(Photo of Jake Fraley by Jeff Halstead)

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

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 9 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF
SAT: DNP
2019: .282/.346/.471, 7-2B, 4-3B, 8 HR, 35 RBI, 20 BB, 57 SO

Long belongs in the big leagues right now. The end.


No. 10 Braden Bishop, CF
SAT: Recalled 6.2.2019 (IL)
2019: .293/.378/.500, 13-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 21 BB, 38 SO, 2 SB


No. 11 Jake Fraley, OF
SAT: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, SO  |  1-3, HR, RBI, BB, SO
2019: .311/.380/.564, 18-2B, 5-3B, 15 HR, 66 RBI, 27 BB, 69 SO, 19 SB

Here’s the homer Fraley hit in Game 1 of the doubleheader Saturday. It gave the Rainiers the lead in the final inning:


No. 22 Erik Swanson, RHS
SAT: 1.2 IP, H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
2019: 9 G, 22.1 IP, 24 H, 13 ER, 10 BB, 25 SO


No. 26 Gerson Bautista, RHR
SAT: 1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, SO
2019: 13 IP, 13 H, 9 ER, 10 BB, 22 SO


No. 30 David McKay, RHR
SAT: Recalled 7.6.2019
2019: 24 G, 38.2 IP, 24 H, 28 BB, 63 SO


No. 32 Tim Lopes, 2B
SAT: 2-4, 2-2B  |  1-4
2019: .288/.348/.443, 27-2B, 2-3B, 6 HR, 42 RBI, 29 BB, 62 SO, 21 SB


UR Raymond Kerr, LHP
SAT: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
2019: 20 G, 10 GS, 65.1 IP, 66 H, 36 BB, 55 SO


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 75.1 IP, 73 H, 32 ER, 23 BB, 96 SO


No. 5 Justus Sheffield, LHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 82 IP, 75 H, 46 BB, 77 SO, 4.94 ERA

Time to challenge him again soon, I think. Not even sure if Tacoma is in the cards. Might just be to Seattle within the next three or four weeks.


No. 7 Kyle Lewis, OF
SAT: 3-3, 2B, 2 BB
2019: .266/.367/.378, 15-2B, 2-3B, 4 HR, 43 RBI, 45 BB, 93 SO, 3 SB


No. 14 Evan White, 1B
SAT: DNP
2019: .296/.353/.487, 7-2B, 2-3B, 11 HR, 30 RBI, 19 BB, 55 SO, SB


No. 20 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 81 IP, 89 H, 37 ER, 22 BB, 79 SO, 4.11 ERA


No. 21 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
SAT: 1-4, 2B, SO
2019: .241/.317/.433, 19-2B, 3-3B, 9 HR, 32 RBI, 27 BB, 82 SO, 13 SB


No. 27 Jake Haberer, RHR
SAT: DNP
2019: 25 G, 35 IP, 29 H, 19 BB, 54 SO


No. 28 Joey Gerber, RHP
SAT: 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 SO
2019: 27 G, 28.2 IP, 18 H, 10 ER, 15 BB, 44 SO


No. 35 Wyatt Mills, RHR
SAT:
DNP
2019:
34.2 IP, 33 H, 16 ER, 13 BB, 40 SO


No. 38 Luis Liberato, CF
SAT: 0-4, 2 SO
2019: .283/.348/.429, 9-2B, 3B, 7 HR, 36 RBI, 22 BB, 56 SO, 5 SB


No. 39 Sam Delaplane, RHR
SAT: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
2019: 29 G, 44.2 IP, 25 H, 18 BB, 87 SO, 2 SVS


UR Art Warren, RHR
SAT: DNP
2019: 17 G, 16.2 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 23 SO


UR Donnie Walton, 2B/SS
SAT: 1-4, RBI, BB
2019: .311/.408/.434, 9-2B, 3B, 8 HR, 42 BB, 45 SO, 8 SB


UR Darren McCaughan, RHS
SAT: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 SO
2019: 16 GS, 2.55 ERA, 98.2 IP, 94 H, 10 BB, 82 SO


MLB Sam Tuivailala, RHP (rehab)
SAT: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, SO


Modesto Nuts (A+) — California League (All-Star Break)

No. 1 Jarred Kelenic, OF
SAT: 2DNP
2019: .296/.371/.558, 19-2B, 4-3B, 15 HR, 41 RBI, 32 BB, 69 SO, 11 SB

7.2.2019: Caught up with a coach on a club that’s faced Modesto several times this season. Asked about Kelenic:

“We know what he can do. He was playing amateur travel ball 13 months ago but he made it known pretty quickly you can’t make mistakes with him. But he’s different. It always seems like he knows the Powerball numbers, but won’t tell you. I hear he’s a great kid, so maybe he wins and shares it, but he’s not telling you the numbers.”

