What to expect from call-ups

The Seattle Mariners made a few moves Friday, placing left-hander Wade Miley on the 15-day disabled list (shoulder) and designated for assignment right-hander Steve Johnson. Replacing the pair on the roster are left-hander David Rollins and right-hander Jonathan Aro. The club expects to soon call on Bellevue native Adrian Sampson, likely to start in place of Miley Saturday. Here’s what to expect from the trio: Jonathan Aro, RHR Aro, 25, has sat in the 89-92 mph range for most of the season in Triple-A Tacoma. At times, he reached back…

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2012 deadline deals in retrospect

Last June, I wrote a piece reflecting on several non-waiver deadline deals made in July 2011. My rationale for looking back so far was simple. Most of these trades involve prospects who are years away from reaching the majors — assuming they ever do. Since I enjoyed picking away at those old trades last year, I thought I’d do it again and put several 2012 deadline deals under the microscope this time. There weren’t many sexy moves that year, but I chose a few that I found interesting. I hope…

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Preview Capsules: Bullpen

Steve Cishek, RHP: 4FB, SNK, SL, CH 2015: 59 G, 55.1 IP, 7.81 K/9, 4.39 BB/9, 46.1% GB, .313 BABIP, 3.86 FIP, 0.0 fWAR Cishek was dominant two straight years as the Miami Marlins closer 2013-14, missing bats and limiting bases on balls to let his stuff take over high-leverage innings. None of the above occurred in 2015, with the 29-year-old taking a step back in performance, but perhaps most importantly all the areas that led to those two top-flight seasons. The velocity was down a full tick from 91.7…

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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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M’s change up pitching staff

With a return of Hisashi Iwakuma from the disabled list expected to take place on Monday, the Seattle Mariners sent three pitchers to Triple-A Tacoma after Friday night’s vicotry. Starter Roenis Elias was optioned — to make room in the rotation for Iwakuma — as well as relievers Tom Wilhelmsen and Vidal Nuno. The three players called-up to fill the roster spots include relievers David Rollins and Mayckol Guaipe and outfielder James Jones. Iwakuma, out since April with a strained back muscle, has not been officially re-called yet. But there is no…

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McClendon goes with a second lefty reliever

After an offseason spent plugging various holes, the Seattle Mariners entered Spring Training with only a few notable position battles: the back of the rotation, the bullpen, and the starting shortstop job. The shortstop delimma took care of itself when Chris Taylor was shelved with fractured wrist. Taijuan Walker locked up the No. 5 spot with a dominant spring. Although nothing is technically official, yet, it looks like the final spot in the bullpen will go to Tyler Olson. At the outset, manager Lloyd McLendon suggested closer Fernando Rodney was…

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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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ICYMI: January 7 — February 10

Pitchers and catchers are now just days away from reporting to Spring Training complexes, signalling the nearing of Opening Day. As of Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners are just 55 days away from opening the season against the Los Angeles Angels on April 6 at Safeco Field. Now that James Shields has signed on with the much-improved San Diego Padres, the Hot Stove season is all but finished. Once we reach the mid-point of March and teams have began to make roster decisions things will heat up slightly with several out-of-options…

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