Updated Saturday, March 27, 10:33 PM PT
|Marco Gonzales||Rafael Montero||Tom Murphy||Evan White||Mitch Haniger|
|James Paxton||Kendall Graveman||Luis Torrens||Dylan Moore||Jose Marmolejos|
|Yusei Kikuchi||Anthony Misiewicz||Kyle Seager||Taylor Trammell|
|Chris Flexen||Keynan Middleton||J.P. Crawford||Sam Haggerty|
|Justus Sheffield||Casey Sadler||Ty France||Jake Fraley|
|Justin Dunn||Nick Margevicius|
The club optioned out RHRs Joey Gerber and Erik Swanson Saturday, leaving the final spot in the bullpen to right-handers Drew Steckenrider and Domingo Tapia, officially. Both have performed well, but Tapia has made just two appearances in ‘A’ games to Steckenrider’s seven. Tapia is already on the 40-man, Steckenrider is not, but the official placement of Ken Giles on the 60-day IL will open a spot for the club.
I would have gone with Gerber or Steckenrider here — but I thought Seattle would go with the younger player with more upside, the one they control for five more years, rather than the upside of selling Steckenrider at the deadline for little return.
Tapia has options, so they’ll be able to call upon all three righties that lose out to Steckenrider, which is clearly the way the club is going.
With the news Saturday that centerfielder Kyle Lewis is doubtful for Opening Day, I feel comfortable making the assumption he will see the IL and won’t be on the ODR. I’ve replaced him with the player whose name I hate typing, but this being the final roster projection, let’s pull no punches.
If it were my choice, considering the minor league season does not begin for an additional 33 days, I would do the same, but if Dunn struggles to get through five innings and continues to battle with control and command problems, I’m sending him to Triple-A in May.
One thing not discussed much with Dunn these days — because there are so many other things to dissect — is his lack of a third pitch. Sure, he could go curveball and slider, but he does not have a pitch for left-handed batters, which puts a ton of pressure on his fastball command and the consistency of the slider that’s looked so good this spring.
Jason A. Churchill
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