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The Mariners and reliever volatility

At some stage of their baseball career, a relief pitcher was no longer viewed as starting pitcher material by an organization. Perhaps, they couldn’t consistently repeat their delivery, didn’t possess a viable third pitch, or had physical limitations due to their injury history. These “flaws” can make it challenging to forecast the performance of many relievers, especially during stressful game situations. That’s why baseball analysts frequently use the term “volatility” when describing the inconsistent nature of relief pitching. “Volatile” is certainly an appropriate way to describe Seattle Mariners relievers during…

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Mariners attempt to upgrade offense

Today, the Seattle Mariners made an incremental move designed to upgrade their disappointing offense by trading for Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo in exchange for reliever Dominic Leone, catcher Welington Castillo, and two minor leaguers – outfielder Gabby Guerrero and shortstop Jack Reinheimer. The Mariners also picked up pitcher Vidal Nuno in the deal. From Seattle’s standpoint, this deal was all about acquiring a power bat to help improve run production, which was second worst in the American League entering today. The Mariners have scored three runs or fewer…

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Who makes room for Wilhelmsen?

Seattle Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen’s recovery from a hyper-extended right elbow seems to be progressing well and it’s likely that he’ll be ready to return from the disabled list (DL) in the middle of the month. Once the 31-year-old is ready for big league action, the Mariners will have to determine which reliever will be sacrificed in order to make room on the team’s 25-man roster for Wilhelmsen. The Mariners’ bullpen, which stumbled out of the gate, has actually shown signs of a rebound. Entering today, the relief corps’ fielding…

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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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Making an Impact: M’s rookie pitchers in 2014

The goal for all organizations is to draft and develop everyday major leaguers. Every year thousands of players are are drafted or signed but few end up graduating to a big league roster. In 2013, the Seattle Mariners sent ten rookie pitchers to the mound including the debuts of top prospects Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. However it was relievers Danny Farquhar and Yoervis Medina that played key roles in the bullpen as rookies. Farquhar would finish the season as the team’s closer. Brandon Maurer would also debut in 2013, as a starter,…

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Mariners Prospects of the Year

The 2013 minor league season is winding down. A handful of playoff series are concluding over the next few days. The regular season ended nearly two weeks ago. That means it’s time to dole out the annual awards. These awards are based on prospect status, progress during the year — including some basis on performance — and overall future outlook as a result of what occurred this season. Pitching Prospect of the Year | Taijuan Walker, RHP This may seem like a no-brainer, but it wasn’t. Walker is the top…

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Mariners 2013 All-Prospects Team

To accompany the 2013 M’s Prospects of the Year, we’ve also put together the All-Prospects Team for 2013. Unlike the POY, players that continue to hold onto prospect status qualify, so, for example, Brad Miller is not eligible, despite his being named Prospect Insider’s 2013 Seattle Mariners Prospect of the Year. Nick Franklin also does not qualify. This is not a top prospects list of any nature.  It’s also not simply a list of players at each position that improved their status the most. It’s the top talents that performed…

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