Mariners must nail No. 6 pick

Under GM Jack Zduriencik and scouting director Tom McNamara the Seattle Mariners have drafted well. Among the selections that have made some sort of contributions in the majors include starting third baseman Kyle Seager, regular left fielder Dustin Ackley, starting shortstop Brad Miller (No. 62, 2011) starting catcher Mike Zunino (No. 3, 2012), two frontline starting pitchers in James Paxton (Rd. 4, 2010) and Taijuan Walker (Comp A, No. 43, 2010), with Stefen Romero (Rd. 12, 2010) and Dom Leone (Rd. 16, 2012) also seeing big-league time. Others include Stephen…

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Adjustments needed for Miller, Seager

The Seattle Mariners have not hit well in 2014. Since the opening series they have scored the fewest runs per game in all of Major League Baseball. There are a lot of reasons for it, but two of them are the struggles of Brad Miller and Kyle Seager, each of whom are significantly better than their current numbers suggest. Miller enters play Friday batting .183/.221/.341 with strikeouts in 30.2 percent of his plate appearances. His line drive rate is under 17 percent after he a solid 21.6 percent mark last…

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Gillespie call-up crowds outfield further

The Seattle Mariners continued to tinker with their roster on Thursday after optioning Erasmo Ramirez and Nick Franklin to the minor leagues and selecting the contract of outfielder Cole Gillespie. Franklin’s demotion to Triple-A was essentially procedural as he saw just 18 plate appearances since being called up on April 16th, while Ramirez is set to start in his regularly scheduled spot on Sunday, but for the Hi-A High Desert Mavericks instead after struggling in his last three starts. The interesting piece to this puzzle is Gillespie who joins Dustin…

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Erasmo Ramirez’s struggles

Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has struggled this season, tossing out two decent starts in five tries with three ugly ones standing out above all. The buzz Wednesday night was that Ramirez may be optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to work on things. True or not, it’s clear Ramirez hasn’t been what the Seattle Mariners have needed from their defacto No. 2 starter. It’s also clear why he’s struggled to such a degree. Felix Hernandez is among the game’s very best aces in baseball. Comparing Hernandez and Ramirez is unfair to both pitchers….

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Scouting Notes: Stanford’s Blandino, UW’s Brigham

Two weekends ago, I had the chance to take in a game between Stanford and Washington. I went on a Sunday, so I got to see the Huskies best prospect, Jeff Brigham, take on the Cardinal and potential first rounder Alex Blandino. Each player has obvious talent, and I jotted down a few notes about both over the course of the game. Jeff Brigham Washington’s Jeff Brigham didn’t stand out when I saw him last season, but he looks like a different guy in 2014. He attacks hitters with a fastball that sits…

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Could the M’s make room for Morales?

It’s no secret that the Seattle Mariners have been stuck in a rut recently and after being swept this weekend by the Miami Marlins, it may be time to shake things up a little bit. Certainly the M’s would be in a better position at the moment if their rotation wasn’t decimated by injuries, but their .225 team batting average is the third worst in all of baseball and is nearly an equal cause for concern. Yes, there’s an awful lot of season to be played, but if Seattle still…

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Top of draft remains unsettled

As soon as last June’s draft ended — perhaps even well before — the conversation about the class of 2014 started and ended with North Carolina State southpaw Carlos Rodon. He was the clear pre-season No. 1 and entered the season with the best chance to be taken off the board first when the Houston Astros select first for the third straight year. We’re about beyond the halfway point of the amateur season and only one thing is clear and that’s that the top of the draft is far from…

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ICYMI: 2014 Preview Edition

The 2014 Major League Baseball season is now underway as we’re several weeks into the season. The Seattle Mariners haven’t been able to continue their early success recently and find themselves fourth in the American League West with a 7-10 record as of Saturday night. If you haven’t had a chance to acquaint yourself with what to expect in the new baseball season, now is the perfect time to do so and Prospect Insider has you covered. As with every offseason, there’s been plenty of player movement and new faces in new…

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