Arkins: No Quick Fix For Mariners Base Running

Last week, we learned the Seattle Mariners began their offseason by reshuffling their field staff. Among the casualties, first base coach and base running mentor Casey Candaele. Media reports suggest the Mariners’ lackluster performance on the bases factored into the 56-year-old’s dismissal. We may never know the full story behind Candaele’s departure, but one thing is certain. A coaching change alone won’t fix Seattle’s base running issues. Sure, a new voice may bring out the best in some. However, there aren’t enough players on the current roster to “coach up.”…

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Arkins: Should M’s Extend Mike Zunino?

The emergence of Mike Zunino as a hitter qualifies as a one of several good news stories from an otherwise disappointing season for the Seattle Mariners. After being an offensive liability for the majority of his career, Zunino was one of the most productive hitting catchers in the game this year. Considering his great season, it’s reasonable to ponder whether Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto would entertain the idea of signing Zunino to a contract extension. I know. Some fans don’t view anyone with a .251 batting average as an…

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Arkins: Where Should M’s Upgrade Lineup?

Just one year ago, the Seattle Mariners propelled themselves into wild card contention with a torrid 18-9 win-loss record in September. The club fell short of a playoff berth, but their strong finish energized baseball fans throughout the Pacific Northwest. The combination of that late season surge and the aggressive offseason maneuvering of general manager Jerry Dipoto further fueled optimism for 2017. Perhaps, this would be the year the Mariners returned to the postseason for the first time since 2001. Then, reality set in. The Mariners regressed finishing 78-84 and…

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The Mariners Will Select No. 14 in the 2018 MLB Draft

At the conclusion of Sunday’s game we learned the frozen first-round order for the 2018 MLB Draft. Seattle will select No. 14 overall. Reminder: First-round picks are no longer attached to free agents. For a list of the top prospects in the 2018 class, CLICK HERE. Wondering what kind of players have been selected at No. 14 in the past? YEAR PLAYER 2017 Nick Pratto, 1B 2016 Will Benson, OF 2015 Kolby Allard, LHP 2014 Tyler Beede, RHP 2013 Reese McGuire, C 2012 Nick Travieso, RHP 2011 Jose Fernandez, RHP…

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2017 Mariners Prospects of the Year

Several outlets dole out minor league player of the year awards. Prospect Insider is different. Rather than player of the year, I focus on the Mariners prospects that made the most progress since this time last year. Occasionally, the two are one in the same — player of the year and prospect of the year. Usually they are different, and often the prospect of the year lacks the statistical performance of the player of the year award winners. Subscribe to Baseball Things Podcast for Under $1 Per Episode Players in…

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Arkins: Plotting M’s Narrow Postseason Path

It’s been a tough five weeks for the Seattle Mariners. Since the beginning of August, the club has a 15-18 win-loss record and continues to descend in the AL wild card standings. Entering today’s action, Seattle is four games behind the team holding the second wild card spot in the American League — the Minnesota Twins. Not only is surprising Minnesota leading the way, five other clubs stand between them and Seattle. Despite the fact the Mariners are facing a path to the postseason that narrows with each passing day,…

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