Hoping to reshape the Seattle Mariners, GM Jerry Dipoto offloaded veterans this offseason with the express goal of turbocharging his farm system. Recent prospect rankings suggest Dipoto’s pivot is paying dividends.

Thanks to Dipoto’s maneuvering, MLB Prospect Watch now identifies six Mariners among baseball’s 100 best prospects.

Teams With Most Top-100 Prospects

Mariners cracking the Top-100 include Jarred Kelenic (23), Justin Dunn (66), Logan Gilbert (67), Justus Sheffield (77), Evan White (80), and Julio Rodriguez (86). It’s worth noting Seattle’s only 2018 entrant – Kyle Lewis – is no longer included.

The preceding table indicates the Mariners acquired three Top-100 prospects from other teams – the most in MLB. Eleven other clubs also found high-value minor leaguers elsewhere.

The outsiders Dipoto snagged continue developing in the minors, as do most of the names listed below. A few are major leaguers; injuries are slowing others.

Top-100 Prospects From External Sources

The White Sox sent Chris Sale to Boston for Michael Kopech and other prospects, including Yoán Moncada. Kopech appeared in four games last year before needing Tommy John surgery, which will sideline the 23-year-old until 2020.

Dylan Cease was a Cubs sixth round pick prior to a trade between crosstown rivals sending starter Jose Quintana to the North Side. Another 23-year-old; Cease is experiencing growing pains in the White Sox rotation as he adjusts to big league competition.

After missing 2014-15 due to injuries, Jonathan Loaisiga signed with the Yankees following his release by the Giants. Unfortunately, the injury bug continues plaguing Loaisiga. He’s currently on the IL with rotator cuff issues and out until at least August.

The A’s acquired Jesus Luzardo in the deal shipping Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Nationals. Arriving with Luzardo were Oakland’s number-nine prospect Sheldon Neuse and reliever Blake Treinen. Currently, a lat strain is idling the 21-year-old in the minors.

The Padres netted Logan Allen along with Carlos Asuaje, Javy Guerra and Manuel Margot by trading closer Craig Kimbrel to the Red Sox in November 2015. Allen made his MLB debut this year and is in San Diego’s starting rotation.

The prospect making the largest impact thus far is Yordan Álvarez, who’s already hitting tape-measure home runs. Houston acquired the 22-year-old from the Dodgers for former Mariners first rounder Josh Fields in a 2016 deadline deal.

Fun fact: During his lone 2017 World Series appearance with Los Angeles, Fields surrendered two home runs in six pitches to the Astros.

More Than Just Trades

Prospects the Mariners added via trades are generating considerable media attention both locally and on a national level. But there’s a homegrown element to Seattle’s rising farm system.

Notable Homegrown Mariner Prospects

Braden Bishop already debuted with the Mariners and would probably be with the team, if he didn’t suffer a lacerated spleen. Expect to see the former Washington Husky often starting next month.

Gilbert’s stock is rising fast after being his team’s first round pick in 2018. Meanwhile, the power surge of battery-mate Cal Raleigh is making his presence known.

A serious knee injury profoundly affected Lewis’ development, although the Mercer alum can still deliver MLB value.

Julio Rodriguez and Noelvi Marte are still teenagers, but demonstrate lots of upside. Time will tell whether either flourishes in the majors. For now though, their early performances are generating enthusiasm.

New And Improved?

Injecting new blood into the farm system can energize an organization and its fan base, but life teaches us new doesn’t necessarily mean better. Consider the sagas of two ballyhooed prospects acquired by former GM Jack ZduriencikJustin Smoak and Jesús Montero.

Smoak arrived in the deal sending Cliff Lee to the Rangers in July 2010 and was a Mariner for five seasons. Although the former South Carolina Gamecock could be productive, he struggled to consistently deliver results. Smoak never met lofty expectations in Seattle. Fortunately, he enjoyed a renaissance with the Blue Jays.

In January 2012, Zduriencik sent Michael Pineda to the Yankees for Montero. Pineda was an All-Star and top-5 finisher 2011 Rookie of the Year voting, but the Mariners willingly assumed the risk of dealing a budding star for a power bat.

In the end, it didn’t work out. Montero delivered 24 home runs and .383 SLG in 208 games.

But There’s More

Mariner fans are also familiar with homegrown prospects falling short – assuming they actually reached the majors. Here are high draft picks that delivered little-to-no value. Included in parenthesis is career WAR.

Lackluster Mariner Prospects Since 2009

Dustin Ackley was the number-two overall pick in 2009 and made a strong 2011 major-league debut slashing .273/.348/.417 with 3.7 WAR. Ackley never matched these numbers during his final five MLB seasons.

MLB Prospect Watch ranked Danny Hultzen 13th in 2013. Unfortunately, shoulder problems have restricted the former Virginia Cavalier to just 23.1 innings since 2014. Despite multiple setbacks, Hultzen continues plugging away – he’s currently with the Cubs’ AAA affiliate. Wouldn’t it be great if the lefty’s long ordeal finally leads to the majors?

D.J. Peterson ranked 50th among MLB prospects in 2015 but has yet to reach the majors. After the Mariners waived him, Peterson spent time with the Reds and White Sox organizations. Unfortunately, Chicago released the 27-year-old in June after he slashed .185/.262/.362 with Class-AAA Charlotte.

Nick Franklin, Andrew Moore, Patrick Kivlehan, and Steven Baron have MLB time. However, all are minor leaguers with other clubs except for Moore. Seattle included the former Oregon State Beaver in a deal with the Rays to acquire Alex Colomé and Denard Span last season. Moore returned to the Mariners via waivers this year.

Although Seattle’s farm system has under-produced for decades, Dipoto did inherit some homegrown talent. Naturally, he’s dealt most of his inheritance receiving varying levels of value in return.

Positive Steps

On Thanksgiving Eve 2016, Seattle parted ways with Ketel Marte and Taijuan Walker to land Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura. Marte is a 2019 All-Star this season with the Diamondbacks; Haniger and Segura were All-Stars last year. Additionally, Dipoto flipped Segura to snag J.P. Crawford – a potential long-term answer at shortstop.

When he Mariners sent Tyler O’Neill to the Cardinals for Marco Gonzales in July 2017, few fans were pleased. Since then, Gonzales has been winning over skeptics and was this year’s Opening Day starter.

This offseason, Dipoto traded Mike Zunino to the Rays netting Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley. Shipping James Paxton to the Yankees yielded Justus Sheffield, Erik Swanson, and Dom Thompson-Williams.

Robinson Canó was the established star, but the Mariners wouldn’t have pried away Kelenic, Dunn, and Bautista from the Mets without including homegrown stud Edwin Díaz last December.

When the Yankees acquired Shed Long from Cincinnati in January, Dipoto pounced on the opportunity to add Long sending 2018 second rounder Josh Stowers to New York.

Then Again

Not all JeDi deals of young players have proven fruitful. The fourth-year GM admitted to Seattle Times columnist Matt Calkins he “whiffed” trading Chris Taylor to the Dodgers for Zach Lee.

The jury remains out on sending Nick Neidert to Miami for Dee Gordon. Knee tendonitis is slowing Neidert, but the former second rounder is rehabbing and likely rejoins Class-AAA New Orleans soon. Meanwhile, Gordon’s production with Seattle has been disappointing.

Former Top-100 prospect Alex Jackson regressed in Seattle’s system spurring the team to trade the sixth overall pick in 2014 to the Braves for Max Povse and Rob Whalen. Still just 23-years-old, Jackson is with Class-AAA Gwinnett.

It’s plausible Jackson’s ceiling is backup status. Then again, that would position him to contribute more than the players the Mariners received. The team out-righted Povse to Class-AAA Tacoma; he’s currently on the 7-Day IL. Sadly, Whalen retired in February.

Understandably, the aftertaste from the Smoak and Montero deals and other misguided transactions compels some fans to feel angst upon hearing the Mariners are rebuilding. Oh and there’s the matter of not reaching the postseason since 2001, which continues to fuel pessimism.

Despite the Mariners’ underwhelming history of acquiring, drafting, and developing prospect talent, Dipoto deserves the opportunity to produce better results without having to answer for the club’s past mistakes.

Every ill-fated personnel move prior to September 2015 were the decisions of a bygone front office – not Dipoto and his staff.

Seattle Sea Change

Now, I’m not suggesting fans should forget previous missteps – just don’t dwell on them. Instead, let’s look forward starting with the changing complexion of the Mariners system.

A comparison of Prospect Insider’s most recent assessment of the team’s system to last year’s mid-season rankings suggests a sea change.

PI’s Mid-Season Prospect Rankings

Over half the 2019 names are new to the organization. We already noted the swap of Stowers and Long. The team also traded Bryson Brigman for rental Cameron Maybin last July. The remaining newbies arrived via previously mentioned deals and the 2019 draft.

This year’s first round pick George Kirby debuts at number-six. The Elon product has just three starts with Short Season-A Everett, although he’s already receiving positive reviews from scouts.

Kirby’s teammate Brandon Williamson may evolve into a number two-three starter, but it’s too early to tell.

Isaiah Campbell arrived via a compensatory pick acquired from the Indians along with Edwin Encarnación in the deal sending Mariners icon Carlos Santana to Cleveland. A heavy workload with Arkansas this season likely idles Campbell until next season.

Several prospects fell out of our Top-15 for various reasons – Sam Carlson, Damon Casetta-Stubbs, Juan Querecuto, Luis Liberato, and Joe Rizzo. An explanation is available in our full rankings.

Next Gen Stars

Imagining a Mariners roster sourced by prospects we’ve discussed is an exciting proposition. Still, fans should temper expectations. Some youngsters are several years away from the majors even if they avoid injury or performance setbacks.

Remember, Rodriguez and Marte are teenagers, so is Kelenic. There are recent examples of notable stars debuting in MLB before their 20th birthday – Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Ronald Acuña Jr, and Juan Soto . But I haven’t seen any comparisons of the Mariners’ trio to these special players.

Still, help will arrive before the teen-aged wonders. We’ve already received a preview with the brief stints of Long and Bishop. By the end of next season, the results of Dipoto’s prospect should be on full display. Here’s a sample of players we may see by September 2020.

Potential Mariner Contributors By Late 2020

Please note; the preceding list isn’t all-inclusive – just examples. Others may join the club, while some of those listed may encounter obstacles along the way or *gasp* be traded. Another realistic scenario; Dipoto acquires additional youthful reinforcements.

You Can’t Argue With Results

Okay, I’ve talked a lot about rankings. However, as Prospect Insider founder Jason A. Churchill astutely noted in December, prospects rankings won’t matter in the end.

What?

Only results matter.

The improving stature of Dipoto’s system is encouraging, but the farm must eventually yield major-league talent. Otherwise, everything we’ve heard about prospects from the team and its broadcast wing amounts to bluster without substance – or results.

My assessment is the Mariners are on a path to building a sustainable winner. However, challenges await the front office and ownership that they must master to realize success.

First, the most obvious – the team must convert prospect capital into MLB talent. Whether minor leaguers produce join the Mariners or Dipoto flips prospects for established big leaguers, management must deliver value. At this early stage of the rebuild, the outlook remains positive.

Will the Mariners maintain organizational discipline and remain committed to Dipoto’s plan, even if the team isn’t competitive by the dates publicly suggested?

That answer should become evident by leadership’s actions between now and 2021.

Hopefully, for beleaguered Mariners fans, the response will be a resounding “yes.”…

(Photo of Jake Fraley by Mark Wagner)

Here’s how the Mariners’ farm system performed Sunday:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 51.2 IP, 50 H, 22 ER, 35 BB, 41 SO, 5.15 ERA


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
SUN: Recalled 5.21.2019
2019: .293/.362/.510, 6-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 35 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
SUN: Recalled 6.2.2019
2019: .293/.378/.500, 13-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 21 BB, 38 SO, 2 SB


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 3 GS, 11 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 14 SO


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
SUN: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO
2019: 10 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 15 SO, 3 WP


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
SUN: DNP
2019: 17 G, 23.1 IP, 16 H, 13 BB, 34 SO, 5.01 ERA


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
SUN: 2 IP, H, BB, 3 SO
2019: 15 G, 5.40 ERA, 23.1 IP, 18 H, 15 BB, 37 SO


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
SUN: DNP (IL)
2019: .288/.363/.444, 5-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 20 BB, 41 SO, 4 SB


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
SUN: DNP
2019: 11 G, 4.50 ERA, 14.1 IP, 12 H, 6 BB, 19 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
SUN: 2-4, 2B, SO
2019: .323/.369/.508, 19-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 16 BB, 36 SO, 11 SB


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
SUN: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
2019: 48.1 IP, 43 H, 17 ER, 14 BB, 61 SO, 3.17 ERA

Dunn’s pitch count got too high thanks to his defense having let him down in the second when Tulsa got all three of their runs — all unearned. Dunn induced 14 swings and misses on 90 pitches, 60 of which were strikes. Quality outing for Dunn who likely goes out for the sixth if not for the extra pitches.


