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Developments in Mariners’ system

Several Seattle Mariners prospects began 2016 with questions to answer. Some have provided answers. The Seattle Mariners system began the season as one of the more shallow collections of talent in Major League Baseball. That remains true, but we’re no longer staring at a nearly-dry well, and the club has probably climbed its way out of the bottom three or four in the league, and it’s not solely due to the selection of Kyle Lewis in June’s draft. What’s been showing up on the field in 2016 suggests McKay’s approach…

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M’s Mid-Season Report: Down on the Farm

“When the unexpected becomes the expected, strange becomes familiar.” — Jason A. Churchill | May 20, 2016 While the parent club stabilizes a bit after a tough three-plus weeks, perhaps the most important happenings in the entire Seattle Mariners organization is the revival occurring down on the farm. Or should I say, revivals. Down on the Farm Forget the fact that each of the affiliates have won more games than they have lost this season — with Triple-A Tacoma, Double-A Jackson and Class-A Clinton among the better teams in their…

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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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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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Prospect Rankings: The Next 15

It’s Year No. 9 for Prospect Insider’s Seattle Mariners Prospect Rankings, and while there will be no actual Handbook this year, all of the rankings, reports and analysis will be made available in one downloadable PDF. As I stated on Twitter a few nights ago, these are being released a few weeks later than I planned, but I have always created at these evaluations as a Preview to the upcoming season rather than a Review following last season. The advantage this season is that I was able to include the…

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