(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.

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.

Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio prior to joining HERO Sports in July, 2016.

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