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
SUN: 2-4, 2 RBI
2019: .232/.329/.354, 9-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 26 BB, 58 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
SUN: 1-4, HR, RBI
2019: .254/.345/.357, 4-2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 16 BB, 33 SO

White is 8 for his last 22 and is starting to piece together better at-bats that end in more hard contact.


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 55.1 IP, 62 H, 24 ER, 13 BB, 46 SO, 3.90 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
SUN: 0-2, BB
2019: .241/.330/.434, 5-2B, 3-3B, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 20 BB, 47 SO, 10 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
SUN: 3-5, 3 RBI, 2B
2019: .338/.408/.569, 14-2B, 2-3B, 9 HR, 41 RBI, 18 BB, 44 SO, 14 SB

5.31.2019: Fraley’s season numbers are so good right now there’s no need to use splits to describe how well he’s performed at the plate, but for fun, check this out, eh?

Fraley batted .371/.440/.639 in May and leads the Texas Lead in hitting and slugging percentage, and is 4th in OBP. His nine homers are the third-most in the circuit and he took over the TL’s wRC+ lead with tonight’s performance.

Before the game Friday I caught up with a scout to get some additional 411 on Fraley, starting with the power surge. Is it real?

“Sure, yeah, enough of it is,” the scout said. “He’s not likely to go out and hit long balls at his recent pace all year, but this is baseball. Sometimes big bashes come in big bunches. He’s find the fat part of the bat a lot.”

The scout raved about Fraley’s all-around game more than anything. “It’s tough to find something he sucks at, ya know?” the scout said, laughing. “You never want to get caught looking for reasons not to like a guy but the last three or four times I’ve seen him he’s shown me something. A few weeks back he went 1-5 I think and the one was a single. But he drove a couple more and looked like a fighter.

“He’s sturdy in the box, the head and hands follow only contact and that’s what you want to see. You can pitch to him, but he’s closes some hold and the added pow does a lot to change a pitcher’s willingness to come in.”

Fraley’s quiet mechanically but has above-average bat speed and the swing produces backspin a lot more than it used to, dating back to his college days.

“I wasn’t on him that hard,” an area scout remembers from the 2016 draft where Fraley was selected by the Rays at No. 77 overall. “He was a college coach’s dream and it’s easy to fall for him, and most scouts did, but it was tough to see how the bat would project (to the big leagues).”

Well, it’s projecting now, and honestly, the Mariners are probably running out of reasons to keep him in Arkansas. If he gets some time in Tacoma this summer, he probably sees the majors before the end of the year.

I haven’t settled where he’ll land in the June Prospect Rankings Update because the draft picks will have something to say about the Top 40 (and the Top 10), but he’s moving up further than anyone else in the Top 20.


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
SUN:
DNP
2019:
23 IP, 27 H, 12 ER, 10 BB, 22 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
SUN: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 10 GS, 3.07 ERA, 58.2 IP, 57 H, 4 BB, 49 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
SUN: 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SO
2019: .314/.396/.604, 14-2B, 3-3B, 13 HR, 33 RBI, 26 BB, 47 SO, 7 SB

Yawn.


No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 39.2 IP, 28 H, 9 ER, 10 BB, 54 SO, 2.63 ERA


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
SUN: 0-3, BB, 2 SO
2019: .226/.303/.411, 14-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 20 BB, 47 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 12 GS, 66 IP, 66 H, 26 ER, 8 BB, 90 SO, 3.55 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
SUN: 1 IP, SO
2019: 18 G, 20 IP, 13 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 31 SO


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
SUN: 0-2, 2 BB, SO
2019: .294/.359/.398, 12-2B, 3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 21 BB, 42 SO


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B/CF
SUN: 0-3, BB, 2 SO
2019: .271/.355/.394, 8-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 20 BB, 48 SO, 11 SB


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
SUN: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
SUN: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
2019: 34.2 IP, 49 H, 27 ER, 8 BB, 25 SO, 8.15 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 11 GS, 50.2 IP IP, 41 H, 25 ER, 23 BB, 64 SO, 4.44 ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
SUN: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
SUN: DNP
2019: .273/.387/.370, 8-2B, 3B, 2 HR, 25 BB, 37 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
SUN: 0-3, BB, 2 SO
2019: .203/.289/.473, 5-2B, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 8 BB, 26 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
SUN: DNP
2019: 8 G, 5.65 ERA, 14.1 IP, 12 H, 12 BB, 18 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 5 G, 3 GS, 19.1 IP, 21 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 17 SO


DSL Mariners (R)

No. 10 Noelvi Marte, SS
SUN: DNP (no game)
2019: .250/.250/.500, 2B, RBI, SO

Marte, for now, is the player on the DSL roster in the Top 40, but that will change later in the summer as player fade or charge, graduate or are traded.…

Here’s how the Mariners’ farm system performed Saturday:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
SAT: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, SO
2019: 51.2 IP, 50 H, 22 ER, 35 BB, 41 SO, 5.15 ERA


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
SAT: Recalled 5.21.2019
2019: .293/.362/.510, 6-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 35 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
SAT: DNP
2019: .293/.378/.500, 13-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 21 BB, 38 SO, 2 SB

Bishop was not in the lineup Saturday, but whether that means he’s on his way to Seattle to replace Jay Bruce remains to be seen. Bruce, as of the end of the Rainiers game Saturday night, was still on the Mariners roster.


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 3 GS, 11 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 14 SO


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
SAT: DNP
2019: 9 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 15 SO, 3 WP


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
SAT: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB
2019: 17 G, 23.1 IP, 16 H, 13 BB, 34 SO, 5.01 ERA


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
SAT: Recalled 5.20.2019
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
SAT: DNP (IL)
2019: .288/.363/.444, 5-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 20 BB, 41 SO, 4 SB


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
SAT: DNP
2019: 11 G, 4.50 ERA, 14.1 IP, 12 H, 6 BB, 19 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
SAT: 0-4, SO
2019: .319/.366/.503, 18-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 16 BB, 35 SO, 11 SB


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 43.1 IP, 40 H, 17 ER, 12 BB, 54 SO, 3.53 ERA


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
SAT: DNP
2019: .226/.325/.350, 9-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 27 RBI, 26 BB, 58 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
SAT: 2-5, SO
2019: .254/.343/.336, 4-2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 16 BB, 33 SO

White is 7 for his last 18 and has back-to-back two-hit efforts.  He’s making a lot of contact the past two weeks, too and the swing may be coming around.


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 55.1 IP, 62 H, 24 ER, 13 BB, 46 SO, 3.90 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
SAT: 0-4, SO
2019: .244/.326/.439, 5-2B, 3-3B, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 19 BB, 47 SO, 10 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
SAT: 1-4, BB, SB
2019: .332/.404/.563, 13-2B, 2-3B, 9 HR, 38 RBI, 18 BB, 44 SO, 14 SB

5.31.2019: Fraley’s season numbers are so good right now there’s no need to use splits to describe how well he’s performed at the plate, but for fun, check this out, eh?

Fraley batted .371/.440/.639 in May and leads the Texas Lead in hitting and slugging percentage, and is 4th in OBP. His nine homers are the third-most in the circuit and he took over the TL’s wRC+ lead with tonight’s performance.

Before the game Friday I caught up with a scout to get some additional 411 on Fraley, starting with the power surge. Is it real?

“Sure, yeah, enough of it is,” the scout said. “He’s not likely to go out and hit long balls at his recent pace all year, but this is baseball. Sometimes big bashes come in big bunches. He’s find the fat part of the bat a lot.”

The scout raved about Fraley’s all-around game more than anything. “It’s tough to find something he sucks at, ya know?” the scout said, laughing. “You never want to get caught looking for reasons not to like a guy but the last three or four times I’ve seen him he’s shown me something. A few weeks back he went 1-5 I think and the one was a single. But he drove a couple more and looked like a fighter.

“He’s sturdy in the box, the head and hands follow only contact and that’s what you want to see. You can pitch to him, but he’s closes some hold and the added pow does a lot to change a pitcher’s willingness to come in.”

Fraley’s quiet mechanically but has above-average bat speed and the swing produces backspin a lot more than it used to, dating back to his college days.

“I wasn’t on him that hard,” an area scout remembers from the 2016 draft where Fraley was selected by the Rays at No. 77 overall. “He was a college coach’s dream and it’s easy to fall for him, and most scouts did, but it was tough to see how the bat would project (to the big leagues).”

Well, it’s projecting now, and honestly, the Mariners are probably running out of reasons to keep him in Arkansas. If he gets some time in Tacoma this summer, he probably sees the majors before the end of the year.

I haven’t settled where he’ll land in the June Prospect Rankings Update because the draft picks will have something to say about the Top 40 (and the Top 10), but he’s moving up further than anyone else in the Top 20.


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
SAT:
DNP
2019:
23 IP, 27 H, 12 ER, 10 BB, 22 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
SAT: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 10 GS, 3.07 ERA, 58.2 IP, 57 H, 4 BB, 49 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
SAT: 2-5, 2B
2019: .309/.390/.588, 14-2B, 3-3B, 12 HR, 31 RBI, 25 BB, 46 SO, 7 SB


No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 39.2 IP, 28 H, 9 ER, 10 BB, 54 SO, 2.63 ERA


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
SAT: 1-4, RBI, BB, SO
2019: .230/.302/.421, 14-2B, 7 HR, 28 RBI, 19 BB, 47 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
SAT: 5 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
2019: 12 GS, 66 IP, 66 H, 26 ER, 8 BB, 90 SO, 3.55 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
SAT: DNP
2019: 17 G, 19 IP, 13 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 30 SO


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
SAT: 1-5, RBI, 2 SO
2019: .297/.357/.402, 12-2B, 3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 19 BB, 41 SO


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B/CF
SAT: 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SO
2019: .275/.358/.401, 8-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 19 BB, 46 SO, 11 SB


 

West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
SAT: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
SAT: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
2019: 34.2 IP, 49 H, 27 ER, 8 BB, 25 SO, 8.15 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 11 GS, 50.2 IP IP, 41 H, 25 ER, 23 BB, 64 SO, 4.44 ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
SAT: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
SAT: 0-3, BB, SO
2019: .273/.387/.370, 8-2B, 3B, 2 HR, 25 BB, 37 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
SAT: DNP
2019: .211/.291/.493, 5-2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 7 BB, 24 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
SAT: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, SO
2019: 8 G, 5.65 ERA, 14.1 IP, 12 H, 12 BB, 18 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 5 G, 3 GS, 19.1 IP, 21 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 17 SO


DSL Mariners (R)

No. 10 Noelvi Marte, SS
SAT: 1-4, 2B, RBI, SO
2019: .250/.250/.500, 2B, RBI, SO

Marte, for now, is the player on the DSL roster in the Top 40, but that will change later in the summer as player fade or charge, graduate or are traded.…

(Photo of Braden Bishop by Jeff Halstead/Tacoma Rainiers)

Here’s how the top prospects performed down on the farm Thursday:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 49 IP, 44 H, 22 ER, 30 BB, 40 SO, 4.13 ERA


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
FRI: Recalled 5.21.2019
2019: .293/.362/.510, 6-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 35 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
FRI: 2-4, 2B, GSHR, 4 RBI, SB
2019: .293/.378/.500, 13-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 21 BB, 38 SO, 2 SB


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 3 GS, 11 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 14 SO


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
FRI: G1: 2 IP, H, BB, 0 SO | G2: DNP
2019: 9 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 15 SO, 3 WP

Bautista sat 95-97 mph with a slider at 84-87 he threw for strikes — the slider was above average in this outing, with command in and out of the zone. The hit yielded was a routine ground ball that snuck under the glove of Lopes at third base on a skip-hop.

