The Seattle Mariners’ farm system is shallow, lacks impact, lacks arms and is among the worst collections of talent in all of baseball. But there are some good things happening below the minors, suggesting a peak into an improving immediate future.
Right-hander Rob Whalen gets back on track after a lost 2017, showing low-90s stuff with a plus curveball. Tommy Romero debuts with advanded feel and improving secondaries.
Joe DeCarlo is taking to catching but his bat has shown up early and often in Double-A Arkansas. Middle infielder Donnie Walton has shortened up and is blistering the ball in Modesto. Right-hander Matt Festa has been a model of consistency for the Nuts late in game.
Last June’s top pick Evan White is hitting and on schedule and while Braden Bishop is off to a very slow start at the plate, he continues to shine on the bases and in the field.
Best of all, top prospect Kyle Lewis is slated to get his first official action in a matter of days.