Seattle Mariners 

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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Sophomore Year 2016: National League edition

We are coming off a season in which Major League Baseball’s wealth of first-year talent was on display. In fact, there is a trend beyond the aptly titled “Year of the Rookie” of youth contribution to big league squads. Prospect Insider’s Jason A. Churchill looked at this in more depth when he examined the American League West’s pre-arbitration players to better assess the division’s future. These players have played an increasingly important role on successful teams. Here, we’re going to take the performances of some of the National League’s top rookies and examine what…

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Seattle Mariners 

Is Schwarber ready for showtime?

It seems like every other week this season the Chicago Cubs have been able to call up a blue chip hitting prospect that has been shredding minor league pitching. First, it was talented third baseman Kris Bryant who started the year at Triple-A to make a marginal improvement to his defence. Next was middle infielder Addison Russell, acquired in last summer’s Jeff Samardzija blockbuster. Could last year’s first round selection, Kyle Schwarber, be next? Schwarber, selected No. 4 overall in last June’s amateur draft, wasted no time making his impact…

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Seattle Mariners 

The legitimacy of a Kris Bryant demotion

Spring Training is one of the few places where the old school beats the new school; emphasis is placed more on how players feel and look instead of their stat line. One player who has captured the attention of both worlds is Chicago Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant. The No. 2 overall selection in the 2013 amateur draft has been turning heads with the pure power display he’s put on in Mesa, Arizona. There is more probability than likelihood, however, that Bryant will begin the season in Triple-A instead of with the…

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Seattle Mariners 

Draft Watch: Freeland and Other Arms Heating Up

Heading into last weekend, Jeff Hoffman had seen his stock slip steadily after a run of several consecutive sub-par outings. The ECU right-hander turned that around in a big way last weekend with arguably his best start of the year against one of the better lineups he has faced all season. Hoffman went eight frames against Rice, allowing just one walk and yielding a single run. But perhaps most importantly, Hoffman snapped off some of the best curveballs he has thrown since his breakout summer on the Cape. Hoffman also…

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Seattle Mariners 

Fantasy Prospect Rankings: Third Base

If you’ve got the top pick in your draft, you can go ahead and draft Miguel Cabrera and skip this. That’s reasonable and fine. Miggy’s a fantasy god who swings a trident instead and wears a laurel wreath helmet. He’s a smiling, beneficent creature that only works his true wrath on baseballs that displease him. If you’re still here then you either don’t have the first pick in the draft or realize fantasy baseball requires depth or you just want to be. Those are all fine reasons. The players listed…

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