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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M’s Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects

The Seattle Mariners’ farm system is among the organization’s weak spots, thanks to a ton of graduations, a trade or two and mostly a failure that may lie at the feet of the player development plans of the previous regime. Things may be turning around, however, and there are a few new talents poking their heads through the sand. The club’s strength and depth down on the farm lies in the outfield and on the mound, with names such as Tyler O’Neill, Kyle Lewis, Alex Jackson and Nick Neidert leading…

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Post-Draft Top 10 Prospects

Changes are afoot in the Seattle Mariners farm system. The draft immediately impacts each club’s farm system and represents an opportunity for organizations to gain ground on their competitors across Major League Baseball. The Seattle Mariners began 2016 with one of the worst five farm systems in the game. They may fare a bit better today thanks to some performances of Top 25 talents, but the acquisitions in the draft may make the biggest difference. Here are my Top 10 Mariners Prospects including the draft picks. One note: Players currently…

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M’s Prospect Monthly: O’Neill, Moore, Herb stand out

The Seattle Mariners began the season the owners of one of the thinnest farm systems in baseball. The only depth in the organization resides on the mound and all but one of the upside plays there began the season above Advanced-A ball and three of them didn’t start the year assigned to a full-season affiliate. Player development, the biggest factor in the sinking of the farm system under Jack Zduriencik — a system once ranked among the Top 10, only to fade fast thanks to rush jobs and poor planning…

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Churchill: M’s Top 25 Prospects

It’s the 10th annual Prospect Insider Seattle Mariners prospect rankings. A few things you should know before continuing: Ceiling/potential value is only part of the equation. Probability, among other things, also is a significant factor. The player’s likely future role can dictate his value as much as his chances to get to the majors or his upside. While I do not crawl into each organization’s farm systems with a microscope, I did have numerous conversations about where the weakest Mariners system in some time fits in baseball right now. Keith…

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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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