posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 05:23 PM
SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners signed top draft pick Matt Tuiasosopo on Friday. Tuiasosopo, a graduate of Woodinville High School in suburban
Seattle, was selected in the third round of last month's draft, the 93rd overall pick. Seattle was without a selection in first or second round.
Contract details were not immediately available.
"We are very excited to get Matt signed and on the field," said Bob Fontaine, Mariners' vice president of scouting. "He is an excellent athlete with
outstanding baseball instincts and leadership skills."
Fontaine said Tuiasosopo will be assigned to the Peoria Mariners of the Arizona League.
The signing is a blow to the University of Washington football program. Tuiasosopo, a quarterback at Woodinville, had signed a letter-of-intent to
play for the Huskies and was considered the jewel of Washington's recruiting class.
Tuiasosopo's older brother, Marques, was a Rose Bowl-winning quarterback for Washington.
Playing shortstop at Woodinville, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Tuiasosopo hit .394, with five doubles, a home run and 14 RBIs in 23 games for the Falcons
this past season. Baseball America had rated Tuiasosopo as the top prospect in the state and the 60th best prospect in the draft.
Tuiasosopo comes from a family of athletic stars. Besides brother Marques, who now plays for the Oakland Raiders in the NFL, his father Manu played in
the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. An older sister, Leslie, was a volleyball standout at Washington.