Needham was drafted in the 40th round by the Mariners. It’s unlikely that he’ll sign with them.
3B Zach Needham (Puyallup) Seattle Mariners
Needham was selected in the 40th round (1,203 overall) after the Puyallup High School graduate recently earned the NWAC player of the year with Edmonds Community College, leading the conference with 10 home runs (just ahead of former Puyallup teammate Quinn Rawson’s eight homers).
Though it will be tough for the 6-foot-3, 210 pound former Puyallup shortstop to pass up on his scholarship to play for the University of Houston next year. He had a scholarship to play at the University of Washington out of high school before choosing to go to Edmonds so he could get more playing time.
“He’s a really projectable guy with a pretty high ceiling,” Wiese said. “I thought he was going to go higher than he did.”