The Seattle Mariners farm system has completed its regular season. Double-A Arkansas begins its playoff run Wednesday. But there’s always time for reflection.
Here are the offensive statistical leaders among prospects that either rank in my Top 40 or are just outside that group as the offseason approaches.
For rate stats: 200 PA minimum
No surprised here other than rookie-ball sensation Clase.
Clase had a great year, even slugging .444, and is a fun case to follow moving forward.
Bins hit .208 and while he mashed seven homers, he managed just three doubles and piled up strikeouts. He also walked a lot.
Fraley leading the way here might surprise some, and others might say “well, he was in the PCL.” But he slugged .539 in the Texas League in 61 games before spending 38 games in the ball-aided PCL.
Marte and Long didn’t play a full season (short-season schedule, injury), but the only surprise here is perhaps Donnie Walton, who also ranked in the Top 10 in average and on-base percentage.
Bishop, despite just 50 games played and 210 PAs, chimed in with 16 doubles, just missing the cut.
Guerrero is going to end up more of a power player but is a good enough athlete to take a base when it’s there. One thing to remember about stolen bases is pitchers and catchers both are works-in-progress dealing with the running game The lower the level, the more work needed, generally speaking.
Bins lands here in the strength of that OBP, but how about Walton?
Raleigh just missed here at 122 (he was amazing in the Cal League but challenged in the Texas League post promotion).