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.

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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