Seattle Mariners 

Building a roster for Safeco

From the moment Jerry Dipoto became general manager of the Seattle Mariners, he’s emphasized the need to build a roster capable of taking advantage of the expansive Safeco Field dimensions. As I see it, the 48-year-old executive envisions a foundation of athletic and accomplished players, who are adept at reaching base and wreaking havoc through productive aggressiveness on the bases. Equally important are outfield defenders who can run down balls in Safeco’s spacious outfield. In Dipoto’s world, a run save is as valuable as a run scored. To be honest,…

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Seattle Mariners 

Is Schwarber ready for showtime?

It seems like every other week this season the Chicago Cubs have been able to call up a blue chip hitting prospect that has been shredding minor league pitching. First, it was talented third baseman Kris Bryant who started the year at Triple-A to make a marginal improvement to his defence. Next was middle infielder Addison Russell, acquired in last summer’s Jeff Samardzija blockbuster. Could last year’s first round selection, Kyle Schwarber, be next? Schwarber, selected No. 4 overall in last June’s amateur draft, wasted no time making his impact…

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Seattle Mariners 

Who’s In Who’s Out: NL Central

The National League Central saw one team break out and sent another to the World Series in 2013. It wasn’t the busiest division this offseason, but all five teams did bring in some fresh faces and some saw key pieces leave for greener pastures. It doesn’t appear that the divisional hierarchy will be changing much if at all in the upcoming year and the St. Louis Cardinals still stand out as the club to beat with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds not that far behind. Let’s take a look…

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Seattle Mariners 

Breakthrough Candidates: Hitters

Every year in Major League Baseball a handful of players take their game up a notch or two and post star-level numbers after falling somewhere between pedestrian and downright awful the previous season. Some of those that do so come as no surprise, as often they are young players starting to live up to expectations. As Chris Moran did with starting pitchers here, Prospect Insider’s Brendan Gawlowski discusses the most likely hitters to break out and significantly improve from 2013. 1. Bryce Harper, LF — Washington Nationals Could it be…

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