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Concern About Farquhar

Danny Farquhar has been an integral part of the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen each of the past two seasons. In 2013, the right-hander posted an insane 12.77 strikeouts-per-nine that helped him produce a 1.86 FIP. He followed that up with another strong season a year ago in 66 games, including 10.27 K/9 and an improved walk rate of 2.79 versus 3.56 the previous season. In 11 innings this season, however, Farquhar’s walk rate is back up to 3.27 and he’s not missing bats as often, dropping his strikeout rate to 8.18….

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The OFP Report: Elias, ‘Kuma, Zunino

This week’s episode of The OFP Report now is available. Jason A. Churchill, Alex Carson and Steve Silver discuss the Seattle Mariners’ rotation, how Carlos Quentin could fit into the equation, whether or not Jesus Montero is a better option than Quentin, plus Man In The Box (35:42), The Player of The Week (41:14) and The T-Bag Segment (46:46), answering your questions. We also started preliminary negotiations on a 40-yard dash competition between Carson and Silver. This could get ugly. Or funny. Or both. Roenis Elias, Hisashi Iwakuma, Felix Hernandez…

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Man In The Box: Mike Zunino

Every Saturday on The OFP Report we throw a hitter into the spotlight and discuss his struggles, successes, mechanics and even future. I thought I’d offer a digital version on this week’s target in order to lend a more detailed idea what Man In The Box is about each week. Mike Zunino turned in a solid 2014 campaign, his first full season in the big leagues. Despite a poor .199 batting average and .254 on-base percentage, the No. 3 pick in the 2012 Draft, was a valuable offensive player thanks…

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Why the Mariners will be fine

A few days ago, I had to calm down a frustrated life-long Seattle Mariners fan who was frustrated by the team’s slow start. I felt like the Kevin Bacon character from the movie “Animal House” when he’s performing crowd control at a parade and tells the masses to “remain calm, all is well.” Yes, it’s certainly possible that the Mariners could underachieve and be a disappointment. But, after just 15 games of a 162-game baseball season, it’s way too early to panic about the Mariners or any other team in…

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Draft winners and losers

There are no “sure things” when it comes to drafting major league prospects. To see what I mean, look no further than the 2009 Major League Baseball (MLB) amateur draft when one of the best baseball players on planet earth – Mike Trout – was selected. The 2012 American League Rookie of the Year was overlooked by 21 teams prior to being selected by the Los Angeles Angels with the twenty-fifth overall pick. The uncertainty of the draft process is more apparent when six of the players selected prior to…

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Cruz in the outfield

Nelson Cruz was signed to be a right-handed impact bat in the middle of the Seattle Mariners lineup. Specifically, he was signed for his ability to hit home runs and be the club’s designated hitter, though he would get time in the outfield on occasion. What has he done so far this season? Hit home runs. Only catch is that they have all come in four starts in right field. There is a huge small sample size alert, of course, and the discussion would likely be non-existent if Seattle wasn’t visiting the…

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Future stars late in the draft

The 2015 Major League Baseball amateur draft is less than two months away and the Seattle Mariners will have to wait until the second round to make their first selection with the 60th pick. That’s the latest that the team has drafted since they drafted Matt Tuiasosopo in at the 93rd overall spot in the third round in 2004. The Mariners are getting a late start in the draft because they’ve surrendered their first-round pick as a result from signing a free agent – slugger Nelson Cruz – who had…

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