Seattle Mariners 

M’s mid-season report card

The Seattle Mariners hit the halfway point of the 2014 season over the weekend. The club currently is a Wild Card leader, 1.5 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. The M’s have done it with pitching, improved defense and timely hitting. We can talk for days about how the lineup needs a few upgrades, but the task at hand is assessing what’s occurred thus far. Grades do not reflect a player’s value to the team the way Wins Above Replacement is designed, but solely to place…

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Walker to start Monday, Romero sent down

It’s official: Taijuan Walker will make his 2014 debut for the Seattle Mariners on Monday night when the club opens a three-game set against the Houston Astros. After Erasmo Ramirez was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, the promotion of the M’s top prospect appeared to be imminent, but it was not confirmed by manager Lloyd McClendon until Sunday. Outfielder Stefen Romero was sent down in the corresponding roster move which means right-hander Brandon Maurer  will remain with the big club in his new bullpen role for the time being. Walker, 22 in…

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Potential M’s trade targets

If the Seattle Mariners wish to remain in the thick of the pennant race not only will need to get healthy but it’s clear they need to add a few pieces to the roster that presently are not members of the organization. Simply getting Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders and Corey Hart back from the disabled list will not cut it. Despite strong starting pitching thus far, it remains apparent the club also could use a starting pitcher, even with Taijuan Walker taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning for Triple-A…

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Erasmo sent down, is Walker up next?

After another relatively poor outing against the Boston Red Sox last night, the Seattle Mariners have made the move to send Erasmo Ramirez down to Triple-A Tacoma, and have recalled Brandon Maurer to take his place on the roster. It appears that Maurer’s time with the big league club will be short lived however, as top prospect Taijuan Walker could be back in the major league rotation as soon as Monday. If that is indeed the plan, Maurer will provide a fresh arm in the bullpen for the next four games before…

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How much longer is Erasmo’s leash?

At the end of the 2013 season we got a glimpse into the future of the Seattle Mariners’ rotation when James Paxton and Taijuan Walker were called up and made their big league debuts. Fast forward to Opening Day 2014 and just one of the two were in the starting rotation — Walker would begin the season on the disabled list. Erasmo Ramirez broke camp as the club’s No. 2 starter, but would make just five starts before being sent down to the minor leagues. He would be called up a…

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ICYMI: May 10 – June 22

After a couple tough losses to the San Diego Padres earlier in the week, the Seattle Mariners have managed to pull off a sweep of the red hot Kansas City Royals and now sit four games above .500. The previous six weeks or so have been up and down for the M’s, and have included a five-game winning and five-game losing streak, but a Wild Card spot is easily within reach at the moment. Let’s take a look at what’s been covered at Prospect Insider over the last six weeks. The…

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Examining the upcoming potential roster casualties

As we pass the midway mark of June, the Seattle Mariners still sit above the .500 mark despite a struggling offence and a pitching staff that’s held together by a couple of surprise performers. There should be some reinforcements on the way however, as Corey Hart and Michael Saunders appear close to being sent out on rehab assignments and Justin Smoak began his on Wednesday night. Starter Taijuan Walker looks like he’s nearly ready to make his season debut with the big club as well after being activated from the disabled list…

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