The walk was of the four-pitch variety, a continual concern for Bautista. Even average control and he is a mainstay big-leaguer.


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
FRI: Recalled 5.20.2019
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
FRI: DNP (IL)
2019: .288/.363/.444, 5-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 20 BB, 41 SO, 4 SB


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
FRI: 0.1 IP
2019: 11 G, 4.50 ERA, 14.1 IP, 12 H, 6 BB, 19 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
FRI:1-4, RBI, SO, SB
2019: .326/.373/.513, 18-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 16 BB, 34 SO, 11 SB


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B/CF
FRI: 0-4, BB, 2 SO
2019: .274/.351/.402, 8-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 17 BB, 45 SO, 11 SB


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 43.1 IP, 40 H, 17 ER, 12 BB, 54 SO, 3.53 ERA


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
FRI: 1-4, 3B, RBI, 2 SO
2019: .226/.325/.350, 9-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 27 RBI, 26 BB, 58 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
FRI: 2-4, SO
2019: .248/.341/.333, 4-2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 16 BB, 32 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 55.1 IP, 62 H, 24 ER, 13 BB, 46 SO, 3.90 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
FRI: 0-4, 2 SO
2019: .250/.333/.450, 5-2B, 3-3B, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 19 BB, 46 SO, 10 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
FRI: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, SB
2019: .333/.404/.570, 13-2B, 2-3B, 9 HR, 38 RBI, 17 BB, 44 SO, 13 SB

Fraley’s sason numbers are so good right now there’s no need to use splits to describe how well he’s performed at the plate, but for fun, check this out, eh?

Fraley batted .371/.440/.639 in May and leads the Texas Lead in hitting and slugging percentage, and is 4th in OBP. His nine homers are the third-most in the circuit and he took over the TL’s wRC+ lead with tonight’s performance.

Before the game Friday I caught up with a scout to get some additional 411 on Fraley, starting with the power surge. Is it real?

“Sure, yeah, enough of it is,” the scout said. “He’s not likely to go out and hit long balls at his recent pace all year, but this is baseball. Sometimes big bashes come in big bunches. He’s find the fat part of the bat a lot.”

The scout raved about Fraley’s all-around game more than anything. “It’s tough to find something he sucks at, ya know?” the scout said, laughing. “You never want to get caught looking for reasons not to like a guy but the last three or four times I’ve seen him he’s shown me something. A few weeks back he went 1-5 I think and the one was a single. But he drove a couple more and looked like a fighter.

“He’s sturdy in the box, the head and hands follow only contact and that’s what you want to see. You can pitch to him, but he’s closes some hold and the added pow does a lot to change a pitcher’s willingness to come in.”

Fraley’s quiet mechanically but has above-average bat speed and the swing produces backspin a lot more than it used to, dating back to his college days.

“I wasn’t on him that hard,” an area scout remembers from the 2016 draft where Fraley was selected by the Rays at No. 77 overall. “He was a college coach’s dream and it’s easy to fall for him, and most scouts did, but it was tough to see how the bat would project (to the big leagues).”

Well, it’s projecting now, and honestly, the Mariners are probably running out of reasons to keep him in Arkansas. If he gets some time in Tacoma this summer, he probably sees the majors before the end of the year.

I haven’t settled where he’ll land in the June Prospect Rankings Update because the draft picks will have something to say about the Top 40 (and the Top 10), but he’s moving up further than anyone else in the Top 20.


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
FRI:
DNP
2019:
23 IP, 27 H, 12 ER, 10 BB, 22 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
FRI: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
FRI: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, BB, 5 SO
2019: 10 GS, 3.07 ERA, 58.2 IP, 57 H, 4 BB, 49 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
FRI: 1-4, 2 SO
2019: .308/.392/.595, 14-2B, 3-3B, 12 HR, 31 RBI, 25 BB, 46 SO, 7 SB

Kelenic singled in four trips in Game 2 with Modesto, but also officially and finally was credited with the home run he hit April 20, as the West Virginia Power completed their suspended game Friday. That was Kelenic’s 2nd homer of the year.


No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 39.2 IP, 28 H, 9 ER, 10 BB, 54 SO, 2.63 ERA

Gilbert pitched in that suspended game and now is credited with three shutout innings with a walk and six strikeouts. He did not give up a hit. He would make one more start with the Power before heading to Modesto.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
FRI: 1-3, BB, SO
2019: .230/.302/.421, 14-2B, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 18 BB, 46 SO

Raleigh may have turned a little corner here the past few weeks at the plate, but scouts are looking at the switch hitter as a legit catcher more and more, too, despite coming out of college with a lot of doubt.

He still has work to do; receiving, blocking, footwork, but he’s been highly accurate on his throws and has above-average arm strength.  He’s worked his way into terrific condition and it appears that’s done wonders for him.


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 11 GS, 61 IP, 54 H, 20 ER, 8 BB, 84 SO, 2.95 ERA


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
FRI: DNP
2019: 15 G, 20.2 IP, 12 H, 11 BB, 31 SO, 4.15 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
FRI: DNP
2019: 17 G, 19 IP, 13 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 30 SO


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
FRI: 1-4, 3B
2019: .299/.362/.400, 12-2B, 3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 19 BB, 39 SO


UR J.T. Salter, RHR
FRI:
DNP
2019: 7 G, 9.2 IP, 7 H, 7 BB 15 SO

UR Sam Delaplane, RHR
FRI: DNP
2019: 28.2 IP, 19 H, 12 BB, 55 SO, 3.77 ERA


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
FRI: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 29.2 IP, 40 H, 22 ER, 6 BB, 23 SO, 8.01 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
FRI: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, SO
2019: 11 GS, 50.2 IP IP, 41 H, 25 ER, 23 BB, 64 SO, 4.44 ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
FRI: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
FRI: 1-3
2019: .278/.390/.377, 8-2B, 3B, 2 HR, 24 BB, 36 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
FRI: 0-3, 2 SO
2019: .211/.291/.493, 5-2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 7 BB, 24 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
FRI: DNP
2019: 6 G, 2.57 ERA, 14 IP, 9 H, 9 BB, 17 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 5 G, 3 GS, 19.1 IP, 21 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 17 SO…

(Photo of Jarred Kelenic by Scott Hemberry/@ScottHemberry)

Here’s how the top prospects performed down on the farm Thursday:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
THU: DNP
2019: 49 IP, 44 H, 22 ER, 30 BB, 40 SO, 4.13 ERA


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
THU: Recalled 5.21.2019
2019: .293/.362/.510, 6-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 35 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
THU: G1: 0-3, BB, SO  |  G2: 1-4, RBI
2019: .288/.372/.475, 12-2B, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 21 BB, 38 SO


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 3 GS, 11 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 14 SO


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
THU: G1: 2 IP, H, BB, 0 SO  |  G2: DNP
2019: 9 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 15 SO, 3 WP

Bautista sat 95-97 mph with a slider at 84-87 he threw for strikes — the slider was above average in this outing, with command in and out of the zone. The hit yielded was a routine ground ball that snuck under the glove of Lopes at third base on a skip-hop.

The walk was of the four-pitch variety, a continual concern for Bautista. Even average control and he is a mainstay big-leaguer.


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
THU: Recalled 5.20.2019
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
THU: DNP (IL)
2019: .288/.363/.444, 5-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 20 BB, 41 SO, 4 SB


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
THU: 1 IP, H, 2 SO
2019: 11 G, 4.50 ERA, 14 IP, 12 H, 6 BB, 19 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
THU: G1: 2-3, 2B, RBI, SB  |  G2: 2-4, 2B, SO
2019: .328/.377/.519, 18-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 31 RBI, 16 BB, 33 SO, 10 SB


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B/CF
THU: G1: 0-2, BB, SO  |  G2: 0-2, BB, 2 SO
2019: .281/.355/.413, 8-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 16 BB, 43 SO, 11 SB


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 43.1 IP, 40 H, 17 ER, 12 BB, 54 SO, 3.53 ERA


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
THU: G1: 1-3, RBI, SO  |  G2: 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, SO
2019: .225/.327/.341, 9-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 27 RBI, 26 BB, 56 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
THU: G1: 1-2, 2 BB  |  G2: DNP
2019: .239/.323/.324, 4-2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 16 BB, 31 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
THU: DNP
2019: 55.1 IP, 62 H, 24 ER, 13 BB, 46 SO, 3.90 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
THU: G1: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, SO, SB  |  G2: 2-4, HR, RBI, BB
2019: .256/.341/.462, 4-2B, 3-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 19 BB, 44 SO, 10 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
THU: G1: 2-4, 2-2B, 3 RBI, SO  |  G2: 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO
2019: .330/.400/.532, 13-2B, 2-3B, 8 HR, 35 RBI, 17 BB, 44 SO, 12 SB


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
THU:
G1: DNP  |  G2: 2.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
2019:
23 IP, 27 H, 12 ER, 10 BB, 22 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
THU: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 3.42 ERA, 52.2 IP, 51 H, 3 BB, 44 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
THU: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, SO
2019: .301/.388/.577, 13-2B, 3-3B, 11 HR, 28 RBI, 25 BB, 46 SO, 7 SB

Kelenic hit a 3-2 fastball above the belt, middle-middle, and crushed it out to right field, into the wind, for HR No. 11, No. 1 with Modesto.

Yes, it’s just Advanced-A ball, but he won’t be 20 til next month and scouts are already planning for him starting in all-star games.

And some fans thought the Mariners gave up talent in the trade because they got out from under half Cano’s contract. No, what actually happened was Jerry Dipoto robbed Brodie Van Wagenen blind. The trade was NEVER light on talent for one second, because Kelenic was the headliner.

The best player Craig Kimbrel was ever traded for is Manuel Margot (1.9, 0.6, -0.1 fWAR 2017-19). Seattle did very well in that deal and it looks better every day because Kelenic keeps developing before out eyes.


No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
THU: 4.2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 SO
2019: 39.2 IP, 28 H, 9 ER, 10 BB, 54 SO, 2.63 ERA

Gilbert wasn’t sharp, the slider was below average, the curveball was average, but he didn’t command any of his pitches well. Still was only tagged with one earned run, which scored after he left the game.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
THU: 1-4, SO
2019: .228/.298/.422, 14-2B, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 17 BB, 45 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 11 GS, 61 IP, 54 H, 20 ER, 8 BB, 84 SO, 2.95 ERA


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
THU: DNP
2019: 15 G, 20.2 IP, 12 H, 11 BB, 31 SO, 4.15 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
THU: 1 IP, SO
2019: 17 G, 19 IP, 13 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 30 SO


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
THU: 0-4, RBI, SO
2019: .300/.362/.400, 12-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 19 BB, 39 SO


UR J.T. Salter, RHR
THU:
1 IP, 2 BB, 2 SO
2019: 7 G, 9.2 IP, 7 H, 7 BB 15 SO

UR Sam Delaplane, RHR
THU: DNP
2019: 28.2 IP, 19 H, 12 BB, 55 SO, 3.77 ERA


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
THU: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 29.2 IP, 40 H, 22 ER, 6 BB, 23 SO, 8.01 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 10 GS, 49 IP, 38 H, 18 ER, 18 BB, 63 SO, 3.31 ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
THU: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
THU: 1-3, 2 RBI
2019: .272/.384/.373, 8-2B, 3B, 2 HR, 23 BB, 36 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
THU: DNP
2019: .231/.315/.538, 5-2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 7 BB, 21 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
THU: 1 IP, 2 H
2019: 6 G, 2.57 ERA, 14 IP, 9 H, 9 BB, 17 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 5 G, 3 GS, 19.1 IP, 21 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 17 SO…

(Photo of Jake Fraley by Mark Wagner/Arkansas Travelers)

Here’s how the top prospects performed down on the farm Monday:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 49 IP, 44 H, 22 ER, 30 BB, 40 SO, 4.13 ERA


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
TUE: Recalled 5.21.2019
2019: .293/.362/.510, 6-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 35 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
TUE: 2-6, 2B, SB, 3 SO
2019: .294/.377/.490, 12-2B, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 20 BB, 37 SO


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 3 GS, 11 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 14 SO

5.26.2019: For the second start in a row Swanson went just three innings, and since last time out Rainiers skipper Daren Brown said it was planned, this one probably was, too, unless an injury is involved.

I’d guess the Mariners are strongly considering calling up Swanson to either pitch out of the bullpen or to specifically piggyback Yusei Kikuchi‘s next short-script, which could be this next time around.


