RANKINGS: Latest Top 40 Prospects Update | MLB: UPDATED 2020 Draft Order

(Photo of George Kirby by Shari Sommerfeld/Everett AquaSox)

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

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 10 Jake Fraley, OF (24)
SAT: DNP
2019: .295/.363/.534, 24-2B, 5-3B, 17 HR, 76 RBI, 33 BB, 85 SO, 22 SB

More on Fraley here.


No. 14 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF (23)
SAT: DNP (IL)
2019: .279/.343/.466, 7-2B, 4-3B, 8 HR, 35 RBI, 20 BB, 59 SO


No. 17 Braden Bishop, CF (25)
SAT: Recalled 6.2.2019 (IL)
2019: .293/.378/.500, 13-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 21 BB, 38 SO, 2 SB


No. 24 Taylor Guilbeau, LHP
SAT: 0.2 IP, 0 H, ER, 2 BB, SO
2019: 38 G, 47.2 IP, 40 H, 15 ER, 17 BB, 55 SO

8.2.2019: I was at Guilbeau’s Mariners org debut in Tacoma Friday night and he looked solid, sitting the high end of his velocity range for what I’m told is the third time in a row, dating back to his time in the Nationals organization.

He touched 97 mph with a little armside run, throwing just two fastballs under 95. He complimented the four-seamer with a firm, but above-average changeup — not the slider, although he mixed in a few of those, too — at 87 that induced a couple of whiffs.

Guilbeau has good arm speed and commanded the fastball fairly well in this outing.


No. 37 Tim Lopes, 2B (24) (MLB)
SAT: (MLB)
2019: .301/.361/.474, 30-2B, 2-3B, 10 HR, 60 RBI, 36 BB, 70 SO, 26 SB


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 1 Jarred Kelenic, OF (20)
SAT: DNP
2019: .300/.375/.539, 27-2B, 4-3B, 17 HR, 51 RBI, 42 BB, 94 SO, 17 SB

Kelenic batted .284/.384/.500 in July after a poor 16-game June, and is 15 for 31 with three doubles and a homer in August.

More on the No. 1 prospect here.


No. 2 Logan Gilbert, RHS (22)
SAT: DNP
2019: 112.2 IP, 80 H, 29 ER, 26 BB, 138 SO

8.8.2019: Gilbert was terrific Thursday, perhaps his best start from a scouting standpoint since he was promoted to Double-A Arkansas five weeks ago.

The right-hander induced 15 swing-and-miss results among his 84 pitches (57 strikes), getting a few with the fastball, several with the two breaking balls and two with the changeup.

Two of his eight strikeouts came again rehabbing major leaguer Yadier Molina.

That’s five start for Gilbert at Double-A and all have lasted at least five innings.

More on the club’s top pitching prospect here.


No. 4 Justin Dunn, RHS (23)
SAT: 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
2019: 110.2 IP, 105 H, 45 ER, 33 BB, 132 SO

Dunn painted the outside corner at 94 a lot in this start and the slider was above-average most of the night, showing good depth and late break off better tilt than when Dunn doesn’t have a great feel for the pitch. He needed just 76 pitches (46 strikes) to get through five.


No. 5 Justus Sheffield, LHS (23)
SAT: DNP
2019: 121.1 IP, 111 H, 55 BB, 119 SO

8.6.2019: Sheffield has been good in Arkansas, making 10 starts and covering 66.1 innings — 11.1 more than he managed in 13 outings for Triple-A Tacoma — while walking just 14 batters. He’s whiffed 71 and, most importantly, found his release point on the fastball.

In Tuesday’s game Sheffield sat 91-92 mph, touched 93 several times and used his slider early in counts. He flashed a utility changeup


No. 7 Cal Raleigh, C (22)
SAT: 0-4, SO
2019: .254/.334/.495, 22-2B, 24 HR, 74 RBI, 45 BB, 99 SO


No. 8 Kyle Lewis, OF (24)
SAT: 0-4, 3 SO
2019: .274/.357/.419, 23-2B, 2-3B, 10 HR, 55 RBI, 51 BB, 122 SO, 3 SB

More on Lewis here.


No. 12 Evan White, 1B (23)
SAT: 1-3, BB, SO
2019: .294/.343/.503, 12-2B, 2-3B, 16 HR, 50 RBI, 22 BB, 72 SO, SB


No. 20 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS (22)
SAT: DNP
2019: 127.2 IP, 132 H, 54 ER, 30 BB, 119 SO

Sanchez looked very much the way he’ll have to in the majors in this outing; locate all over the zone with two and sometimes three pitches, get ground balls (12 in this game), mix offspeed early in counts, command fastball away from RHBs.


No. 21 Aaron Fletcher, LHP
SAT: DNP
2019: 34 G, 63.2 IP, 39 H, 12 ER, 15 BB, 75 SO


No. 23 Ljay Newsome, RHS (22)
SAT: DNP
2019: 23 GS, 128 IP, 129 H, 51 ER, 13 BB, 143 SO


No. 25 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF (24)
SAT: 1-4, SO
2019: .235/.303/.399, 22-2B, 3-3B, 11 HR, 38 RBI, 32 BB, 125 SO, 14 SB

DT-W has had trouble with the swing-and-miss the past two months, and isn’t getting to his power much, either.


