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

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)– Pacific Coast League

No. 7 Jake Fraley, OF (24)
TUE: DNP
2019: .295/.363/.534, 24-2B, 5-3B, 17 HR, 76 RBI, 33 BB, 85 SO, 22 SB


No. 12 Shed Long, 2B/3B/OF (23)
TUE: DNP (IL)
2019: .279/.343/.466, 7-2B, 4-3B, 8 HR, 35 RBI, 20 BB, 59 SO


No. 14 Braden Bishop, CF (25)
TUE: Recalled 6.2.2019 (IL)
2019: .293/.378/.500, 13-2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 21 BB, 38 SO, 2 SB


No. 27 Erik Swanson, RHS (25)
TUE: Recalled 7.16.2019
2019: 10 G, 6 GS, 24.1 IP, 28 H, 15 ER, 12 BB, 28 SO


No. 36 Tim Lopes, 2B (24) [REHAB]
TUE: DNP
2019: .301/.361/.474, 30-2B, 2-3B, 10 HR, 60 RBI, 36 BB, 70 SO, 26 SB


UR Taylor Guilbeau, LHP
TUE: DNP
2019: 36 G, 45.2 IP, 39 H, 14 ER, 15 BB, 53 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.


Arkansas Travelers (AA) — Texas League

No. 2 Logan Gilbert, RHS (22)
TUE: DNP
2019: 108.2 IP, 77 H, 28 ER, 25 BB, 130 SO

8.3.2019: Gilbert was strong again Saturday, throwing 67 of 90 pitches for strikes and working his way around a tough fourth inning and spotty command of his offspeed stuff.

He’s made four starts with Arkansas, covering 23.2 innings, yielding 16 hits and seven walks. Gilbert has fanned 21 in that span and allowes a .195 BAA. He’s yet to allow a long ball and has given up just give home runs all year.

I seem to be alone here, but Gilbert is better than either of the next two players on this list. Better now, better future.

Talking to two scouts Friday at Cheney Stadium — one a former scouting director — about Gilbert I noted how he’s more projectable physically than either Dunn or Sheffield, is younger with less pro experience, yet he’s accomplished just as much.

I also mentioned he has four legit pitches, where Dunn never needed more than fastball-slider in college (he was a reliever m0st of the time) and the changeup remains in progress.

Sheffield has three legit pitches, but is less likely to live 93-96 mph and I see a lower ceiling in Sheffield’s slider than either of Gilbert’s two breaking balls.

The former scouting director’s now on my side.


No. 3 Justin Dunn, RHS (23)
TUE: DNP
2019: 100.1 IP, 91 H, 41 ER, 31 BB, 119 SO


No. 5 Justus Sheffield, LHS (23)
TUE: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO
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. 9 Kyle Lewis, OF (24)
TUE: 1-4, 2B, RBI, SO
2019: .274/.359/.409, 23-2B, 2-3B, 8 HR, 53 RBI, 51 BB, 118 SO, 3 SB


No. 10 Cal Raleigh, C (22)
TUE: 0-3, BB, 2 SO
2019: .257/.340/.492, 22-2B, 22 HR, 71 RBI, 45 BB, 94 SO


No. 11 Evan White, 1B (23)
TUE: 2-5
2019: .293/.343/.483, 12-2B, 2-3B, 13 HR, 42 RBI, 21 BB, 68 SO, SB


No. 17 Ricardo Sanchez, LHS (22)
TUE: DNP
2019: 120.2 IP, 129 H, 54 ER, 30 BB, 117 SO


No. 18 Ljay Newsome, RHS (22)
TUE: DNP
2019: 22 GS, 122 IP, 127 H, 51 ER, 12 BB, 140 SO


No. 22 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF (24)
TUE: DNP
2019: .235/.302/.398, 22-2B, 3-3B, 10 HR, 37 RBI, 30 BB, 122 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. 24 Jake Haberer, RHR (24)
TUE: 1 IP, H, ER, BB, SO
2019: 33 G, 45.2 IP, 34 H, 27 BB, 64 SO


No. 26 Joey Gerber, RHP (22)
TUE: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
2019: 36 G, 39.1 IP, 26 H, 13 ER, 20 BB, 55 SO


No. 30 Sam Delaplane, RHR (24)
TUE: DNP
2019: 35 G, 53 IP, 31 H, 21 BB, 95 SO

8.1.2019: Delaplane threw 15 of 21 pitches for strikes to cruise through the final two innings of Sheffield’s fine outing Thursday.