Kelenic is seeing a steady diet of offspeed stuff diving out of the zone and some splitters and changeups, often in the zone, but down or away — or both.


No. 2 Logan Gilbert, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 78 IP, 58 H, 16 ER, 16 BB, 101 SO, 1.85 ERA


No. 12 Cal Raleigh, C
SAT: 3-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI, SO
2019: .255/.326/.497, 18-2B, 17 HR, 51 RBI, 28 BB, 65 SO


No. 16 Ljay Newsome, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 17 GS, 92.2 IP, 98 H, 38 ER, 10 BB, 119 SO


UR Joe Rizzo, 3B
SAT: 3-4, RBI, BB, SO
2019: .304/.365/.451, 21-2B, 3-3B, 7 HR, 31 BB, 59 SO

Rizzo slugged .495 in June — eight doubles and three homers — and already has two home runs in July. Power is the missing ingredient from his offensive profile. Perhaps it’s coming along.


West Virginia Power (A) — South Atlantic League (All-Star Break)

No. 4 — Julio Rodriguez, OF
SAT: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
2019: .294/.382/.444, 7-2B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 12 BB, 32 SO


No. 36 Ryne Inman, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 17 GS, 84 IP, 70 H, 44 ER, 36 BB, 92 SO


No. 40 Jake Anchia, C
SAT: 2-4, BB, SO
2019: .249/.318/.442, 9-2B, 11 HR, 17 BB, 77 SO


Everett SquaSox (SS-A) — Northwest League

No. 6 George Kirby, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019:


No. 15 Brandon Williamson, LHS
SAT: DNP
2019:


No. 18 Carter Bins, C
SAT: DNP
2019: 9-44, 2 HR, 13 BB, 22 SO


No. 24 Austin Shenton, 3B
SAT: 2-5, 2B, 2 SO
2019: 20-for-56 (.353), 6-2B, 3B, 4 BB, 12 SO


No. 25 Damon Casetta-Stubbs, RHS
SAT: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, SO
2019: 66.1 IP, 79 H, 27 BB, 58 SO


No. 34 Tim Elliott, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 9.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 11 SO


No. 37 Jorge Benitez, LHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 16.2 IP, 19 H, 4 ER,11 BB, 14 SO


UR Kelvin Nunez, RHP
SAT: DNP
2019: 18.1 IP, 21 H, 8 ER, 7 BB, 13 SO


UR Juan Then, RHP
SAT: DNP
2019: 14 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 16 SO

7.2.2019: Then induced 11 swinging strikes in just five innings of work. He faced 19 batters and threw 54 of 79 pitches for strikes.


UR Juan Mercedes, RHP
SAT: DNP
2019: 7 G, 4 GS, 27.2 IP, 28 H, 3 BB, 16 SO

Mercedes is just 19 years of age, but looks the part at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. He pitched the part Thursday and while he’s not throwing 95, he does throw strikes and there si velo projection left as he learns to use his lower half better. Worth keeping an eye on, for sure.


Arizona Mariners (R) — Arizona Rookie League

No. 19 Juan Querecuto, SS
SAT: DNP
2019: 1-11, 3 BB, 5 SO


No. 23 Levi Stoudt, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019:


No. 13 Isaiah Campbell, RHS
SAT: DNP
2019:

In 18 starts for Arkansas, the right-hander went 12-1 with a 2.13 ERA. He rung up 125 strikeouts versus 22 walks in 118 1/3 innings of work.

I’d be surprised if he throws more than a few innings somewhere this summer — which was the plan for Logan Gilbert last summer before he became ill. It’s entirely plausible Campbell will not make his pro debut until next spring.


No. 29 Brayan Perez, LHS
SAT: DNP
2019: 20 IP, 17 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 18 SO


No. 31 Ty Adcock, RHR
SAT: DNP
2019:


No. 33 Adam Macko, LHS
SAT: DNP
2019:


UR Tyler Driver, RHP
SAT: DNP
2019: 14 IP, 13 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 11 SO

The Mariners’ 18th-round pick has pitched well in all four of his starts.

UPDATE: Driver tells me he’s using five pitches, including both a four-seam and two-seam fastball, each of which have armside run, which are creating a lot of weak contact (and broken bats) thus far.

He’s also using all three secondaries — slider, curveball, changeup — with the slider serving as his swing-and-miss pitch.


