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Nook Nacks — May 30

I had a delightful Memorial Day weekend, and I hope you did too. I barbecued and went to the beach and played with this great, genius dog named Jamo He’s easily a 7-8 WAR (Wags Above Replacement) dog, and he’s aging like Chipper Jones. A very good boy, indeed. Memorial Day is also the unofficial point of the baseball season where I stop citing small sample sizes and start thinking that what we see might be what we get. Some of these players below are just starting to heat up,…

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Draft Watch: Regionals Weekend

Corvallis: Oregon State, UNLV, UC Irvine, North Dakota State The top-ranked Beavers were rewarded with a pretty soft field of competition, and getting to the Super Regionals should be a cakewalk for them. Michael Conforto is the clear top prospect in this pool, and arguably the best pure hitter in all of college baseball, although he cooled off a bit at the end of the season. If UNLV’s Eric Fedde had not gone down with Tommy John this would have been a lot more interesting matchup, but the Fedde-less Rebels…

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M’s add Nady on minor league deal

The Seattle Mariners picked up journeyman outfielder and occasional first baseman Xavier Nady on a minor league deal on Tuesday according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. He became a free agent two weeks ago after being designated for assignment by the San Diego Padres who had signed him to a minor league deal prior to the start of the 2014 season. In 42 plate appearances with the Padres this year, Nady owns a .135/.238/.405 line and an 82 wRC+. He also has hit three home runs on the year, two…

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James Paxton needs more time

TACOMA, Wash. — Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton made his first rehab start Saturday on his path back to the active roster and while the end-result was encouraging — despite a poor final line — it’s clear he’s not ready to return from the disabled list just yet. That fact should not be surprising, though, since he’s been out six weeks and is basically going through another spring training right now. Paxton threw 62 pitches, 38 for strikes, sitting 90-91 mph with his fastball, touching 92 on a number of…

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PCL Notes: Franklin, Montero, Blash, Spruill

I went down to Tacoma Monday night to watch the Rainiers take on the Reno Aces. The game was light on high ceiling talent without Nick Franklin, but there were still a few players who caught my eye, and I finally feel like I’ve seen Jabari Blash enough to weigh in on his progress as well. Below are a couple of notes from the last few nights I’ve made it out to the ballpark. Zeke Spruill Reno started Zeke Spruill, a twenty-four year old righty who made his deubt with the Diamondbacks late…

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Finding playing time for Nick Franklin

Nearly one month after being sent down to Triple-A after a brief stint with the big league club, Nick Franklin finds himself back in a Seattle Mariner uniform once again after Corey Hart hit the disabled list. The top prospect has already managed to make his presence felt in the lineup during Tuesday’s 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers, going 2-3 with a run scored and a run batted in. The right-hander was also hit by a pitch and stole a base while taking Hart’s place as the designated hitter role. As we heard the last time…

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Replacing Corey Hart

Seattle Mariners DH/RF Corey Hart may be headed for the disabled list with a sore hamstring. If that occurs, the club will have a few options to replace the veteran on the 25-man roster. The obvious one is Nick Franklin, who has played a few innings in the outfield in Triple-A Tacoma lately, but that decision is not as cut and dry and it would be in normal scenarios. Franklin was pulled from a game on the Rainiers recent road trip after making a mental mistake in the field, then…

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