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
TUE: DNP
2019: 9 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 15 SO, 3 WP

5.26.2019: Bautista looks pretty good, but there’s no guarantee he’s activated and called up to the bigs when his rehab is up June 8, despite how battered the Mariners’ bullpen has looked at times this season. There’s still work to be done here, mostly in terms of control, not as much command.

He throws 95-100 mph, but does fall behind too often and forced to battle back into counts. His slider is about average, flashing above average, but its effectiveness takes a dive when he’s behind in the count..


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
TUE: Recalled 5.20.2019
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
TUE: DNP
2019: .288/.363/.444, 5-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 20 BB, 41 SO, 4 SB

5.25.2019: Liberato was added for need after all the recent roster shakeup due to injuries to the Mariners 25-man roster as well as the Rainiers’ own issues.


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
TUE: DNP
2019: 10 G, 4.85 ERA, 13 IP, 11 H, 6 BB, 17 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
TUE: 2-6, 2 SO, SB
2019: .318/.372/.506, 16-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 16 BB, 32 SO, 8 SB

5.26.2019: We might have to have a conversation at some point about Lopes being a contender for Dylan Moore‘s role with the club. But right now, neither are necessary in Seattle. If Jerry Dipoto trades Tim Beckham or Dee Gordon this summer, that will change.


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
TUE: DNP
2019: 8 G, 8 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 43.1 IP, 40 H, 17 ER, 12 BB, 54 SO, 3.53 ERA

5.26.2019: Dunn threw 88 pitches, 65 for strikes and induced nine swinging strikes. His overall control remains very good but at times his fastball command gets him into trouble.

Scouts are telling me the slider is effective but needs to be sharper to get swings and misses in the big leagues, so coupled with his fastball command Dunn has things to work on the rest of 2019, despite the strong numbers.

Dunn is No. 4 in Double-A in K% and his 25.5% K-BB is strong. Dunn’s FIP also ranks in the Top 25 for pitchers above Advanced-A.


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
TUE: 0-4, SO
2019: .211/.316/.325, 8-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 25 BB, 54 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
TUE: DNP
2019: .234/.323/.324, 4-2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 14 BB, 31 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
TUE: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO
2019: 55.1 IP, 62 H, 24 ER, 13 BB, 46 SO, 3.90 ERA

Sanchez threw 60 of 90 pitches for strikes on his way to a quality outing. He’s limited on secondaries a bit, but Sanchez throws strikes and has touched 94 mph this season (typically sits 90-92).


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
TUE: 0-4, SO
2019: .248/.329/.436, 4-2B, 3-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 43 SO, 9 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
TUE: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB
2019: .324/.400/.532, 11-2B, 2-3B, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 16 BB, 41 SO, 12 SB

Fraley is in the top 20 in all of Double-A in wRC+, batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. He’s running on a very high BABIP right now, but it’s one of the more misunderstood statistics, particularly when discussing developing young players.

Good hitters have high BABIP — Mike Trout, Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Judge all carry .350+ BABIP marks.


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
TUE:
DNP
2019:
20.1 IP, 25 H, 11 ER, 10 BB, 20 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
TUE: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 3.42 ERA, 52.2 IP, 51 H, 3 BB, 44 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 35 IP, 25 H, 8 ER, 9 BB, 49 SO, 2.63 ERA

5.25.2019: Gilbert induced 12 swings and misses, flashed a plus curveball and average changeup to go with 93-96 mph with the fastball. The heater showed some armside run and the right-hander did a good job mixing upper-zone life with downward plane, helping him maximize his fastball value.

Gilbert is No. 5 in all of the minors in K-BB% at 31.6, a category led by Ljay Newsome at 34.2%. Gilbert ranks No. 7 in K% and is No. 18 in FIP at 2.40.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
TUE: 2-5, 2-2B, RBI, 2 SO
2019: .233/.303/.425, 14-2B, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 17 BB, 43 SO

Raleigh has 10 doubles in May, seven in his past nine games. During that same span, he’s struck out just six times, drawn three walks and posted four multi-hit efforts.


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 11 GS, 61 IP, 54 H, 20 ER, 8 BB, 84 SO, 2.95 ERA


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
TUE: 2 IP, 2H, ER, BB, 2 SO
2019: 15 G, 20.2 IP, 12 H, 11 BB, 31 SO, 4.15 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
TUE: 1 IP, H, 2 SO
2019: 16 G, 18 IP, 13 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 29 SO


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
TUE: 1-4, 3B, BB
2019: .314/.377/.419, 12-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 19 BB, 34 SO


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B/CF
TUE: 2-5, SO
2019: .288/.356/.423, 8-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 14 BB, 40 SO, 11 SB


UR J.T. Salter, RHR
TUE:
DNP
2019: 6 G, 8.2 IP, 7 H, 5 BB 13 SO

UR Sam Delaplane, RHR
TUE: DNP
2019: 28.2 IP, 19 H, 12 BB, 55 SO, 3.77 ERA


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
TUE: Game 1: 2-4, HR | Game 2: 0-3
2019: .303/.391/.564, 13-2B, 3-3B, 10 HR, 26 RBI, 25 BB, 45 SO, 7 SB

Kelenic was promoted to Advanced-A Modesto Tuesday and the rest of the Sally League just breathed a tremendous sigh of relief.


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
TUE: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO

Contrary to what I wondered in the latest Baseball Things, Rodriguez is swinging a bat and is expected to take BP this week. All this suggests a return sometime the first half of June.


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 29.2 IP, 40 H, 22 ER, 6 BB, 23 SO, 8.01 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 10 GS, 49 IP, 38 H, 18 ER, 18 BB, 63 SO, 3.31 ERA

Inman is No. 9 in Class-A in K% at 30.1 and his 2.96 FIP ranks No. 12.


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
TUE: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
TUE: Game 1: 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI | Game 2: 0-3, 2 SO
2019: .271/.387/.368, 7-2B, 3B, 2 HR, 23 BB, 36 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
TUE: Game 1: DNP | Game 2: 0-3, SO
2019: .231/.315/.538, 5-2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 7 BB, 21 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
TUE: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
TUE: 3 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 3 SO
2019: 5 G, 3 GS, 19.1 IP, 21 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 17 SO…

(Photo of Jake Fraley by Mark Wagner/Arkansas Travelers)

Here’s how the top prospects performed down on the farm:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 45 IP, 38 H, 19 ER, 29 BB, 34 SO, 3.89 ERA

5.22.2019: Sheffield showed better control and better command Wednesday — though still not where it needs to be. His slider was fringe-average and his changeup was below average, perhaps explaining the low strikeout total, but this may be a sign of something fixed in the delivery.

The lefty threw 94 pitches, 57 for strikes, and generated 13 ground ball outs.


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
SUN: Recalled 5.21.2019
2019: .293/.362/.510, 6-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 35 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
SUN: 2-4, 2B, BB
2019: .301/.388/.503, 11-2B, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 20 BB, 34 SO

NEW: Just call him up already, for crying out loud. Is he a star? No. Is he one of the best 25 players in the org right now? Maybe not, but he’s close. And he’s part of the future. Ya know who’s not? Jay Bruce, Ryon Healy, Dee Gordon, Edwin Encarnacion.


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
SUN: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
2019: 3 GS, 11 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 14 SO

NEW: For the second start in a row Swanson went just three innings, and since last time out Rainiers skipper Daren Brown said it was planned, this one probably was, too, unless an injury is involved.

I’d guess the Mariners are strongly considering calling up Swanson to either pitch out of the bullpen or to specifically piggyback Yusei Kikuchi‘s next short-script, which could be this next time around.


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
SUN: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
2019: 9 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 15 SO, 3 WP

NEW: Bautista looks pretty good, but there’s no guarantee he’s activated and called up to the bigs when his rehab is up June 8, despite how battered the Mariners’ bullpen has looked at times this season. There’s still work to be done here, mostly in terms of control, not as much command.

He throws 95-100 mph, but does fall behind too often and forced to battle back into counts. His slider is about average, flashing above average, but its effectiveness takes a dive when he’s behind in the count..


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
SUN: Recalled 5.20.2019
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
SUN: DNP
2019: .288/.363/.444, 5-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 20 BB, 41 SO, 4 SB

5.25.2019: Liberato was added for need after all the recent roster shakeup due to injuries to the Mariners 25-man roster as well as the Rainiers’ own issues.


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
SUN: DNP
2019: 10 G, 4.85 ERA, 13 IP, 11 H, 6 BB, 17 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
SUN: 2-4, 2 RBI, BB
2019: .313/.371/.506, 15-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 16 BB, 29 SO, 8 SB

NEW: We might have to have a conversation at some point about Lopes being a contender for Dylan Moore‘s role with the club. But right now, neither are necessary in Seattle. If Jerry Dipoto trades Tim Beckham or Dee Gordon this summer, that will change.


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
SUN: DNP
2019: 8 G, 8 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO

NEW: The Mariners can keep Tui’s rehab going after transferring him from the 10-day IL to the 60-day version and it appears that’s still the plan. Tui has pitched back-to-back (in Modesto) but otherwise has been pitching every 2-3 days. He last went Friday, so if he doesn’t pitch Monday in Salt Lake, there may be a status change.

For the record, Tuivailala was placed on the IL March 17, so the 60-day transfer did nothing to push back his timetable for return.


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
SUN: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
2019: 43.1 IP, 40 H, 17 ER, 12 BB, 54 SO, 3.53 ERA

NEW: Dunn threw 88 pitches, 65 for strikes and induced nine swinging strikes. His overall control remains very good but at times his fastball command gets him into trouble.

Scouts are telling me the slider is effective but needs to be sharper to get swings and misses in the big leagues, so coupled with his fastball command Dunn has things to work on the rest of 2019, despite the strong numbers.

Dunn is No. 4 in Double-A in K% and his 25.5% K-BB is strong. Dunn’s FIP also ranks in the Top 25 for pitchers above Advanced-A.


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
SUN: 1-4, SO
2019: .216/.323/.333, 8-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 25 BB, 53 SO, 2 SB

NEW: Lewis broke a 20 at-bat hitless streak with a backside ground ball in the fifth inning Sunday. Too many swings and misses. Too many bad takes. Not enough hard contact. When Lewis makes contact, it’s good contact — he’s batting over .290 on balls in play — there’s just not enough of it right now, and not enough damage being done, thanks to a 48% ground ball rate.


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
SUN: 1-4, SO
2019: .234/.323/.324, 4-2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 14 BB, 31 SO

NEW: White hasn’t found his stroke yet and it might just be that simple. There’s never been much doubt as to whether White could hit enough — at least .260-.270 with league average OBP — and we haven’t seen that yet in 2019.


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 49 IP, 56 H, 22 ER, 13 BB, 41 SO, 4.04 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
SUN: 0-4, SO
2019: .255/.337/.448, 4-2B, 3-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 42 SO, 9 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
SUN: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, SB
2019: .324/.398/.519, 11-2B, 2-3B, 6 HR, 28 RBI, 16 BB, 41 SO, 12 SB

Fraley is in the top 20 in all of Double-A in wRC+, batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. He’s running on a very high BABIP right now, but it’s one of the more misunderstood statistics, particularly when discussing developing young players.

Good hitters have high BABIP — Mike Trout, Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Judge all carry .350+ BABIP marks.


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
SUN:
1 IP, BB, SO
2019: 20
.1 IP, 25 H, 11 ER, 10 BB, 20 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
SUN: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 3.42 ERA, 52.2 IP, 51 H, 3 BB, 44 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 35 IP, 25 H, 8 ER, 9 BB, 49 SO, 2.63 ERA

5.25.2019: Gilbert induced 12 swings and misses, flashed a plus curveball and average changeup to go with 93-96 mph with the fastball. The heater showed some armside run and the right-hander did a good job mixing upper-zone life with downward plane, helping him maximize his fastball value.

Gilbert is No. 5 in all of the minors in K-BB% at 31.6, a category led by Ljay Newsome at 34.2%. Gilbert ranks No. 7 in K% and is No. 18 in FIP at 2.40.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
SUN: 0-4, SO
2019: .227/.304/.429, 12-2B, 7 HR, 26 RBI, 17 BB, 40 SO

Raleigh has three homers and six doubles in his last 13 game,s with seven walks and nine strikeouts. It’s a small sample that alone means zilch, but four of his last seven hits have been at 100 mph or more. He’s still looking to get things going as a right-handed batter (only 32 ABs) but as a lefty he’s up to .244/.314/.457 with 9 doubles and six homers in 130 at-bats.

