Seattle Mariners 

State of the Systems: NL Central

This offseason I will be working on a series that examines the strengths and weaknesses of each of the 30 farm systems in Major League Baseball. The series will be broken up into 6 parts, with each section focusing on one division at a time. These are not prospect rankings, but rather a general outlook and a diagnosis on the overall health of the organization. I will also shed some light on some of the top prospects in each organization who are starting to generate some hype. The statistics, heights, and weights that…

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Seattle Mariners 

Draft Watch: College arms race clouded and crowded

Draft season is in full swing, and in exactly three weeks scouts and front office members will gather in their “war” rooms to kick off day one of the draft. It is the heart of the postseason at the prep level, and the last weekend of the NCAA regular season. Clearer connections between players and teams are being forged, and the Tommy John plague has now reached the college ranks. In short, the draft landscape is on fire, and this is one of the most important weeks of the year…

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Seattle Mariners 

Draft Watch: Freeland and Other Arms Heating Up

Heading into last weekend, Jeff Hoffman had seen his stock slip steadily after a run of several consecutive sub-par outings. The ECU right-hander turned that around in a big way last weekend with arguably his best start of the year against one of the better lineups he has faced all season. Hoffman went eight frames against Rice, allowing just one walk and yielding a single run. But perhaps most importantly, Hoffman snapped off some of the best curveballs he has thrown since his breakout summer on the Cape. Hoffman also…

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