7.29.2019: Scouts tell me Delaplane’s fastball hasn’t had quote the zip it had earlier in the year, which might explain a tad plunge in production as well as usage. No sign of injury at all, it may just be that time of year. He’s pitched a lot.


No. 34 Wyatt Mills, RHR (24)
TUE:
1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, SO
2019:
34 IP, 37 H, 20 ER, 15 BB, 51 SO


No. 39 Donnie Walton, 2B/SS (25)
TUE: DNP
2019: .295/.390/.415, 14-2B, 3B, 10 HR, 52 BB, 58 SO, 8 SB


UR Aaron Fletcher, LHP
TUE: DNP
2019: 33 G, 61.1 IP, 37 H, 12 ER, 15 BB, 72 SO


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

No. 1 Jarred Kelenic, OF (20)
TUE: 2-4, wB, RBI, SO
2019: .290/.370/.523, 25-2B, 4-3B, 16 HR, 47 RBI, 42 BB, 91 SO, 16 SB


No. 40 Raymond Kerr, LHP (24)
TUE: 1 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 BB, SO
2019: 28 G, 80 IP, 75 H, 43 BB, 75 SO


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

No. 4 Julio Rodriguez, OF (18)
TUE: 2-5, 2B, RBI
2019: .281/.351/.477, 17-2B, 3B, 9 HR, 41 RBI, 18 BB, 61 SO

Rodriguez, who won’t be 19 until December 29, is up to .341/.429/.598 over his last 10 games. He enters play Wednesday with a 140 wRC+, which ranks No. 19 in the South Atlantic League. Rodriguez is the only 18-year-old in the league that ranks in the top 95.


No. 20 Austin Shenton, 3B (21)
TUE: 2-3, BB
2019: .312/.390/.552, 15-2B, 2-3B, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 15 BB, 34 SO

Not that it’s a potential future position for him but Shenton started and played all nine innings at second base in this game.


UR Josias De Los Santos, RHP (19)
TUE: DNP
2019: 16 G, 11 GS, 74.2 IP, 75 H, 28 BB, 58 SO


Everett SquaSox (SS-A) — Northwest League [ALL-STAR BREAK]

No. 6 George Kirby, RHS (21)
TUE: DNP
2019: 4 GS, 10 IP, ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

Kirby was named to the NWL All-Star team Wednesday.

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.


No. 15 Brandon Williamson, LHS (21)
TUE: DNP
2019: 8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 14 SO


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

Casetta-Stubbs struggled in the NWL-PIO All-Star Game Tuesday.


No. 21 Juan Then, RHP (19)
TUE: DNP
2019: 23.1 IP, 17 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 25 SO


No. 25 Carter Bins, C (20)
TUE: DNP
2019: .176/.375/.294, 4 HR, 25 BB, 40 SO


No. 29 Brayan Perez, LHS (18)
TUE: DNP
2019: 41.1 IP, 45 H, 20 ER, 11 BB, 39 SO


No. 31 Jorge Benitez, LHS (20)
TUE: DNP
2019: 36.2 IP, 33 H, 16 ER, 23 BB, 40 SO


Arizona Mariners (R) — Arizona Rookie League

No. 23 Juan Querecuto, SS (18)
TUE: DNP
2019: 5-40, 2-2B, 6 BB, 18 SO


No. 28 Danny Chang, LHP (19)
TUE: DNP
2019: 30.1 IP, 25 H, 14 ER, 16 BB, 41 SO


No. 37 Tyler Driver, RHP (18)
TUE: DNP
2019: 34 IP, 33 H, 18 ER, 10 BB, 25 SO


UR Adam Macko, LHS
TUE: DNP
2019: 12 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 15 SO


UR Elvis Alvarado, RHP
TUE: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 3 SO
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. 8 Noelvi Marte, SS (17)
TUE: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB
2019: .263/.332/.424, 12-2B, 3-3B, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 23 BB, 48 SO, 12 SB


No. 38 Jonatan Clase, CF (17)
TUE:
0-3, 2 BB, 2 SO, SB
2019:
.287/.407/.441, 11-2B, 6-3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 36 BB, 47 SO, 22 SB

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