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When the Seattle Mariners traded away their closer Paul Sewald to the Arizona Diamondbacks, many focused on the two Major League players that were acquired in Josh Rojas and Dominic Canzone. Those two certainly have been crucial in the Mariners August and September hot streak, but the third player brought over from the Diamondbacks has been heating up in Triple-A.

Ryan Bliss had just recently made his Triple-A debut with the Reno Aces when he was sent to the Mariners organization. He reported to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers where he struggled to find his footing at the Triple-A level. However, the young middle infielder has been starting to find his stroke.

In his last seven games Bliss is hitting .565/.656/1.130 with two doubles, a triple, and three home runs. He has also only struck out twice and walked eight times and gone six-for-seven on stolen base attempts. This stretch has raised his overall Tacoma numbers to .256/.347/.465 which is getting closer to the numbers he put up in Double-A earlier this season with the D-Backs organization. He hit .358/.414/.594 in 68 games at the Double-A level before being promoted in July.

The Rainiers are in the hunt for a playoff spot with just over two weeks to go and if Bliss can keep up his hot hitting at the plate then the Rainiers might find themselves traveling to Oklahoma City to play the Oklahoma City Dodgers for the Pacific Coast League title.

Modesto Nuts (A) – California League

3 Colt Emerson SS .385/.510/.577, 2 HR, 15.2% BB, 17.2% K
4 Michael Arroyo SS .252/.398/.395, 3 HR, 12.9% BB, 20.1% K
8 Tai Peete SS .289/.422/.422, 2 HR, 10% BB, 25% K
11 Lazaro Montes OF .297/.438/.550, 12 HR, 18.4% BB, 25% K
18 Michael Morales RHP 22 GS, 101.1 IP, 4.53 ERA, 24.4% K, 9.2% BB
28 Milkar Perez 3B .267/.374/.363, 1 HR, 12.9% 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 .276/.400/.447, 11 HR, 14.7% BB, 15.1% K
2 Harry Ford C .257/.410/.430, 15 HR, 18.3% BB, 19.4% K
5 Gabriel Gonzalez OF .302/.366/.485, 18 HR 6.9% BB, 15.5% K
24 Axel Sanchez SS .199/.285/.353, 7 HR, 8.5% BB, 29.2% K
30 Hogan Windish 2B .272/.374/.513, 22 HR, 12.2% BB, 30.6% K

Arkansas Travelers (AA) – Texas League

10 Tyler Locklear 1B .287/.402/.513, 13 HR, 12.7% BB, 20.7% K
13 Jonatan Clase OF .241/.350/.448, 19 HR, 13.3% BB, 28% K
15 Prelander Berroa RHP 29 G, 5 GS, 61.1 IP, 2.93 ERA, 38% K, 15.1% BB
27 Alberto Rodriguez OF .305/.381/.525, 14 HR, 9.3% BB, 24.1% K
32 Robert Perez Jr. 1B .248/.327/.432, 17 HR, 7.7% BB, 29.2% K
38 Ty Adcock RHP 19 G, 20.2 IP, 1.74 ERA, 29.3% K, 6.7% BB
40 Travis Kuhn RHP 46 G, 50.2 IP, 3.38 ERA, 22% K, 10.3% BB
44 Jorge Benitez LHP 42 G, 59.2 IP, 2.11 ERA, 29.6% K, 15.8% BB

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) – Pacific Coast League

9 Ryan Bliss 2B .312/.379/.531, 19 HR, 8.4% BB, 19.2% K
22 Zach DeLoach OF .283/.391/.482, 19 HR, 14.1% BB, 28.2% K
26 Juan Then RHP 31 G, 34.2 IP, 8.05 ERA, 16% K, 12.8% BB
29 Eduard Bazardo RHP 37 G, 47.2 IP, 3.21 ERA, 28.9% K, 8% BB
45 Taylor Dollard RHP 3 GS, 8.1 IP, 7.56 ERA, 22.2 K%, 8.3% BB

Modesto Nuts on Meteoric Hot Streak

The Modesto Nuts have gone on an insane winning streak and have placed themselves in the argument for the hottest team in professional baseball. They have won 16 games in a row following a Thursday night win.

The Nuts have had strong performances all season long from players like Michael Morales, Tatem Levins, and Milkar Perez. In the first half of the season they also had Cole Young and Gabriel Gonzalez who were promoted to the Everett AquaSox. Now in the last month the Nuts have added Lazaro Montes, Colt Emerson, Tai Peete, and Ben Williamson. These new young prospects have helped the Nuts go on this 16 game winning streak.

Mariners Prospects In the News

MLB Pipeline showcased one 2023 draftee from each organization that is off to a hot start, including a Mariners draftee who is getting on base more than 50% of the time so far in his young career.

Two former Mariners International prospects got to play against each other this week on the field in Cincinnati.

Three players in the Mariners organization won Player of the Month awards for their August performances.


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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.