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The Seattle Mariners made a significant investment in a young Cuban outfielder in January of 2022 when they signed Lazaro Montes for $2.5 million as an International Free Agent. He is currently listed at 6-foot-3 weighing 210 pounds and brings lots of physical projection to the table.

Jason Churchill ranks him as the Mariners 11th best prospect in their system currently. He says, “Montes is a big-bodied teenager who projects as a bat-only prospect limited to first base or DH. But with big bat speed and impressive bat-to-ball skills, the upside here is pretty high, and time is on his side — he won’t turn 19 until October and he’s already mashed his way to full-season ball.”

He did earn that promotion to full-season ball about a month ago and since then he has been on fire at the plate for the Modesto Nuts. In 24 games the Cuban outfielder is slashing .320/.426/.598 with seven doubles, a triple, and six home runs. He has been walking over 13% in 115 plate appearances in Modesto and striking out just under 24% of the time.

If Mariners fans have MiLB.TV they should check in on Montes and the rest of the Nuts roster because they only have nine games remaining. Their season concludes on September 10 against Fresno.

Modesto Nuts (A) – California League


3 Colt Emerson SS .368/.493/.579, 2 HR, 16.9% BB, 19.7% K
4 Michael Arroyo SS .269/.404/.425, 3 HR, 12.5% BB, 20.4% K
8 Tai Peete SS .339/.403/.523, 2 HR, 9.7% BB, 23.6% K
11 Lazaro Montes OF .300/.441/.575, 12 HR, 18.8% BB, 24.5% K
18 Michael Morales RHP 21 GS, 98.1 IP, 4.39 ERA, 24.4% K, 9.5% BB
28 Milkar Perez 3B .270/.378/.368, 1 HR, 13% BB, 24.7% K
35 Tyler Gough RHP 9 G, 8 GS, 28 IP, 6.11 ERA, 17.7% K, 11.3% BB
36 Ben Williamson 3B .268/.318/.415, 4.5% BB, 27.3% K

Everett AquaSox (A+) — Northwest League

1 Cole Young SS .273/.399/.445, 10 HR, 14.7% BB, 15% K
2 Harry Ford C .254/.410/.432, 15 HR, 18.5% BB, 19.2% K
5 Gabriel Gonzalez OF .305/.368/.489, 17 HR 6.8% BB, 15.7% K
24 Axel Sanchez SS .199/.285/.353, 7 HR, 8.5% BB, 29.2% K
30 Hogan Windish 2B .262/.363/.485, 18 HR, 11.9% BB, 31.7% K

Arkansas Travelers (AA) – Texas League

10 Tyler Locklear 1B .292/.407/.507, 12 HR, 12.8% BB, 20.5% K
13 Jonatan Clase OF .243/.349/.457, 19 HR, 13.1% BB, 27.2% K
15 Prelander Berroa RHP 36 G, 5 GS, 58.1 IP, 2.93 ERA, 37.7% K, 15.6% BB
27 Alberto Rodriguez OF .310/.383/.533, 13 HR, 8.9% BB, 23.9% K
32 Robert Perez Jr. 1B .251/.326/.429, 15 HR, 7% BB, 28.6% K
38 Ty Adcock RHP 19 G, 20.2 IP, 1.74 ERA, 29.3% K, 6.7% BB
40 Travis Kuhn RHP 43 G, 47.2 IP, 3.59 ERA, 20.9% K, 10.7% BB
44 Jorge Benitez LHP 40 G, 57 IP, 2.21 ERA, 27.5% K, 15.7% BB

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) – Pacific Coast League

9 Ryan Bliss 2B .299/.362/.500, 16 HR, 7.5% BB, 20% K
22 Zach DeLoach OF .288/.396/.490, 19 HR, 14.1% BB, 28.6% K
26 Juan Then RHP 28 G, 32 IP, 8.72 ERA, 16.6% K, 12.3% BB
29 Eduard Bazardo RHP 35 G, 46 IP, 3.33 ERA, 28.4% K, 7.1% BB
45 Taylor Dollard RHP 3 GS, 8.1 IP, 7.56 ERA, 22.2 K%, 8.3% BB

Mariners Reunite with former Catcher Luis Torrens

The Seattle Mariners signed Luis Torrens to a minor league contract and he was assigned to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. Torrens was acquired by the Mariners in the famous trade the Mariners made with the San Diego Padres where Seattle acquired Ty France, Taylor Trammell, and Andres Muñoz along with Torrens. He played in parts of three seasons with the Mariners and hit .239/.297/.388 with a 94 OPS+ in just over 600 plate appearances.

In 2023 the 27-year-old has played in 19 minor league games with the Nationals Triple-A affiliate and played in 13 games in the big leagues with the Cubs. Now Torrens is back in Tacoma with the Rainiers, making his debut earlier this week.

The Mariners were in the market for another catcher due to Tom Murphy being on the shelf with a thumb injury currently. The club called up Brian O’Keefe from Tacoma when Murphy went down but O’Keefe has only one hit in 13 at bats. Torrens adds depth at the Triple-A level along with veteran catcher Pedro Severino. If the Mariners want to go in a different direction than O’Keefe backing up Cal Raleigh they now have another option in Torrens.

Mariners Prospects In the News

Click here to see which Mariners prospect is the hottest down on the farm according to MLB Pipeline.

Mariners prospect Tai Peete hit two grand slams in back-to-back innings for the Modesto Nuts.

The Seattle organization promoted Isiah Gilliam to Triple-A Tacoma from Double-A Arkansas after slashing .280/.393/.523 to go along with 22 home runs and 22 stolen bases.

Two Mariners prospects took home some hardware this past week.

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Curtis Christianson

Curtis Christianson is the Athletic Director at Concordia Christian Academy. He also works in the Tacoma Rainiers clubhouse during the baseball season.