Seattle Mariners Top 40 Prospects Update

The Seattle Mariners’ farm system is shallow, lacks impact, lacks arms and is among the worst collections of talent in all of baseball. But there are some good things happening below the minors, suggesting a peak into an improving immediate future. Right-hander Rob Whalen gets back on track after a lost 2017, showing low-90s stuff with a plus curveball. Tommy Romero debuts with advanded feel and improving secondaries. Joe DeCarlo is taking to catching but his bat has shown up early and often in Double-A Arkansas. Middle infielder Donnie Walton…

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Mariners Roster Lacks Upside and Rebuilding Restrictions are Melting Away

The Seattle Mariners welcome pitchers, catchers and players rehabbing from injury to spring training next week, officially beginning the long trek that is the 2018 Major League Baseball season. But the club lacks the upside necessary to quiet doubters, and the restrictions on rebuilding the old-fashioned way may be fading fast. When Jerry Dipoto took the GM job in September of 2015, the belief was he’d try and rebuild on the run. That appears to be clear after two seasons and three winters.  What isn’t clear is the Mariners’ path…

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2018 Preview & Prospect Rankings Guide

How often do you search Google for ‘mariners prospects,’ ‘mariners top prospects,’ ‘mariners prospect rankings,’ ‘Kyle Lewis scouting report,’ ‘Evan White scouting report’ or even ‘Luis Liberato scouting report’?  Whether you have or haven’t, you’ve found the answers to such searches, and more. It’s that time of year. The Top 25 Prospect Rankings are out and if you are a 4-Ever subscriber or a subscriber to Baseball Things, you get FULL access without spending another penny. 4-Ever Subscribers: All you need to do is email or DM me on Twitter…

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2017 Mariners Prospects of the Year

Several outlets dole out minor league player of the year awards. Prospect Insider is different. Rather than player of the year, I focus on the Mariners prospects that made the most progress since this time last year. Occasionally, the two are one in the same — player of the year and prospect of the year. Usually they are different, and often the prospect of the year lacks the statistical performance of the player of the year award winners. Subscribe to Baseball Things Podcast for Under $1 Per Episode Players in…

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Churchill: Why I Can’t Quit Gareth Morgan

The Seattle Mariners selected outfielder Gareth Morgan with overall pick No. 74 in the 2014 MLB Draft.  He signed for $2 million. It was a pure upside play for a raw Canadian player with big power potential. Through the 2016 season, however, Morgan looked lost at the plate: 2014-16 YEAR LEVEL PA AVG OBP XBH% BB% SO% 2014 Rookie 178 .148 .244 7.1 9.0 41.0 2015 Rookie 241 .225 .270 9.5 5.0 36.9 2016 Rookie 134 .216 .261 8.0 6.0 43.3 2016 Advanced-A 14 .385 .429 23.1 0.0 50.0 For…

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Updated Top 30 Prospect Rankings

The Seattle Mariners have made numerous moves since the Mid-Season Top 30 Prospect Rankings was released July 5. A handful of talents from that list are now with other organizations. Here’s the Updated Top 30. More on the farm system on Baseball Things Tuesday night Click Here to Subscribe!   Note: Players in big leagues do not qualify (Emilio Pagan, Marco Gonzales) Kyle Lewis, CF — Modesto (A+) Evan White, 1B/RF — Not Active Julio Rodriguez, RF — Not Active Sam Carlson, RHP — Arizona (R) Nick Neidert, RHP —…

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Mid-Season Top 30 Prospects Led by Kyle Lewis, Evan White

The Seattle Mariners farm system reminds of the 1989 Cleveland Indians. Not the actual baseball team, but the one portrayed in Major League. About mid-season, Harry Doyle proclaimed the Indians were “threatening to climb out of the cellar.” While I don’t believe at any point the Mariners had the worst farm system in baseball, they were closer than they’d ever like to be. But they’ve improved and even jumped a few spots in the rankings — perhaps into the high teens or low 20s. It started last June when the…

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Disconnect on Mariners Trade Deadline Strategy?

I read. I watch. I listen. And the past few weeks I have read, watched and listened to a lot of folks discuss the Seattle Mariners and their trade deadline strategy. What it could be. What it should be. Why they should buy. Why they should sell. And so on. But it sounds to me like there’s a missing factor or three not being connected to the club’s current position. The Mariners are 39-39 entering play Tuesday night at Safeco Field versus the hapless Philadelphia Phillies. It just so happens…

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