Despite uninspiring numbers thus far, Raleigh ranks in the Top 10 across all Advanced-A leagues in wRC+ for catchers.


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 10 GS, 58.1 IP, 46 H, 13 ER, 7 BB, 82 SO, 2.01 ERA

5.22.2019: Newsome threw 77 of 94 pitches for strikes (81.9%), which is ridiculous. Striking out 10 batters while pounding the zone like that strongly suggests his combo of stuff and command may not be challenged enough in the Cal League.

Fully expect Newsome to see Double-A Arkansas in 2019 and it may come before the All-Star break.


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
SUN: DNP
2019: 14 G, 18.2 IP, 10 H, 10 BB, 30 SO, 4.12 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
SUN: DNP
2019: 15 G, 17 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, 8 BB, 27 SO


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
SUN: 2-4, SO
2019: .321/.382/.419, 12-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 18 BB, 34 SO


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B
SUN: 2-4
2019: .284/.351/.419, 7-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 13 BB, 38 SO, 11 SB


UR J.T. Salter, RHR
SUN:
DNP
2019: 5 G, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 5 BB 9 SO

UR Sam Delaplane, RHR
SUN:  DNP
2019: 27.2 IP, 19 H, 11 BB, 53 SO, 3.90 ERA

Delaplane is rocking a 1.33 FIP — No. 1 among all Advanced-A pitchers — and a 48.6% strikeout rate, which is No. 2.


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
SUN: 2-5, HR, RBI
2019: .304/.394/.558, 13-2B, 3-3B, 9 HR, 25 RBI, 25 BB, 45 SO, 7 SB

Kelenic is heating up again and ranks No. 3 in Class-A in wRC+ and is one of two teenagers to rank in the top 10.


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
SUN: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO

NEW: Contrary to what I wondered in the latest Baseball Things, Rodriguez is swinging a bat and is expected to take BP this week. All this suggests a return sometime the first half of June.


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
SUN: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 SO
2019: 29.2 IP, 40 H, 22 ER, 6 BB, 23 SO, 8.01 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 10 GS, 49 IP, 38 H, 18 ER, 18 BB, 63 SO, 3.31 ERA

Inman is No. 9 in Class-A in K% at 30.1 and his 2.96 FIP ranks No. 12.


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
SUN: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
SUN: DNP
2019: .268/.389/.356, 7-2B, 2 HR, 23 BB, 34 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
SUN: 1-4, HR, BB, 2 SO, 5 RBI
2019: .231/.315/.538, 5-2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 7 BB, 21 SO

NEW: Nevarez hit a grand slam in the righth to tie the game and drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th to force home the winning run.


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
SUN: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 4 G, 3 GS, 16.1 IP, 17 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 14 SO…

(Photo of Jake Fraley by Mark Wagner)

Here’s the day down on the farm:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
THU: DNP
2019: 45 IP, 38 H, 19 ER, 29 BB, 34 SO, 3.89 ERA

5.22.2019 — Sheffield showed better control and better command Wednesday — though still not where it needs to be. His slider was fringe-average and his changeup was below average, perhaps explaining the low strikeout total, but this may be a sign of something fixed in the delivery.

The lefty threw 94 pitches, 57 for strikes, and generated 13 ground ball outs.


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
THU: Recalled 5.21.2019
2019: .293/.362/.510, 6-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 35 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
THU: 0-4, BB, 2 SO
2019: .287/.368/.478, 8-2B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 17 BB, 34 SO


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 1 GS, 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
THU: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
2019: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 12 SO, 3 WP


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
THU: Recalled 5.20.2019
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
THU: DNP
2019: 9 G, 5.25 ERA, 12 IP, 11 H, 5 BB, 15 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
THU: 0-4
2019: .322/.377/.530, 14-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 14 BB, 28 SO, 8 SB


MLB Kyle Seager, 3B (rehab) — 1-4

Seager is now 10-39 with two doubles, three walks and seven strikeouts on his rehab assignment.


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
THU: DNP
2019: 7 G, 7 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 7 SO


UR Ian Miller, OF
THU: 1-4, 2B
2019: .299/.347/.516, 18-2B, 2-3B, 4 HR, 30 RBI, 13 BB, 36 SO, 10 SB

Miller, 27, isn’t really a prospect at this point — he’s not on the 40-man and lacks the physical tools that project to the big leagues.

But he’s more than taking advantage of the PCL (ballparks, the baseball, pitching) this season — call it the juiced ball if you want, but Miller has 18 doubles this season, four off his career high, and you can’t get to that number in under 170 plate appearances by hitting pop-ups that travel further because of the ballparks and baseballs.

Entering play Thursday, Miller’s line-drive rate was at 26.5% and he’s spraying batted balls evenly to all fields. Time to reca-nyze.


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 37.1 IP, 34 H, 14 ER, 10 BB, 50 SO, 3.51 ERA


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
THU: 0-3, BB, SO
2019: .225/.333/.351, 8-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 24 BB, 50 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
THU: 0-4, 2 SO
2019: .233/.328/.330, 4-2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 14 BB, 29 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
THU: DNP
2019: 49 IP, 56 H, 22 ER, 13 BB, 41 SO, 4.04 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
THU: DNP
2019: .262/.346/.461, 4-2B, 3-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 41 SO, 8 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
THU: 0-2, 2 BB, SB
2019: .316/.394/.506, 10-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 16 BB, 40 SO, 11 SB

Fraley went hitless but drew two free passes and stole a base. The centerfielder is having a strong first half and is ahead of Kyle Lewis and Dom-Thompson-Williams — fellow teammates and outfield prospects — in the path for promotion to Triple-A Tacoma.

Despite 40 strikeouts on the year, Fraley is doing everything else — and 40 whiffs is under 23 percent strikeout rate, which isn’t as bad as it used to be.


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
THU: DNP

2019:
19.1 IP, 25 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 19 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
THU: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 8 GS, 3.74 ERA, 45.2 IP, 47 H, 3 BB, 40 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 29 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 42 SO, 2.63 ERA


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
THU: 2-4
2019: .224/.302/.421, 5-2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 38 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 10 GS, 58.1 IP, 46 H, 13 ER, 7 BB, 82 SO, 2.01 ERA

5.22.2019 — Newsome threw 77 of 94 pitches for strikes (81.9%). which is ridiculous. Striking out 10 batters while poudning the zone like that strongly suggests his combo of stuff and command may not be enough of a challenge for him at this stage.

Fully expect Newsome to see Double-A Arkansas in 2019 and it may come before the All-Star break.


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
THU: DNP
2019: 13 G, 18 IP, 10 H, 9 BB, 30 SO, 4.26 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
THU: DNP
2019: 14 G, 15.1 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 23 SO, 2.93 ERA, 5 SV


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
THU: DNP
2019: .288/.362/.448, 5-2B, 7 HR, 19 BB, 40 SO, 4 SB

Liberato has the same number of extra-base hits as 45-year-old rookie Jason A. Churchill since May 11, a span of 10 games.


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
THU: 0-3, BB
2019: .326/.387/.430, 12-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 17 BB, 30 SO


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B
THU: 2-4, 3B
2019: .275/.340/.420, 7-2B, 2-3B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 37 SO, 11 SB

Kopach played right field and had three assists. He’s a natural shortstop who’s been playing a lot of second base. Plus speed, 55 arm, fluid athlete. Chance to be a utility type of the bats keep moving in this direction.


UR J.T. Salter
THU: DNP
2019: 4 G, 6 IP, 0 H, 2 BB 7 SO


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
THU: 1-4, RBI, 2 SO
2019: .304/.393/.544, 13-2B, 3B, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 22 BB, 43 SO, 7 SB


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
THU: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 24.2 IP, 33 H, 17 ER, 5 BB, 20 SO, 7.82 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 43 IP, 34 H, 18 ER, 17 BB, 56 SO, 3.77 ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
THU: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
THU: 3-4, 2-2B, RBI
2019: .268/.390/.359, 7-2B, 2 HR, 22 BB, 33 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
THU: 0-4, 2 SO
2019: .230/.344/.574, 5-2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 BB, 19 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
THU: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
THU: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 2 SO
2019: 4 G, 3 GS, 16.1 IP, 17 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 14 SO

 …

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 38 IP, 31 H, 18 ER, 28 BB, 32 SO, 4.38 ERA


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
TUE: Recalled 5.21.2019
2019: .293/.362/.510, 6-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 35 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
TUE: 3-6, SO
2019: .302/.377/.504, 8-2B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 15 BB, 31 SO


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
TUE: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
2019: 1 GS, 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO

Swanson threw 54 pitches, 32 strikes and didn’t quite seem himself in this one. But it’s still curious why he was removed after 54 pitches and three frames.


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
TUE: Recalled 5.20.2019
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
TUE: 2 IP, BB, 2 SO
2019: 9 G, 5.25 ERA, 12 IP, 11 H, 5 BB, 15 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
TUE: 1-5, 2B
2019: .331/.387/.545, 14-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 14 BB, 27 SO, 8 SB


MLB Kyle Seager, 3B (rehab) — 2-4, 3 RBI, BB

Seager is now 9-32 with two doubles, two walks and seven strikeouts on his rehab assignment.


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
TUE: 1 IP, 1 SO
2019: 7 G, 7 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 7 SO

Tui’s first outing with Tacoma during his rehab stint went well, including 12 of 19 pitches for strikes.


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
TUE: 1 IP, H
2019: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO, 3 WP

Bautista’s stuff looked good again, touching 100 mph with the fastball, and the slider showed some vertical depth at 88-89. His control was spotty after the first batter but he didn’t let the inning get away from him.


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 37.1 IP, 34 H, 14 ER, 10 BB, 50 SO, 3.51 ERA

5.20.2019 — Dunn was ejected in the 5th inning Monday after a disputed ground ball-HBP was overturned after the umpires gathered. Not ideal, but there is good news.

Dunn was pretty solid again despite a 4-5 batters span where he fought his control and command and surrendered two runs, one earned, raising his pitch count. In the end, he threw 70 pitches, 43 for strikes.


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
TUE: DNP (weather)
2019: .243/.352/.379, 8-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 23 BB, 47 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
TUE: DNP (weather)
2019: .245/.327/.351, 4-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 11 BB, 26 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
TUE: DNP (weather)
2019: 44 IP, 48 H, 18 ER, 13 BB, 37 SO, 3.68 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
TUE: DNP (weather)
2019: .262/.346/.461, 4-2B, 3-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 41 SO, 8 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
TUE: DNP (weather)
2019: .304/.374/.469, 7-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 13 BB, 39 SO, 10 SB


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
TUE:
DNP (weather)
2019:
17.1 IP, 23 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 17 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
TUE: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 8 GS, 3.74 ERA, 45.2 IP, 47 H, 3 BB, 40 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 29 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 42 SO, 2.63 ERA


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
TUE: 0-3, BB
2019: .214/.292/.414, 8-2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 15 BB, 38 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 51.2 IP, 41 H, 13 ER, 7 BB, 72 SO, 2.26 ERA


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
TUE: DNP
2019: 12 G, 17 IP, 9 H, 9 BB, 28 SO, 4.50 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
TUE: DNP
2019: 14 G, 15.1 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 23 SO, 2.93 ERA, 5 SV


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
TUE: 0-3, SO
2019: .296/.370/.459, 5-2B, 7 HR, 19 BB, 37 SO, 4 SB


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
TUE: 1-4, 2B
2019: .327/.388/.430, 11-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 16 BB, 29 SO


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B
TUE: 1-4, 2 SO
2019: .269/.340/.398, 6-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 35 SO, 11 SB


UR J.T. Salter
TUE: 2 IP, BB, 2 SO
2019: 4 G, 6 IP, 0 H, 2 BB 7 SO


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
TUE: 1-3, HR, RBI, BB, SO
2019: .299/.385/.518, 13-2B, 3B, 7 HR, 21 RBI, 21 BB, 41 SO, 7 SB


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
TUE: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
TUE: 3 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
2019: 24.2 IP, 33 H, 17 ER, 5 BB, 20 SO, 7.82 ERA

Casetta-Stubbs is in full struggle mode with his control and command and the stuff is lagging a bit, too, especially the movement on his fastball. He’s shown plenty early on to be excited about but there’s a fix or three to be made here — which is not at all surprising, considering he was pitching in high school a year ago.


