Seattle Mariners 

Still room for Walker to improve

If you’ve watched Taijuan Walker this season, particularly his most recent two outings — in Cleveland last week and earlier this week versus Houston — you’ve seen what the former No. 43 overall pick can do. On the year, the 23-year-old owns a strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly 9-1, his FIP sits at 2.11 and he’s inducing ground balls at a 55 percent rate. Furthermore, the right-hander has a better curveball in 2016 and is using it four percent more than a year ago. The ball is exploding from his hand…

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Run Mariners! Run!

The upcoming three-game series between the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners gave me reason to pause for a moment and consider the trajectory of both ball clubs since the end of the 2014 season. Seattle finished with just two fewer wins than the Royals, who went on to win the American League (AL) Championship before losing the World Series to the San Francisco Giants. After doing unexpectedly well in 2014, the Mariners and Royals entered last season with many pundits projecting a deep postseason run for both clubs….

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Is Kyle Seager overpaid?

The Seattle Mariners have been on a nice run ever since slugger Dae-ho Lee hit a walk-off home run against the Texas Rangers on April 13. From that point forward, the Mariners have won nine and lost just three, while their hitters have averaged just over five runs-per-game. Overall, the offense is clicking with one glaring exception — Kyle Seager. During the Seattle’s short 12-game winning surge, the club’s star third baseman has a posted a paltry .106/.125/.298 slash, while sporadically contributing with a home run. Many fans are preaching…

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UW’s Chris Baker the perfect example

There are a lot of good players on the 2016 Washington Huskies baseball team. They’re in first place in the Pac-12 after a 3-1 series win over a very strong St. Mary’s team, and with more than a half-season sample available, the roster has to have a lot of talent or the losses would have caught up to them by now. Not all college teams, even good ones, have future first-round draft picks, including eventual National Champions. But the one thing good college programs have is fundamentally sound players that…

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 Seattle Mariners 

The New-Old Mike Zunino?

Mike Zunino was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma last summer after struggling somewhat historically in the big leagues for four months. He hit the ball well in the Pacific Coast League for a month, showed positive results in spring training last month and now is off to a roaring start with the Rainiers in 2016 — .415/.439/.868, 3-2B, 7 HR, 3 BB, 9 SO in 13 games. But numbers aren’t what’s necessary for Zunino to earn his way back to Seattle at some point. It’s all about the process. Some of…

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Seattle Mariners 

Dipoto and the draft

One of the biggest complaints that Seattle Mariners fans had with the Jack Zduriencik era — other than the multiple losing seasons — was the inability of the organization to produce top-notch prospects despite owning a top-three selection in three of the first four Major League Baseball (MLB) amateur drafts of Zduriencik’s tenure. Whether draftees Dustin Ackley, Mike Zunino, Brad Miller, Danny Hultzen, Nick Franklin, and Chris Taylor and acquired prospects Justin Smoak and Jesus Montero were bad choices or improperly developed is a debate that still rages on in Seattle. In the…

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Washington Huskies threaten Pac-12

No, the Dawgs at Montlake did not walk up to Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and caution the entire conference. But the university’s baseball team is a legitimate threat in the conference after winning two of three over UCLA this past weekend. The 5-4 victory Sunday at Husky Ballpark pushed the Huskies into second place in the Pac-12, tied with California with a 9-6 and a game and a half ahead of Stanford and Oregon. The Dawgs now are 19-12 on the season and have series wins over Oregon and Arizona…

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