The guy that Tom McNamara believed the Mariners had no chance of getting this spring became their first-round draft pick on Thursday night.

Seattle selected outfielder Kyle Lewis out of Mercer University with the No. 11 overall pick of Thursday’s Major League Baseball amateur draft.

It was an unexpected selection since MLB draft analysts and projections had Lewis going anywhere from picks Nos. 3 to 8. But just one pick can disrupt those projections, and somehow the Mariners and their director of amateur scouting got the player they never considered would be available.