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Concerns on M’s lack of Triple-A depth

One of the first things mentioned by new Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto upon his hiring was how the club lacked general depth, particularly in the upper minors. Many clubs welcomed impact and contributing rookies to their rosters this past season. But Seattle’s inability to develop talent at the higher minor league levels during Jack Zduriencik’s tenure nearly left the Mariners out of the aptly named ‘year of the rookie’ in 2015. Ketel Marte and Carson Smith were major league contributors as rookies though Seattle didn’t have a Kris…

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Mariners 2015 Prospects of the Year

It’s usually not difficult to identify the players of the year in minor leagues of a big-league organization. Determining the prospects of the year isn’t necessarily as elementary. In fact, it never is in my experience. The difference? Player of the year typically is all about performance. Prospect of the year is significantly more intricate and sophisticated, and requires a lot deeper and widespread investigating. The Seattle Mariners have what many call a weak farm system. I don’t entirely disagree, since a large portion of the club’s talent spent 2015…

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2015 M’s Mid-Season Prospect Rankings

As it was at the start of the season, the Seattle Mariners’ farm system is thin. Yes, there is talent. Most of it lies in a crude state in the lower minors. Of those that have graduated to the upper levels, many have struggled, been traded since or hold a status somewhere south of elite. The Mariners have a group of young talent on the 25-man roster that otherwise might create a much deeper, stronger crop down on the farm, including the likes of Mike Zunino and Taijuan Walker, suggesting…

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The OFP Report: Kivlehan, Ackley, Short-Term Hope

In this week’s episode of The OFP Report, Jason A. Churchill, Alex Carson and Steve Silver discuss whether or not it’s too early to start looking for options beyond Dustin Ackley, a Major League Baseball rule change, plus the T-Bag segment (48:18), Player of The Week (23:50) and Patrick Kivlehan is the Man In The Box(41:43). Listen via: Web iTunes TuneIn Stitcher

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Prospect Rankings: No. 3 — Patrick Kivlehan

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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Choi’s injury opens door for Montero, Peterson

The Seattle Mariners opened their Cactus League schedule with a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres in walk-off fashion down in Peoria. But in the process, first baseman Ji-Man Choi left the game in the bottom of the ninth after breaking his right fibula. Choi jumped to retrieve a throw from shortstop Tyler Smith on what appeared to be a routine play but landed awkwardly and was in obvious pain. There is no timetable for Choi’s recovery at this point, but based on the nature of the injury he will miss…

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M’s Notes: Jackson, Kivlehan, Hultzen & Elias

The Seattle Mariners Thursday held their annual luncheon for the local media at which several key members of the organization spoke briefly. Included among those were skipper Lloyd McClendon, general manager Jack Zduriencik, assistant GM Jeff Kingston, director of player development Chris Gwynn and team trainer Rick Griffin. Left-hander J.A. Happ also made an appearance, and we even got the skinny on the new lighting at Safeco from the ballpark operations group. By the way, there will be Wi-Fi at Safeco this season, starting this weekend at FanFest. Before I…

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