No. 27 Jake Haberer, RHR (24)
SAT: 1.1 IP, 3 H, ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
2019: 35 G, 47 IP, 36 H, 26 BB, 65 SO


No. 31 Joey Gerber, RHP (22)
SAT: DNP
2019: 36 G, 39.1 IP, 26 H, 13 ER, 20 BB, 55 SO


No. 33 Sam Delaplane, RHR (24)
SAT: DNP
2019: 38 G, 57.2 IP, 34 H, 21 BB, 100 SO


No. 36 Wyatt Mills, RHR (24)
SAT:
1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 3 SO
2019:
45.2 IP, 37 H, 20 ER, 16 BB, 54 SO

Mills continues to pitch well, limiting baserunners and missing bats with both fastball and slider.


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League

No. 29 Raymond Kerr, LHP (24)
SAT: DNP
2019: 28 G, 80 IP, 75 H, 43 BB, 75 SO

More on the flamethrowing lefty here.


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League

No. 3 Julio Rodriguez, OF (18)
SAT: 1-3, BB
2019: .280/.350/.467, 17-2B, 3B, 9 HR, 41 RBI, 19 BB, 62 SO


No. 15 Austin Shenton, 3B (21)
SAT: 1-3, BB
2019: .309/.386/.539, 16-2B, 2-3B, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 16 BB, 36 SO


No. 40 Josias De Los Santos, RHP (19)
SAT: DNP
2019: 16 G, 11 GS, 74.2 IP, 75 H, 28 BB, 58 SO

More on De Los Santos here.


UR Ryne Inman, RHP
SAT: DNP
2019: 24 GS, 121 IP, 46 BB, 136 SO

The 23-year-old continues to flash potential major-league stuff but I still see it coming in a relief form. The fastball is up to 95 mph and the curveball is consistently average or better. He’s 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, there’s some deception in the delivery and late life on the fastball. In shorter stints he may ultimately live at 95 and touch the upper-90s. Make the move.


Everett SquaSox (SS-A) — Northwest League

No. 6 George Kirby, RHS (21)
SAT: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO
2019: 5 G, 14 IP, 11 H, ER, 0 BB, 16 SO

8.10.2019: Kirby put up his best outing as a pro Saturday, throwing 32 of 45 pitches for strikes and inducing seven swing-and-miss results in the first 36.

He sat 92-93 mph and had “about 8 or 10” fastballs register in the 94-96 mph range, per one AL scout.

In the featured image at the top of the page, you can see Kirby’s spike curveball grip nicely.

7.23.2019: I caught Kirby’s third start in Vancouver and while his command wasn’t quite as sharp, he continued to demonstrate the plus control and consistent delivery that makes me believe in his future as much as any starter in the system.

7.19.2019: I was in attendance for Kirby’s second pro start in Paaco and from his pre-game bullpen through his 21 pitches (13 strikes) in the game and the postgame bully, it was easy to see some things not as noticeable in his time at Elon via video.

He pitches primarily from the first-base side of the slab and creates deception with the arm slot and by keeping his front shoulder closed until the arm is ready to explode through release. He got some gloveside run on the fastball away to RHBs in this game and hit the edges for called strikes a few times.

He didn’t throw a lot of offspeed stuff, but didn’t have to, either.

The heater hit 96 mph and sat 92-94. His delivery was clean and consistent. Kirby has a terrific foundation of command mechanics, present velocity and feel that suggest a high probability starter with perhaos No. 2 upside.

Here’s why Kirby is ranks this high.


No. 11 Brandon Williamson, LHS (21)
SAT: DNP
2019: 10 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 15 SO


No. 18 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS (19)
SAT: DNP
2019: 91.2 IP, 95 H, 35 BB, 81 SO


No. 19 Juan Then, RHP (19)
SAT: DNP
2019: 23.1 IP, 17 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 25 SO


No. 28 Carter Bins, C (20)
SAT: 2-3, HR, 4 RBI, BB, SO
2019: .183/.384/.314, 5 HR, 26 BB, 42 SO

Bins fell a few spots. Here’s why.


No. 30 Jorge Benitez, LHS (20)
SAT: DNP
2019: 38.2 IP, 35 H, 19 ER, 25 BB, 40 SO


No. 32 Brayan Perez, LHS (18)
SAT: DNP
2019: 45.1 IP, 50 H, 20 ER, 11 BB, 39 SO


Arizona Mariners (R) — Arizona Rookie League

No. 22 Danny Chang, LHP (19)
SAT: DNP
2019: 30.1 IP, 25 H, 14 ER, 16 BB, 41 SO


No. 26 Juan Querecuto, SS (18)
SAT: DNP
2019: 8-51, 3-2B, 6 BB, 23 SO

Querecuto has been finding the barrel a little more of late, but the bat remains unrefined. He’ll be 19 in September.


No. 39 Tyler Driver, RHP (18)
SAT: DNP
2019: 38 IP, 33 H, 18 ER, 10 BB, 25 SO


UR Adam Macko, LHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 14.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 10 BB, 18 SO


UR Elvis Alvarado, RHP
SAT: DNP
2019: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 3 SO

Alvarado was acquired with Guilbeau and Fletcher from the Washington Nationals in the Roenis Elias-Hunter Strickland deal last week.


DSL Mariners (R) — Dominican Summer League

No. 9 Noelvi Marte, SS (17)
SAT: 0-5, SO, SB
2019: .269/.333/.430, 12-2B, 3-3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 24 BB, 52 SO, 13 SB


No. 38 Jonatan Clase, CF (17)
SAT:
DNP
2019:
.303/.422/.449, 11-2B, 6-3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 39 BB, 48 SO, 26 SB

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