Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners

LINEUPPLAYERGRADEPROSPECTGRADE*
HitterMitch Haniger60Jarred Kelenic70
PowerKyle Lewis65Julio Rodriguez70
SpeedSam Haggerty60Jonatan Clase70
IF ArmJ.P. Crawford60Milkar Perez70
IF DefenseEvan White70Juan Querecuto60
OF ArmHaniger65Rodriguez70
OF DefenseKyle Lewis55Braden Bishop70
C ArmTom Murphy60Carter Bins60
C DefenseMurphy50Cal Raleigh55
*Projected

Ty France will challenge Mitch Haniger for best hit tool and may hit more long balls than Kyle Lewis.

Taylor Trammell is also a 60-grade runner but Haggerty might be closer to a 65, so he gets the nod.

Trammell projects as an above-average to plus glove in left, but in CF he’s around average, maybe a little above, and his arm belongs in left.

ROTATIONPLAYERGRADEPROSPECTGRADE*
FastballJames Paxton65Logan Gilbert60+
SliderJustus Sheffield60Emerson Hancock60
CurveballPaxton60Brandon Williamson60+
ChangeupMarco Gonzales55Levi Stoudt60+
CutterYusei Kikuchi60NA--
CommandGonzales70George Kirby60
*Projected

Justin Dunn‘s Cactus League slider would get the nod over Justus Sheffield‘s with a longer track record.

At times, James Paxton‘s cutter is a plus pitch, as is Marco Gonzales‘.

BULLPENPLAYERGRADEPROSPECTGRADE*
FastballRafael Montero65Andres Munoz80
SliderKeynan Middleton55Yohan Ramirez60
CurveballCasey Sadler60Sam Delaplane65
ChangeupMontero65N/A
CutterKendall Graveman55N/A
CommandMontero55Joey Gerber50
*Projected

Kendall Graveman and Keynan Middleton throw a bit harder, but Montero’s fastball has more effective movement.

Drew Steckenrider‘s slider flashes plus and if he’s more consistent with it can overtake Middleton for the best slider in the bullpen.

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