Building a roster for Safeco

From the moment Jerry Dipoto became general manager of the Seattle Mariners, he’s emphasized the need to build a roster capable of taking advantage of the expansive Safeco Field dimensions. As I see it, the 48-year-old executive envisions a foundation of athletic and accomplished players, who are adept at reaching base and wreaking havoc through productive aggressiveness on the bases. Equally important are outfield defenders who can run down balls in Safeco’s spacious outfield. In Dipoto’s world, a run save is as valuable as a run scored. To be honest,…

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2014 Potential Impact Rookies: National League

The National League isn’t quite as loaded with top prospects that may break into the big leagues in 2014 and supply impact value, but the circuit certainly is not short on talent. The American League impact rookie article can be found here. Today we deal with their counterparts. EAST Christian Bethancourt, C — Atlanta Braves The Braves seem to have committed to an Evan Gattis/Gerald Laird timeshare behind the plate this season, and that might work out fine. Gattis hits bombs and Laird might put together another solid fifty games…

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