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 43 IP, 34 H, 18 ER, 17 BB, 56 SO, 3.77 ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
TUE: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
TUE: DNP
2019: .261/.390/.343, 5-2B, 2 HR, 22 BB, 31 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
TUE: DNP
2019: .259/.344/.574, 5-2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 BB, 16 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
TUE: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
TUE: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 6 SO
2019:

5.19.2019 — Florido, 18, is a strike-throwing machine at this point and in the SALLY League it’s working just fine. The right-hander threw 69 pitches, 52 for strikes (75%) in covering his five innings.

Everything is pretty raw right now, but keep an eye on Florido for a few years, regardless of his performances. There’s some physical projection here and he’s alreayd working with above-control and fringe-average command.…

Kyle Seager and Dylan Moore continue their rehab stints in Triple-A Tacoma and the rest of the day down on the farm for the Seattle Mariners:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
MON: DNP
2019: 38 IP, 31 H, 18 ER, 28 BB, 32 SO, 4.38 ERA


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
MON: 3-5, 2B, SO
2019: .293/.362/.510, 6-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 35 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
MON: 1-6, RBI
2019: .293/.371/.504, 8-2B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 15 BB, 30 SO


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
MON: DNP
2019: 1 GS, 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
MON: Recalled 5.20.2019
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
MON: DNP
2019: 8 G, 6.30 ERA, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 BB, 13 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
MON: 2-4, BB, 2B, 2 SO, SB
2019: .336/.392/.550, 13-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 14 BB, 27 SO, 8 SB


MLB Dylan Moore, SS (rehab) — 0-5, BB


MLB Kyle Seager, 3B (rehab) — 1-6, SO

Seager was back at 3B Monday and remains in line to return this coming weekend.


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
MON: DNP
2019: 6 G, 6 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
MON: 4 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 5 SO
2019: 37.1 IP, 34 H, 14 ER, 10 BB, 50 SO, 3.51 ERA

Dunn was ejected in the 5th inning of this game after a disputed ground ball-HBP was overturned after the umpires gathered. Not ideal, but there is good news.

Dunn was pretty solid again despite a 4-5 batters span where he fought his control and command and surrendered two runs, one earned, raising his pitch count. In the end, he threw 70 pitches, 43 for strikes.


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
MON: DNP
2019: .243/.352/.379, 8-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 23 BB, 47 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
MON: 0-3, BB, SO
2019: .245/.327/.351, 4-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 11 BB, 26 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
MON: DNP
2019: 44 IP, 48 H, 18 ER, 13 BB, 37 SO, 3.68 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
MON: 0-4, 2 SO, SB
2019: .262/.346/.461, 4-2B, 3-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 41 SO, 8 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
MON: 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB, SO
2019: .304/.374/.469, 7-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 13 BB, 39 SO, 10 SB


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
MON:
DNP
2019:
17.1 IP, 23 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 17 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
MON: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
MON: DNP
2019: 8 GS, 3.74 ERA, 45.2 IP, 47 H, 3 BB, 40 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
MON: DNP
2019: 29 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 42 SO, 2.63 ERA

Gilbert was tremendous Sunday, as the line indicates. Furthermore, both hits were singles and one was an infield squib job.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
MON: DNP
2019: .218/.293/.423, 8-2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 38 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
MON: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 51.2 IP, 41 H, 13 ER, 7 BB, 72 SO, 2.26 ERA


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
MON: DNP
2019: 12 G, 17 IP, 9 H, 9 BB, 28 SO, 4.50 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
MON: DNP
2019: 14 G, 15.1 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 23 SO, 2.93 ERA, 5 SV


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
MON: DNP
2019: 5 IP, H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO, 2 WP


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
MON: DNP
2019: .301/.376/.468, 5-2B, 7 HR, 19 BB, 36 SO, 4 SB


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
MON: DNP
2019: .329/.391/.429, 10-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 16 BB, 29 SO


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B
MON: DNP
2019: .269/.340/.398, 6-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 35 SO, 11 SB


UR J.T. Salter
MON: DNP
2019: 3 G, 4 IP, 0 H, BB 5 SO


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
MON: 0-3, BB
2019: .298/.383/.503, 13-2B, 3B, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 20 BB, 40 SO, 7 SB


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
MON: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
MON: DNP
2019: 24.2 IP, 33 H, 17 ER, 5 BB, 20 SO, 6.85 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
MON: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 SO
2019: 9 GS, 43 IP, 34 H, 18 ER, 17 BB, 56 SO, 3.77 ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
MON: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
MON: 1-2
2019: .261/.390/.343, 5-2B, 2 HR, 22 BB, 31 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
MON: 0-3, SO
2019: .259/.344/.574, 5-2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 BB, 16 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
MON: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
MON: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 6 SO
2019:

5.19.2019 — Florido, 18, is a strike-throwing machine at this point and in the SALLY League it’s working just fine. The right-hander threw 69 pitches, 52 for strikes (75%) in covering his five innings.

Everything is pretty raw right now, but keep an eye on Florido for a few years, regardless of his performances. There’s some physical projection here and he’s alreayd working with above-control and fringe-average command.…

Kyle Seager and Dylan Moore continue their rehab stints in Triple-A Tacoma but Logan Gilbert was the star of the day in the Seattle Mariners farm system.

Here’s how the top prospects performed.

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 38 IP, 31 H, 18 ER, 28 BB, 32 SO, 4.38 ERA


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
SUN: 1-5, BB, 2 SO
2019: .282/.354/.500, 5-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 34 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
SUN: 2-6, 4 RBI, 2 SO
2019: .299/.381/.521, 8-2B, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 15 BB, 30 SO


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 1 GS, 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
SUN: Recalled 5.20.2019
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
SUN: DNP
2019: 8 G, 6.30 ERA, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 BB, 13 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
SUN: 4-6, SB
2019: .331/.386/.544, 12-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 13 BB, 25 SO, 7 SB


MLB Dylan Moore, SS (rehab) — 3-5, 3 RBI


MLB Kyle Seager, 3B (rehab) — 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, SO

Seager was back at DH and squared it up more in this game than any other. The timing of his return seems to be lining up well.


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
SUN: DNP
2019: 6 G, 6 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 33.1 IP, 30 H, 13 ER, 9 BB, 45 SO, 3.51 ERA


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
SUN: 1-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 SO
2019: .243/.352/.379, 8-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 23 BB, 47 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
SUN: (PH) 0-0, BB
2019: .253/.330/.363, 4-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 10 BB, 25 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 44 IP, 48 H, 18 ER, 13 BB, 37 SO, 3.68 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
SUN: (PH) 0-1
2019: .270/.354/.474, 4-2B, 3-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 39 SO, 8 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
SUN: 2-5, RBI, SO
2019: .297/.374/.469, 6-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 13 BB, 38 SO, 10 SB


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
SUN:
DNP
2019:
17.1 IP, 23 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 17 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
SUN: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 8 GS, 3.74 ERA, 45.2 IP, 47 H, 3 BB, 40 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
SUN: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 SO
2019: 29 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 42 SO, 2.63 ERA

Gilbert was tremendous Sunday, as the line indicates. Furthermore, both hits were singles and one was an infield squib job.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
SUN: 2-4, 2B, SO
2019: .218/.293/.423, 8-2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 38 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 51.2 IP, 41 H, 13 ER, 7 BB, 72 SO, 2.26 ERA


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
SUN: DNP
2019: 12 G, 17 IP, 9 H, 9 BB, 28 SO, 4.50 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
SUN: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 SO
2019: 14 G, 15.1 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 23 SO, 2.93 ERA, 5 SV


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
SUN: DNP
2019: 5 IP, H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO, 2 WP


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
SUN: 2-4, SO
2019: .301/.376/.468, 5-2B, 7 HR, 19 BB, 36 SO, 4 SB


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
SUN: 2-4, 2B, SO
2019: .329/.391/.429, 10-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 16 BB, 29 SO


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B
SUN: 1-3, RBI
2019: .269/.340/.398, 6-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 35 SO, 11 SB


UR J.T. Salter
SUN: DNP
2019: 3 G, 4 IP, 0 H, BB 5 SO


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
SUN: 0-5, SO
2019: .304/.385/.513, 13-2B, 3B, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 19 BB, 40 SO, 7 SB


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
SUN: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 24.2 IP, 33 H, 17 ER, 5 BB, 20 SO, 6.85 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
SUN: DNP
2019: 8 GS, 37 IP, 27 H, 15 ER, 16 BB, 52 SO, 3.65ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
SUN: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
SUN: 2-4, 2B
2019: .258/.385/.341, 5-2B, 2 HR, 22 BB, 31 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
SUN: DNP
2019: .259/.344/.574, 5-2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 BB, 16 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
SUN: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
SUN: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 6 SO
2019:

5.19.2019 — Florido, 18, is a strike-throwing machine at this point and in the SALLY League it’s working just fine. The right-hander threw 69 pitches, 52 for strikes (75%) in covering his five innings.

Everything is pretty raw right now, but keep an eye on Florido for a few years, regardless of his performances. There’s some physical projection here and he’s alreayd working with above-control and fringe-average command.…

(Photo of Darren McCaughan by Rich Crimi)

West Virginia’s Deivy Florido is a long-term project to watch and Darren McCaughan kept up his zone-punishing ways for Arkansas.

Here’s the day down on the farm:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 38 IP, 31 H, 18 ER, 28 BB, 32 SO, 4.38 ERA

5.17.19 — Sheffield struggled again with command Friday night in Reno, but not as bad as in many of his other starts. Reno’s home park is as unforgiving as almost any in the PCL (which is full of them). The lefty sat 92-94 mph most of the start, tagged 95 a small handful of times and flashed an above-average slider.

But still, not everything’s syncing for Sheffield in 2019. Not yet, anyway.


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
SAT: 0-4, SO
2019: .285/.355/.511, 5-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 15 BB, 32 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
SAT: 2-3, BB, SO
2019: .297/.383/.532, 8-2B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 15 BB, 28 SO


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 1 GS, 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
SAT: DNP
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
SAT: DNP
2019: 8 G, 6.30 ERA, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 BB, 13 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
SAT: 0-3, BB
2019: .315/.374/.531, 11-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 13 BB, 25 SO, 6 SB


MLB Dylan Moore, SS — 0-3, BB, SO


MLB Kyle Seager, 3B — 0-4, 2 SO

Seager played 3B for seven full innings Saturday. There’s little question he’s returning at the earliest possible time, barring future setbacks.


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 33.1 IP, 30 H, 13 ER, 9 BB, 45 SO, 3.51 ERA


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
SAT: 2-5
2019: .235/.342/.371, 7-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 21 BB, 45 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
SAT: 1-4, RBI, BB, SO
2019: .253/.324/.363, 4-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 9 BB, 25 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 44 IP, 48 H, 18 ER, 13 BB, 37 SO, 3.68 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
SAT: 0-5, SO
2019: .272/.357/.478, 4-2B, 2-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 39 SO, 8 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
SAT: 1-3, SO, SB
2019: .293/.373/.471, 6-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 13 BB, 37 SO, 10 SB


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
SAT:
DNP
2019:
17.1 IP, 23 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 17 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
SAT: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
SAT: 7 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 SO
2019: 8 GS, 3.74 ERA, 45.2 IP, 47 H, 3 BB, 40 SO

McCaughan threw 94 pitches, 61 of them strikes.


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 29 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 42 SO, 2.63 ERA

Gilbert’s K rate is at 36.5% combined between his time in the South Atlantic League and his two starts for Modesto.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
SAT: DNP
2019: .210/.288/.413, 7-2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 37 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 51.2 IP, 41 H, 13 ER, 7 BB, 72 SO, 2.26 ERA

5.16.2019 — Newsome was brilliant Thursday, tossing 81 pitches, 55 for strikes, displaying plus fastball command, per a scout in attendance. And that wasn’t all.

“I saw a solid-average curveball and changeup, he touched 93 and pitched most of the game 90-92,” the scout said. “He has some bulldog mentality to the way he pitches. Some Jeremy Hellickson there. Mike Leake. Kyle Hendricks. Dan Haren. Guys like that.”

Of Newsome’s 55 strikes, 10 were put in play — three of them hits, four flyouts and a ground ball double-play. Of the remaining 45 strikes, 16 were foul balls, 15 were called strikes and 14 were of the swing-and-moss variety.

