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In 2022 Cade Marlowe had himself an extremely hot second half of the season in Double-A. From July 1st through September 13th he slashed .348/.439/.567 with 12 doubles and 10 home runs. This earned him a promotion to Triple-A Tacoma for the final few weeks of the minor league season.

After that he found himself on the doorstep of the big leagues. He traveled with the Seattle Mariners to Toronto for their American League Wild Card Series. He was brought in case the club needed another outfielder because Jesse Winker and Sam Haggerty were both hurt. If Marlowe would have been activated for that series, he would have made his big league debut in the playoffs, something only five players have done in baseball history.

Marlowe did not make his debut and he started this season with Triple-A Tacoma. He had been struggling for a while and through his first 45 games he was slashing .224/.286/.383 with just four home runs. However he has been hitting at a much higher clip lately.

In his last 11 games, the Georgia native is hitting .348/.444/.696 with three doubles and three home runs. This is a much better line compared to his earlier numbers, and in his last five games he has been on an even hotter tear. He is hitting .500, going 10-for-20 and walking more than he has struck out, and putting up a .500/.600/1.100 slash line. If Marlowe can keep this hot streak up then he might find himself on his way to Seattle.

Modesto Nuts (A) – California League

4 Michael Arroyo SS .377/.472/.656, 2 HR, 11.1% BB, 12.5% K
5 Cole Young SS .268/.400/.430, 4 HR, 14.5% BB, 13.6% K
9 Gabriel Gonzalez OF .348/.398/.496, 5 HR 6.6% BB, 14.9% K
18 Michael Morales RHP 13 GS, 67.1 IP, 4.14 ERA, 23.9% K, 9.0% BB
28 Tyler Gough RHP 9 G, 8 GS, 28 IP, 6.11 ERA, 17.7% K, 11.3% BB
35 Milkar Perez 3B .270/.388/.352, 14.2% BB, 25.4% K
36 Josh Hood SS/3B .257/.333/.405, 5 HR, 10.4% BB, 21.3% K
48 Tatem Levins C .278/.363/.492, 5 HR 12.3% BB, 22.6% K

Everett AquaSox (A+) — Northwest League

1 Harry Ford C .253/.405/.418, 8 HR, 17.7% BB, 19% K
8 Axel Sanchez SS .200/.311/.333, 4 HR, 10.5% BB, 30.1% K
13 Tyler Locklear 3B .311/.419/.572, 11 HR, 12.4% BB, 22.1% K
25 Hogan Windish 2B .258/.368/.448, 7 HR, 12.4% BB, 32.1% K
29 Alberto Rodriguez OF .300/.387/.571, 10 HR, 9.9% BB, 21.9% K
38 Walking Cabrera OF .238/.298/.431, 7 HR, 8.3% BB, 32% K

Arkansas Travelers (AA) – Texas League

6 Bryan Woo RHP 9 GS, 44 IP, 2.05 ERA, 34.3% K, 7% BB
7 Emerson Hancock RHP 14 GS, 65.1 IP, 4.68 ERA, 26.5% K, 10.8% BB
12 Prelander Berroa RHP 19 G, 5 GS, 40 IP, 3.38 ERA, 36% K, 17.4% BB
14 Jonatan Clase OF .250/.365/.519, 16 HR, 14.6% BB, 31.1% K
21 Robert Perez Jr. 1B .258/.325/.453, 9 HR, 6.3% BB, 30.6% K
22 Isaiah Campbell RHP 21 G, 22 IP, 2.86 ERA, 27.3% K, 8% BB
26 Juan Mercedes RHP 13 G, 12 GS, 61.1 IP, 5.28 ERA, 24% K, 7.5% BB
33 Travis Kuhn RHP 25 G, 28 IP, 2.89 ERA, 21.6% K, 11.2% BB
45 Spencer Packard OF .240/.370/.385, 6 HR, 15.2% BB, 17.1% K

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) – Pacific Coast League

15 Taylor Dollard RHP 3 GS, 8.1 IP, 7.56 ERA, 22.2 K%, 8.3% BB
19 Juan Then RHP 14 G, 17.1 IP, 11.42 ERA, 18.3% K, 10.8% BB
20 Cade Marlowe OF .249/.319/.445, 7 HR, 8.9% BB, 26.5% K
24 Zach DeLoach OF .293/.403/.455, 9 HR, 14.2% BB, 28.3% K
40 Stephen Kolek RHP 21 G, 33.1 IP, 6.75 ERA, 21.2% K, 11.9% BB
UR Brian O’Keefe C .247/.340/.498, 14 HR, 12.3% BB, 24.1% K
UR Jake Scheiner INF/OF .280/.393/.559, 19 HR, 15% BB, 23% K

Mariners Draft Spotlight

One of the ways that the Mariners organization has been successful in the draft is by getting the most out of college pitchers. They have taken first round college starters and turned them into big league rotation staples in George Kirby and Logan Gilbert. The club has also taken Bryan Woo and Bryce Miller in the sixth and fourth rounds respectively and gotten them into their big league rotation. If the organization decides to target college pitchers after the first round, Seth Keener from Wake Forest is drawing attention as a “strong day two prospect.”

Joe Doyle of Future Stars Series likes this Wake Forest right-hander and has him ranked as his 78th draft prospect. Keener started only 8 games for the Demon Deacons in 2023, but that was in part due to the team having a loaded pitching staff. They only had 5 pitchers start multiple games in 2023 and three of the four besides Keener are ranked higher than him in Doyle’s 2023  draft rankings and one of them is ranked 20th in Doyle’s top 200 2024 college prospects. So it is possible that if Keener were on a different team he would have had more opportunities to start.

Regardless, in his 70.1 innings pitched for Wake Forest Keener had a 2.69 ERA with 94 strikeouts and 20 walks. Doyle had this to say about the 6-foot-2 righty, “He can rush it up to 95, resting in the low 90s with elite-level extension and deceptive qualities to some of his stuff. Keener will mix it up with four pitches, leaning on the four-seamer, inducing swing and miss primarily with a sweeping breaking ball in the low-80s. Keener checks a lot of metrics boxes with big spin rates, the aforementioned elite extension and athleticism numbers, as well as budding velocity.”


Mariners Prospects in the News

The Seattle Mariners will have two prospects representing the organization at the Futures Game in Seattle on July 8th at T-Mobile Park.

Check out which high school prospects Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline mocked to the Mariners in his latest MLB Mock Draft.

MLB Pipeline came out with an updated top 100 MLB prospects list that includes three Mariners after Bryce Miller graduated.

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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.