2017 Mariners Prospects of the Year

Several outlets dole out minor league player of the year awards. Prospect Insider is different. Rather than player of the year, I focus on the Mariners prospects that made the most progress since this time last year. Occasionally, the two are one in the same — player of the year and prospect of the year. Usually they are different, and often the prospect of the year lacks the statistical performance of the player of the year award winners. Subscribe to Baseball Things Podcast for Under $1 Per Episode Players in…

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Churchill: Why I Can’t Quit Gareth Morgan

The Seattle Mariners selected outfielder Gareth Morgan with overall pick No. 74 in the 2014 MLB Draft.  He signed for $2 million. It was a pure upside play for a raw Canadian player with big power potential. Through the 2016 season, however, Morgan looked lost at the plate: 2014-16 YEAR LEVEL PA AVG OBP XBH% BB% SO% 2014 Rookie 178 .148 .244 7.1 9.0 41.0 2015 Rookie 241 .225 .270 9.5 5.0 36.9 2016 Rookie 134 .216 .261 8.0 6.0 43.3 2016 Advanced-A 14 .385 .429 23.1 0.0 50.0 For…

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Updated Top 30 Prospect Rankings

The Seattle Mariners have made numerous moves since the Mid-Season Top 30 Prospect Rankings was released July 5. A handful of talents from that list are now with other organizations. Here’s the Updated Top 30. More on the farm system on Baseball Things Tuesday night Click Here to Subscribe!   Note: Players in big leagues do not qualify (Emilio Pagan, Marco Gonzales) Kyle Lewis, CF — Modesto (A+) Evan White, 1B/RF — Not Active Julio Rodriguez, RF — Not Active Sam Carlson, RHP — Arizona (R) Nick Neidert, RHP —…

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Mid-Season Top 30 Prospects Led by Kyle Lewis, Evan White

The Seattle Mariners farm system reminds of the 1989 Cleveland Indians. Not the actual baseball team, but the one portrayed in Major League. About mid-season, Harry Doyle proclaimed the Indians were “threatening to climb out of the cellar.” While I don’t believe at any point the Mariners had the worst farm system in baseball, they were closer than they’d ever like to be. But they’ve improved and even jumped a few spots in the rankings — perhaps into the high teens or low 20s. It started last June when the…

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Disconnect on Mariners Trade Deadline Strategy?

I read. I watch. I listen. And the past few weeks I have read, watched and listened to a lot of folks discuss the Seattle Mariners and their trade deadline strategy. What it could be. What it should be. Why they should buy. Why they should sell. And so on. But it sounds to me like there’s a missing factor or three not being connected to the club’s current position. The Mariners are 39-39 entering play Tuesday night at Safeco Field versus the hapless Philadelphia Phillies. It just so happens…

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Mariners Farm Report: May

While the big club looks to get healthy after a .500 month of May, the top talents in a very shallowly-stocked organization has changed quite a bit. Preseason Top 25: LINK Preseason Org Rank: 28 Farm Report: April Here’s an updated Top 10 with scouting & player development notes. (A full re-ranking of the Top 25 will occur in four weeks in the Mid-season Report) Only players in the minors on Jun 1 are eligible. Kyle Lewis, OF Lewis is getting close to being sent out on assignment after spending…

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Mariners Farm Report: April

The Seattle Mariners struggled through the month of April and while it’s as clear as day the club’s greatest organizational weakness is the talent collection below the big leagues, there are some bright spots, and light at the end of the tunnel. Seattle Mariners Farm Report Preseason Top 25: LINK Preseason Org Rank: 28 Here’s an updated Top 10 and some scouting and development notes. Note: This is not a pure Top 10, it’s a combo Top-10/Power Rankings. Only rostered MiLB players are considered, which leaves out the likes of…

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