I asked the scout if Newsome was getting the swings and misses off one particular pitch: “It was a mix, including a few fastballs. He may have been cutting the fastball some (he was). The curveball got a few down and out of the zone and some called strikes through the back door. The changeup was probably the best pitch tonight, though.”

Newsome’s changeup is indeed his best pitch and is getting 60 or better grades from most scouts I ask. The video I’ve seen more than backs it up, too.

Newsome is ready for Double-A and is a legitimate prospect. He’s completelt remade himself the past few years.

Like I said to a scout buddy the other day: Player Development is a hell of a (legal) drug. And Newsome’s been on it for some time now.


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
SAT: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
2019: 12 G, 17 IP, 9 H, 9 BB, 28 SO, 4.50 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
SAT: DNP
2019: 13 G, 13.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 21 SO, 3.65 ERA, 4 SV


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
SAT: DNP
2019: 5 IP, H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO, 2 WP


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
SAT: 1-4, BB, 2 SO
2019: .296/.374/.467, 5-2B, 7 HR, 19 BB, 35 SO, 4 SB


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
SAT: 2-4, BB
2019: .325/.389/.420, 9-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 16 BB, 28 SO


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B
SAT: 1-3, 2 SO, CS
2019: .268/.340/.402, 6-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 35 SO, 11 SB


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
SAT: DNP
2019: 6 G, 6 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO


UR J.T. Salter
SAT: DNP
2019: 3 G, 4 IP, 0 H, BB 5 SO


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
SAT: 1-4, SO, SB
2019: .314/.397/.529, 13-2B, 3B, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 19 BB, 39 SO, 7 SB


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
SAT: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 24.2 IP, 33 H, 17 ER, 5 BB, 20 SO, 6.85 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 8 GS, 37 IP, 27 H, 15 ER, 16 BB, 52 SO, 3.65ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
SAT: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
SAT: 1-2, BB, SO
2019: .250/.382/.328, 4-2B, 2 HR, 22 BB, 31 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
SAT: 1-3, BB
2019: .259/.344/.574, 5-2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 BB, 16 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
SAT: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO


UR Deivy Florido, RHS
SAT: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 6 SO
2019: 

Florido, 18, is a strike-throwing machine at this point and in the SALLY League it’s working just fine. The right-hander threw 69 pitches, 52 for strikes (75%) in covering his five innings.

Everything is pretty raw right now, but keep an eye on Florido for a few years, regardless of his performances. There’s some physical projection here and he’s alreayd working with above-control and fringe-average command.…

(Photo of Dean Nevarez by Joe Williams)

As Kyle Seager continues his rehab stint in Triple-A, his teammates continue to hit around him, namely Tim Lopes, Braden Bishop and Shed Long.

Jarred Kelenic is back to his hitting ways, too, and Joe Rizzo had another multi-hit night.

Here’s the day down on the farm:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
FRI: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO
2019: 38 IP, 31 H, 18 ER, 28 BB, 32 SO, 4.38 ERA

Sheffield struggled again with command, but not as bad as in many of his other starts. Reno’s home park is as unforgiving as almost any in the PCL (which is full of them). The lefty sat 92-94 mph most of the start, tagged 95 a small handful of times and flashed an above-average slider.

But still, not everything’s syncing for Sheffield in 2019. Not yet, anyway.


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
FRI: 1-4, RBI, BB
2019: .293/.365/.526, 5-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 15 BB, 31 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
FRI: 2-5, SO
2019: .287/.371/.528, 8-2B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 14 BB, 27 SO


No. 12 Erik Swanson, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 1 GS, 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO


No. 24 David McKay, RHR
FRI: DNP
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO


No. 33 Matt Festa, RHR
FRI: Called Up 5/17/2019
2019: 8 G, 6.30 ERA, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 BB, 13 SO


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B
FRI: 3-4, RBI, BB
2019: .323/.378/.543, 11-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 12 BB, 25 SO, 6 SB

Lopes is 18 for his last 41 with four homers, four walks and five strikeouts. He has six multi-hit efforts in his last nine starts and looks terrific and second and third base and passable at shortstop.

Lopez is batting .339/.406/.644 in May with 10 extra-base hits. The pitching in the PCL is down, yes, but Lopes is hitting a lot of balls hard. He’s making loud outs, too, and nothing seems to phase him.

He’s not dripping with tools, but there’s no reason Lopes can’t help a big-league club as a 25th man that can manage at several positions. Learning the outfield might be a good idea for Lopes while in Tacoma.


No. 40 Connor Kopach, 2B
FRI: 1-4, 2 SO, SB
2019: .263/.340/.397, 6-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 33 SO, 11 SB


MLB Kyle Seager, 3B — 1-5

Seager DH’s in this one and his two line drives for outs to go with his ground ball single.

Seager’s three games on rehab have shown his new stance, which includes holding his hands in a different spot.


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 33.1 IP, 30 H, 13 ER, 9 BB, 45 SO, 3.51 ERA


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
FRI: 0-4, RBI, SO
2019: .235/.342/.371, 7-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 21 BB, 45 SO, 2 SB


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
FRI: 1-5, SO
2019: .253/.320/.368, 4-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 8 BB, 24 SO


No. 16 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 44 IP, 48 H, 18 ER, 13 BB, 37 SO, 3.68 ERA


No. 17 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
FRI: 1-5, 3B, SO
2019: .286/.374/.492, 4-2B, 2-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 37 SO, 8 SB


No. 18 Jake Fraley, OF
FRI: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 SO, SB
2019: .292/.370/.474, 6-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 13 BB, 36 SO, 9 SB


No. 26 Wyatt Mills, RHR
FRI: 
1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
2019:
17.1 IP, 23 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 17 SO, 2 SVS


No. 25 Art Warren, RHP
FRI: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 29 Darren McCaughan, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 7 GS, 4.19 ERA, 38.2 IP, 44 H, 2 BB, 34 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 29 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 42 SO, 2.63 ERA

Gilbert’s K rate is at 36.5% combined between his time in the South Atlantic League and his two starts for Modesto.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
FRI: 1-4, BB, 2 SO
2019: .210/.288/.413, 7-2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 14 BB, 37 SO


No. 15 Ljay Newsome, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 9 GS, 51.2 IP, 41 H, 13 ER, 7 BB, 72 SO, 2.26 ERA

5.16.2019 — Newsome was brilliant Thursday, tossing 81 pitches, 55 for strikes, displaying plus fastball command, per a scout in attendance. And that wasn’t all.

“I saw a solid-average curveball and changeup, he touched 93 and pitched most of the game 90-92,” the scout said. “He has some bulldog mentality to the way he pitches. Some Jeremy Hellickson there. Mike Leake. Kyle Hendricks. Dan Haren. Guys like that.”

Of Newsome’s 55 strikes, 10 were put in play — three of them hits, four flyouts and a ground ball double-play. Of the remaining 45 strikes, 16 were foul balls, 15 were called strikes and 14 were of the swing-and-moss variety.

I asked the scout if Newsome was getting the swings and misses off one particular pitch: “It was a mix, including a few fastballs. He may have been cutting the fastball some (he was). The curveball got a few down and out of the zone and some called strikes through the back door. The changeup was probably the best pitch tonight, though.”

Newsome’s changeup is indeed his best pitch and is getting 60 or better grades from most scouts I ask. The video I’ve seen more than backs it up, too.

Newsome is ready for Double-A and is a legitimate prospect. He’s completelt remade himself the past few years.

Like I said to a scout buddy the other day: Player Development is a hell of a (legal) drug. And Newsome’s been on it for some time now.


No. 20 Jake Haberer, RHR
FRI: DNP
2019: 11 G, 16 IP, 7 H, 7 BB, 26 SO, 2.81 ERA


No. 21 Joey Gerber, RHP
FRI: DNP
2019: 13 G, 13.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 21 SO, 3.65 ERA, 4 SV


No. 23 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
FRI: 1 IP, 2 SO
2019: 5 IP, H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO, 2 WP

After a scoreless inning Thursday where he walked two and struck out three, Bautista returned for his first back-to-back Friday night and pitched a clean eighth inning in the Nuts’ 10-3 win at Rancho.

He struck out two and threw 12 of his 15 pitches for strikes.


No. 27 Luis Liberato, CF
FRI: 0-2, 2 BB, SO
2019: .297/.373/.473, 5-2B, 7 HR, 18 BB, 33 SO, 4 SB


No. 36 Joe Rizzo, 3B
FRI: 2-5, 2B, RBI, SO
2019: .320/.382/.412, 9-2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 15 BB, 28 SO


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
FRI: DNP
2019: 6 G, 6 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO


UR J.T. Salter
FRI: DNP
2019: 3 G, 4 IP, 0 H, BB 5 SO


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
FRI: 2-5, RBI, 2 SO
2019: .315/.400/.537, 13-2B, 3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 19 BB, 38 SO, 6 SB


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
FRI: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 15 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 24.2 IP, 33 H, 17 ER, 5 BB, 20 SO, 6.85 ERA


No. 22 Ryne Inman, RHS
FRI: DNP
2019: 8 GS, 37 IP, 27 H, 15 ER, 16 BB, 52 SO, 3.65ERA


No. 31 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
FRI: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 34 Joseph Rosa, 2B
FRI: 1-5, 3 SO
2019: .246/.373/.325, 4-2B, 2 HR, 21 BB, 31 SO, 5 SB


No. 35 Dean Nevarez, C
FRI: 2-4, 2B, HR, BB, SO
2019: .255/.333/.588, 5-2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 5 BB, 16 SO


No. 38 Elias Espino, RHR
FRI: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO…

As Kyle Seager gets closer to returning — his rehab stint is included below.

Here’s the day down on the farm, including scouting notes and quotes on Ljay Newsome‘s Thursday night start for Modesto.

“He has some bulldog mentality to the way he pitches. Some Jeremy Hellickson there. Mike Leake. Kyle Hendricks. Dan Haren. Guys like that.”

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
THU: DNP
2019: 32.1 IP, 26 H, 15 ER, 25 BB, 26 SO, 4.31 ERA

Sheffield gets the start Friday night in Reno.


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
THU: 4-6, HR, RBI
2019: .295/.364/.535, 5-2B, 4-3B, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 14 BB, 31 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
THU: 2-4, HR, 2 BB, SO
2019: .282/.370/.534, 8-2B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 14 BB, 26 SO

Here’s Braden’s leadoff homer from Thursday night’s game:


No. 22 David McKay, RHR
THU: 2 IP, BB, 3 SO
2019: 14 G, 5.91 ERA, 21.1 IP, 17 H, 14 BB, 34 SO

McKay’s line looks good but he threw just 18 of 32 pitches for strikes (56%). That’s going to have to improve before I project success in the majors for him, but he’ll get there.


No. 31 Matt Festa, RHR
THU: DNP
2019: 8 G, 6.30 ERA, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 BB, 13 SO


No. 35 Tim Lopes, 2B
THU: 3-6, RBI
2019: .309/.362/.512, 8-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 11 BB, 25 SO, 6 SB


No. 39 Connor Kopach, 2B
THU: DNP
2019: .267/.343/.408, 6-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 31 SO, 10 SB


No. 40 Nick Rumbelow, RHR
THU: DNP
2019: 12 G, 9.19 ERA, 14.2 IP, 24 H, 10 BB, 11 SO


MLB Kyle Seager, 3B — 2-4, RBI

Seager’s two hits were ground balls, one to the left side where there were no fielders withing 15 feet of the ball as it left the infield and one up the middle.


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 33.1 IP, 30 H, 13 ER, 9 BB, 45 SO, 3.51 ERA


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
THU: 2-4, SO
2019: .242/.353/.383, 7-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 21 BB, 44 SO, 2 SB

Lewis hit two line-drive singles in this one.


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
THU: 0-4, SO
2019: .256/.326/.378, 4-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 8 BB, 23 SO


No. 14 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
THU: 4 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO
2019: 44 IP, 48 H, 18 ER, 13 BB, 37 SO, 3.68 ERA

Sanchez threw 94 pitches, 60 for strikes and may have been around the plate a little too much, especially with the fastball.


