Seattle Mariners 

State of the Systems: NL East

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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ICYMI: April 6 – May 9

The first month of the season is in the books, and Major League Baseball’s amateur draft is less than a month away. It’s a good time to be a baseball fan. The Seattle Mariners have even shown some life in this young season and after Friday night’s loss to the Kansas City Royals, they sit with an 18-17 record. In draft news, East Carolina University right-hander and potential top-five pick Jeff Hoffman will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and miss the remainder of the season. That doesn’t mean he’ll fall out…

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Draft Watch: Crunch Time

It is crunch time for teams as the draft is just over a month away. The Houston Astros are hard at work and according to the Houston Chronicle have apparently narrowed their list for pick No. 1-1 down to just seven names: Carlos Rodon, Aaron Nola, Jeff Hoffman, Trea Turner, Bradley Zimmer, Brady Aiken, Tyler Kolek, and Alex Jackson. There is still a chance for anyone of these names to separate themselves. NC State’s Carlos Rodon turned in his best outing of the season on Friday, albeit a controversial one….

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Top of draft remains unsettled

As soon as last June’s draft ended — perhaps even well before — the conversation about the class of 2014 started and ended with North Carolina State southpaw Carlos Rodon. He was the clear pre-season No. 1 and entered the season with the best chance to be taken off the board first when the Houston Astros select first for the third straight year. We’re about beyond the halfway point of the amateur season and only one thing is clear and that’s that the top of the draft is far from…

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Seattle Mariners 

Draft Watch: Core 5

On Monday Major League Baseball announced the bonus pools for the 2014 Rule IV draft. On the whole, bonus pools for the draft will rise by 1.7 percent in 2014. Despite owning the No. 1 pick and losing a major league worst 111 games, the Houston Astros will not have the highest total pool. Instead, the Miami Marlins, who have 13 picks in the first 10 rounds with an allotted $14,199,300. The Baltimore Orioles, who splurged to sign Nelson Cruz and Ubaldo Jiminez this winter, have lost their two top…

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Seattle Mariners 

Draft Watch: Arms Race Week 6

It has been all about pitching this spring at both the college and prep levels. The BBCOR bats are certainly having ramifications on the game, as offense among the amateur ranks is at an all-time low. There are two storylines in particular to keep an eye on this weekend; first the arms race between left-handers battling for spots on team’s draft boards, and also the prep pitchers who are lighting up radar guns in the early goings. TCU Southpaw Brandon Finnegan has been piling up strikeouts at a ridiculous rate…

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Draft Prospect Watch: Hoffman vs. Fisher

Entering the D-1 season’s second week it seems most of the country came away wanting more from the top prospects. While it’s obviously far too early to make any assessments, the anticipation still runs wild and that’s not bound to change this weekend. The weather generally plays a significant role for half the season, depending on what part of the country your’re in, and it wiped out a lot of what North Carolina State had scheduled. That didn’t stop shortstop Trea Turner from putting up numbers nor southpaw Carlos Rodon…

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