall selection. Teams can really set themselves up for a future of winning with the right draft choice: it is often the least expensive route for getting the best player available for a long tenure of team control.

Most teams have both struck gold and struck out with their picks over the years, but the key to success is limiting the bad and maximizing the good. With that in mind, let’s look back at the 11 best draft picks in Mariners franchise history.

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