No. 15 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
THU: 0-4, SO
2019: .286/.374/.492, 4-2B, 2-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 37 SO, 8 SB


No. 16 Jake Fraley, OF
THU: 0-4, 3 SO
2019: .286/.362/.466, 5-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 13 BB, 34 SO, 8 SB


No. 24 Wyatt Mills, RHR
THU:
DNP
2019:
15.2 IP, 20 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 14 SO, 2 SVS


No. 23 Art Warren, RHP
THU: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 27 Darren McCaughan, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 7 GS, 4.19 ERA, 38.2 IP, 44 H, 2 BB, 34 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 29 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 42 SO, 2.63 ERA

Gilbert’s K rate is at 36.5% combined between his time in the South Atlantic League and his two starts for Modesto.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
THU: 0-4, 2 SO
2019: .209/.284/.418, 7-2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 13 BB, 35 SO


No. 13 Ljay Newsome, RHS
THU: 6 IP, 3 H, BB, 9 SO
2019: 9 GS, 51.2 IP, 41 H, 13 ER, 7 BB, 72 SO, 2.26 ERA

Newsome was brilliant, tossing 81 pitches, 55 for strikes, displaying plus fastball command, per a scout in attendance. And that wasn’t all.

“I saw a solid-average curveball and changeup, he touched 93 and pitched most of the game 90-92,” the scout said. “He has some bulldog mentality to the way he pitches. Some Jeremy Hellickson there. Mike Leake. Kyle Hendricks. Dan Haren. Guys like that.”

Of Newsome’s 55 strikes, 10 were put in play — three of them hits, four flyouts and a ground ball double-play. Of the remaining 45 strikes, 16 were foul balls, 15 were called strikes and 14 were of the swing-and-moss variety.

I asked the scout if Newsome was getting the swings and misses off one particular pitch: “It was a mix, including a few fastballs. He may have been cutting the fastball some (he was). The curveball got a few down and out of the zone and some called strikes through the back door. The changeup was probably the best pitch tonight, though.”

Newsome’s changeup is indeed his best pitch and is getting 60 or better grades from most scouts I ask. The video I’ve seen more than backs it up, too.

Newsome is ready for Double-A and is a legitimate prospect. He’s completelt remade himself the past few years.

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Like I said to a scout buddy the other day: Player Development is a hell of a (legal) drug. And Newsome’s been on it for some time now.


No. 18 Jake Haberer, RHR
THU: DNP
2019: 11 G, 16 IP, 7 H, 7 BB, 26 SO, 2.81 ERA


No. 19 Joey Gerber, RHP
THU: DNP
2019: 13 G, 13.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 21 SO, 3.65 ERA, 4 SV


No. 21 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
THU: 1 IP, 2 BB, 3 SO
2019: 4IP, H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO, 2 WP

Bautista will throw again Friday in his first back-to-back of his rehab stint. He threw 24 pitches, 15 for strike sin this one. Friday may be the right-hander’s last appearance with Modesto.


No. 25 Luis Liberato, CF
THU: 0-3
2019: .301/.370/.479, 5-2B, 7 HR, 4 SB, 16 BB, 32 SO, 4 SB


No. 34 Joe Rizzo, 3B
THU: DNP
2019: .318/.382/.412, 8-2B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 15 BB, 27 SO


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
THU: DNP
2019: 6 G, 6 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO


UR J.T. Salter
THU: DNP
2019: 3 G, 4 IP, 0 H, BB 5 SO


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
THU: 1-4, SO
2019: .313/.404/.550, 13-2B, 3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 19 BB, 36 SO, 6 SB


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
THU: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 12 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
THU: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
2019: 24.2 IP, 33 H, 17 ER, 5 BB, 20 SO, 6.85 ERA

Casetta-Stubbs again struggled with command, catching a lot of the plate, particularly with the fastball, and leaving a lot of pitches above the knees.

In raw form, the stuff still is quality and the right-hander showed off a pretty good curveball at times Thursday, to complement the fastball and slider.


No. 20 Ryne Inman, RHS
THU: DNP
2019: 8 GS, 37 IP, 27 H, 15 ER, 16 BB, 52 SO, 3.65ERA


No. 29 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
THU: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 32 Joseph Rosa, 2B
THU: 1-3
2019: .248/.378/.331, 4-2B, 2 HR, 21 BB, 28 SO, 5 SB


No. 33 Dean Nevarez, C
THU: DNP
2019: .234/.308/.511, 4-2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 15 SO


No. 36 Elias Espino, RHR
THU: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO…

(Photo of Jarred Kelenic via West Virginia Power)

The Mariners had the day off before the Twins roll into town Thursday when former Mariners right-hander Michael Pineda takes the mound versus Erik Swanson.

Here’s the day down on the farm:

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 1 Justus Sheffield, LHS
WED: DNP
2019: 32.1 IP, 26 H, 15 ER, 25 BB, 26 SO, 4.31 ERA


No. 8 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
WED: Called Up to MLB 5/10/2019
2019: .276/.350/.504, 5-2B, 4-3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 14 BB, 31 SO


No. 11 Braden Bishop, CF
WED: DNP
2019: .273/.354/.505, 8-2B, 5 HR, 12 BB, 25 SO

After being treated like an unwelcomed distant relative who hates fun during his time in the big leagues, Bishop is back in the lineup regularly in Tacoma and the results speak for themselves.


No. 22 David McKay, RHR
WED: DNP
2019: 13 G, 6.52 ERA, 19.1 IP, 17 H, 13 BB, 31 SO


No. 31 Matt Festa, RHR
WED: DNP
2019: 8 G, 6.30 ERA, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 BB, 13 SO


No. 35 Tim Lopes, 2B
WED: DNP
2019: .299/.356/.504, 7-2B, 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 11 BB, 25 SO, 6 SB


No. 39 Connor Kopach, 2B
WED: DNP
2019: .267/.343/.408, 6-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 BB, 31 SO, 10 SB


No. 40 Nick Rumbelow, RHR
WED: DNP
2019: 12 G, 9.19 ERA, 14.2 IP, 24 H, 10 BB, 11 SO


MLB Mallex Smith, CF — DNP

MLB Kyle Seager, 3B — DNP


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
WED: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO
2019: 33.1 IP, 30 H, 13 ER, 9 BB, 45 SO, 3.51 ERA

Dunn was very good Wednesday, throwing everything for strikes and gettings at least one swing-and-miss from each pitch.

He pounded the zone — even started batters off with changeups for strikes — and threw 64 of 92 pitches for strikes, a 66% clip.


No. 6 Kyle Lewis, OF
WED: 1-5, 2B, 2 SO
2019: .234/.349/.379, 7-2B, 3B, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 21 BB, 43 SO, 2 SB

Lewis is walking at a 15% clip., but has just 10 extra-base hits and his strikeout rate is up over 29.1%. He still carries all-star upside but at some point he has to make more contact and produce at the plate. The good news is, he’s healthy.


No. 7 Evan White, 1B
WED: DNP
2019: .269/.341/.397, 4-2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 8 BB, 22 SO


No. 14 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
WED: DNP
2019: 40 IP, 39 H, 14 ER, 10 BB, 30 SO, 3.15 ERA


No. 15 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
WED: 0-4, BB, SO
2019: .295/.385/.508, 4-2B, 2-3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 17 BB, 36 SO, 8 SB


No. 16 Jake Fraley, OF
WED: 0-4, SO
2019: .295/.372/.481, 5-2B, 2-3B, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 13 BB, 31 SO, 8 SB


No. 24 Wyatt Mills, RHR
WED:
DNP
2019:
15.2 IP, 20 H, 11 ER, 9 BB, 14 SO, 2 SVS


No. 23 Art Warren, RHP
WED: DNP (IL)
2019: 1-0, 5 SV, 1.04 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 10 SO, 5 SVS


No. 27 Darren McCaughan, RHS
WED: DNP
2019: 7 GS, 4.19 ERA, 38.2 IP, 44 H, 2 BB, 34 SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 5 Logan Gilbert, RHS
WED: DNP
2019: 29 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 42 SO, 2.63 ERA

Gilbert’s K rate is at 36.5% combined between his time in the South Atlantic League and his two starts for Modesto.


No. 9 Cal Raleigh, C
WED: 1-3, BB, 2 SO
2019: .215/.292/.431, 7-2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 13 BB, 33 SO

Raleigh is on a little mini-run of more hard contact and more contact in general.


No. 13 Ljay Newsome, RHS
WED: DNP
2019: 8 GS, 45.2 IP, 38 H, 13 ER, 6 BB, 63 SO, 2.56 ERA


No. 18 Jake Haberer, RHR
WED: DNP
2019: 11 G, 16 IP, 7 H, 7 BB, 26 SO, 2.81 ERA


No. 19 Joey Gerber, RHP
WED: DNP
2019: 13 G, 13.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 21 SO, 3.65 ERA, 4 SV


No. 21 Gerson Bautista, RHR (rehab)
WED: DNP
2019: 3 IP, H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2 WP


No. 25 Luis Liberato, CF
WED: 4-4, RBI
2019: .308/.377/.490, 5-2B, 7 HR, 4 SB, 14 BB, 31 SO, 4 SB


No. 34 Joe Rizzo, 3B
WED: 0-4
2019: .318/.382/.412, 8-2B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 15 BB, 27 SO


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHR (rehab)
WED: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, SO
2019: 6 G, 6 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

Tuivailala threw 12 pitches, seven for strikes.


UR J.T. Salter
WED: DNP
2019: 3 G, 4 IP, 0 H, BB 5 SO


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 2 — Jarred Kelenic, OF
WED: 1-4, RBI, SO
2019: .314/.404/.550, 13-2B, 3B, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 19 BB, 35 SO, 6 SB


No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
WED: (IL, wrist)
2019: .355/.429/.452, 3-2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 SO


No. 12 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
WED: DNP
2019: 19.2 IP, 24 H, 13 ER, 3 BB, 15 SO, 6.75 ERA


No. 20 Ryne Inman, RHS
WED: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO
2019: 8 GS, 37 IP, 27 H, 15 ER, 16 BB, 52 SO, 3.65ERA


No. 29 Nolan Hoffman, RHR
WED: DNP (IL)
2019: 9 G, 1.08 ERA, 4 SVS, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 SO


No. 32 Joseph Rosa, 2B
WED: DNP
2019: .254/.390/.342, 4-2B, 2 HR, 21 BB, 28 SO, 5 SB


No. 33 Dean Nevarez, C
WED: 1-5, 2B, 2 SO
2019: .234/.308/.511, 4-2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 15 SO


No. 36 Elias Espino, RHR
WED: DNP (IL)
2019: 5 G, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 7 H, 9 BB, 17 SO…

The Seattle Mariners 2020 MLB Draft pick is in good shape as of May 13, 2019. Here’s the draft order if the season were to end before Tuesday’s games.

Entering Tuesday, the Mariners sit in the No. 13 spot. Here some of the most recent No. 13 picks in the draft:

2018 — Connor Scott, OF
2017 — Trevor Rogers, LHP
2016 — Josh Lowe, 3B
2015 — Garrett Whitley, OF
2014 — Trea Turner, SS
2013 — Hunter Renfroe, OF
2012 — Courtney Hawkins, OF
2011 — Brandon Nimmo, OF

Here are the best No. 13 picks of all time, by bWAR:

Manny Ramirez, 3B — 1991
Chris Sale, LHP — 2010
Paul Konerko, 3B — 1994
Frank Tanana, LHP — 1971
Garry Templeton, SS — 1974

No Team GB PCT
1 Miami .256
2 Kansas City 3 .341
3 Baltimore 3.5 .350
4 Washington 5.5 .400
4 Toronto 5.5 .400
6 San Francisco 6.5 .425
7 Cincinnati 7 .439
7 Oakland 7 .442
9 Texas 7.5 .447
10 Detroit 8 .462
11 Colorado 8.5 .475
11 Chicago (AL) 8.5 .475
13 Seattle 8.5 .477
14 New York (NL) 9 .487
15 Los Angeles (AL) 9 .488
16 Atlanta 10 .512
17 Cleveland 10.5 .525
18 Pittsburgh 10.5 .526
19 St. Louis 11 .537
19 San Diego 11 .537
19 Boston 11 .537
22 Arizona 11.5 .548
23 Milwaukee 12 .558
24 New York (AL) 13.5 .600
24 Philadelphia 13.5 .600
26 Tampa Bay 14 .615
27 Minnesota 14.5 .625
28 Los Angeles (NL) 15 .628
29 Chicago (NL) 14.5 .632
30 Houston 15.5 .643