UR Nolan Perez, 3B
SAT: 3-5, 2B, SO
2019: .327/.345/.509, 2B, 3B, 2 HR

Perez is a switch-hitting third baseman with arm strength and quick hands in the batter’s box, projecting some power.


UR Danny Chang, LHP
SAT: DNP
2019: 12 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 21 SO

Chang, whom we discussed at more length in the podcast last week, might be too good for the Arizona League.


UR Blake Townsend, LHP
SAT: DNP
2019: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO


UR Edwin Gil, 3B/1B
SAT: 2-4, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SO
2019: .237/258/.525, 8-2B, 3B, 4 HR


DSL Mariners (R)

No. 8 Noelvi Marte, SS
SAT: 0-5, 2 SO
2019: .296/.358/.463, 8-2B, 2-3B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 11 BB, 26 SO, 11 SB


UR Jonatan Clase, CF
SAT:
3-5, 2B, RBI
2019:
.286/.415/.480, 7-2B, 3-3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 20 BB, 29 SO, 13 SB


UR Ortwin Pieternella, C/OF
SAT: 1-4, 3 RBI, SO
2019: .351/.472/.544, 6-2B, 3B, HR, 12 RBI, 14 BB, 13 SO, 4 SB

Piertenella has been catching, but he’s also getting time in the outfield. Right-handed bat. Turned 20 in May.


UR Yeury Tatiz, LHP
SAT: 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
2019: 18 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 22 SO


International Signings

(Dollar figures are as reported by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com)

I’ve long been a believer that unless you can get players that come with star upside, you’re probably better off taking more shots at secondary and tertiary prospects than to throw fewer noodles on the wall.

The international market is far less predictable than the draft and despite clubs getting so much better at that over the past 15 years, the failure rate with domestic 18-22 year-old kids is very high.

Almost all of the July 2 prospects are 16 or 17 — most wouldn’t be high school seniors this year in the states. Prospects change physically and mentally so much between 16 and 18 that those two years make it that much more difficult to project the player.

Judging by Jerry Dipoto’s approach to Latin America, he agrees with my preferred approach. Get Noelvi Marte and Julio Rodriguez, but rather than spending the rest of your pool money on four more players that cost between $500,000 and $700,000 each, maybe go get eight players for $250,000 to $350,000.

Phillips Castillo. Guillermo Pimentel. Greifer Andrade are good examples of the risk here in recent to semi-recent years for the Mariners.

Michael Pineda and Asdrubal Cabrera serve as gerat examples of players that far exceeded expectations. Neither were seven-figure signings.

Here’s the Mariners international class of 2019 (so far), and what I have on them.

George Feliz, OF — Dominican Republic ($900,000)
Can run, throw, hit and has polished defensive peripherals. Wasn’t “ranked” high but there’s more probability here than in most top 20 international prospects, per one Lat Am scout.

There have been at-same-age comparisons to Victor Robles, per Sanchez.

Carlos Jimenez, OF — Dominican Republic
Switch hitter with a big right-handed swing — better and shorter from the left side (natural). Lots of 45s on the one sheet here, but reminds a bit of Luis Liberato and Dom Thompson-Williams. Short on stature, not on energy, quickness.

Andres Mesa, SS –Dominican Republic ($500,000 est.)
Projectable infield glove, likely to end up at second or in the outfield, but a chance to stick at shortstop for awhile. Short, quick swing, terrific feet and hands, has the actions to plays second or short, average arm, quick release and arm talent to make a lot of tough throws look easy. Power likely to be limited — Starlin Castro? Above-average runner; quicker than he is fast.

Edryn Rodriguez, SS — Dominican Republic
Similar to Mesa, but with more projectable power, perhaps to average and beyond.

German Guilarte, C — Venezuela
Very good athlete donning the tools of bravery. Needs to get stronger and put on weight. Advanced footwork. Transfer & technique about average for age and experience. Bat projects.

Axel Sanchez, SS — Dominican Republic
Solid-average shortstop at present, likely to outgrow the position. Has arm for third base or right field. Raw tools at the plate include 55/60 raw power. Could be the best player of Seattle’s class in the end.

The Mariners also signed:
Luis Suisbel, SS — Venezuela
Adrian Quintana, RHP — Dominican Republic

Jose Corniel, RHP — Dominican Republic
Pedro Lemos Da Costa, RHP — Brazil
Emmanuel Marcano, RHP — Venezuela
Yoander Rojas, C — Venezuela

 

Jason A. Churchill

Churchill founded Prospect Insider in 2006 after getting his start at InsidethePark.com. He spent several years covering prep, college and pro sports for various newspapers, including The News Tribune and Seattle PI.

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