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Keep an eye on …

Who are some fringe prospects in the M’s system to keep an eye on? Prior to the season, as always, I posted my Seattle Mariners Top 25 Prospects. Just outside that list are some fringe prospects that bring some potential value to the table. Many are medium-to-high upside talents with immense risk. Others are those of the low-to-medium ceiling and risk levels that land all over the map. These types of players can be very valuable. Look at the rosters around the league then trace back where those players were…

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Preview Capsules: Catchers

Chris Iannetta 2015: 92 G, .188/.293/.335, .225 BABIP, .281 wOBA, 80 wRC+, 1.4 fWAR Iannetta, 32, fell of the map at the plate last season, but maintained his sound defense while fighting some minor, nagging injuries. The Mariners are hoping he’ll bounce back, and despite 6774 innings behind the plate, that triple-slash is headed north in 2016. The question is: how far back does he get? It’s reasonable to expect what STEAMER does — .215/.323/.353 — and probably not much more, though Iannetta’s career marks sit at .231/.351/.405. The innings…

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Prospect Rankings: Nos. 16-30

The Seattle Mariners’ farm system has taken a hit the last couple of years with the graduations of the likes of Mike Zunino, James Paxton, Taijuan Walker, Brad Miller and Chris Taylor, among others. Still, the organization boasts a solid collection of talent, despite the lack of pitching in the high minors. The club has taken advantage of the strengths in the draft classes the past three years, adding right-handed hitting outfielders with power and more depth in the middle-infield. Seattle also has done fairly well internationally, even with the…

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M’s MiLB Notebook: Shortstops, catchers & corners

The Seattle Mariners’ farm system is not very good right now. Both Taijuan Walker and James Paxton, who each qualify, still, are on the disabled list, but a lot of the club’s better young talents are in the major leagues and no longer qualify, including Brad Miller and Mike Zunino. Those that are healthy and remain prospects, however, are faring quite well, including a trio of shortstops, a converted catcher who used to be a shortstop and a bat-first catcher showing improvement behind the dish. Of course, that means I’m…

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M’s Prospect Wrap: ’13 draftees start fast

It’s a small sample size — most of the affiliates have played six or fewer games on the schedule — but a positive start is better than a negative one and several noteworthy prospects in the Seattle Mariners farm system have done just that — start fast. That group is led by the draft class of 2013, including the club’s first three picks last June, and the previous class highlighted by rounds 3-6. Dom Leone, that class’ 16th round picks, joined No. 3 overall selection Mike Zunino in the big…

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