The highest overall draft pick used by the Seattle Mariners in the Jerry Dipoto era was the 6th overall selection used in 2020 on right-handed pitcher Emerson Hancock from Georgia. He was expected to be one of the best college pitchers in his draft class before the pandemic ended his junior season. After dealing with the pandemic and injuries, Hancock is back at Double-A Arkansas this season and has been on a much more normal schedule.
His overall season numbers are not great, but the native Georgian has been much better as of late. In four of his last five starts he has pitched 6 or more innings, except for one where he only went four and gave up 7 earned runs. In those five starts he has a 3.72 ERA with opponents batting .217/.282/.387 against him while striking out over 28% of batters and walking 8.5%.
In his last three starts however, Hancock has pitched 19 innings and only has a 1.89 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .209/.243/.299 slash line. He has also struck out over 31% of batters and only walked 4.5% during these last three starts.
If the Mariners need to call on another starting pitcher from the minor leagues, Hancock might be at the top of the list, especially if he continues to pitch at this level. The Mariners have already had to dip into their Double-A rotation twice this year when they added Bryce Miller to replace Robbie Ray after he injured his elbow, and then again more recently by calling up Bryan Woo when Marco Gonzales had to go on the Injured List. Woo is only pitching in his second professional season after having elbow surgery after college and has already thrown more innings this year (61.2) than he did last year (57). If the Mariners decide they should scale back Woo’s innings then they could bring up Hancock who has more professional innings than Woo.
— Arkansas Travelers (@ARTravs) June 20, 2023
Modesto Nuts (A) – California League
|4||Michael Arroyo||SS||.409/.500/.705, 2 HR, 9.6% BB, 7.7% K|
|5||Cole Young||SS||.267/.403/.413, 3 HR, 15.5% BB, 13.5% K|
|9||Gabriel Gonzalez||OF||.345/.396/.502, 5 HR 6.4% BB, 15.5% K|
|18||Michael Morales||RHP||12 GS, 61.1 IP, 3.96 ERA, 23.2% K, 8.7% BB|
|28||Tyler Gough||RHP||9 G, 8 GS, 28 IP, 6.11 ERA, 17.7% K, 11.3% BB|
|35||Milkar Perez||3B||.256/.386/.330, 15.5% BB, 25.5% K|
|36||Josh Hood||SS/3B||.261/.339/.406, 4 HR, 10.7% BB, 21% K|
|48||Tatem Levins||C||.279/.362/.500, 5 HR 12.1% BB, 21.3% K|
Everett AquaSox (A+) — Northwest League
|1||Harry Ford||C||.243/.406/.398, 9 HR, 18.9% BB, 19.2% K|
|8||Axel Sanchez||SS||.203/.305/.301, 2 HR, 9.6% BB, 30.5% K|
|13||Tyler Locklear||3B||.311/.419/.572, 11 HR, 12.4% BB, 22.1% K|
|25||Hogan Windish||2B||.255/.359/.469, 7 HR, 11.2% BB, 31.8% K|
|29||Alberto Rodriguez||OF||.298/.388/.569, 10 HR, 10.4% BB, 22.4% 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||13 GS, 59.1 IP, 4.85 ERA, 28% K, 11.4% BB|
|12||Prelander Berroa||RHP||17 G, 5 GS, 38 IP, 3.55 ERA, 34.9% K, 18.1% BB|
|14||Jonatan Clase||OF||.252/.372/.533, 16 HR, 15.2% BB, 30.7% K|
|21||Robert Perez Jr.||1B||.258/.325/.453, 9 HR, 6.3% BB, 30.6% K|
|22||Isaiah Campbell||RHP||19 G, 20 IP, 3.15 ERA, 25.6% K, 8.5% BB|
|26||Juan Mercedes||RHP||13 G, 12 GS, 61.1 IP, 5.28 ERA, 24% K, 7.5% BB|
|33||Travis Kuhn||RHP||23 G, 27 IP, 2.67 ERA, 21.8% K, 10.9% BB|
|45||Spencer Packard||OF||.245/.381/.396, 6 HR, 15.9% BB, 17.6% 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||12 G, 15.1 IP, 9.39 ERA, 20.8% K, 10.4% BB|
|20||Cade Marlowe||OF||.225/.289/.383, 4 HR, 7.8% BB, 27.6% K|
|24||Zach DeLoach||OF||.295/.403/.442, 7 HR, 14% BB, 28% K|
|40||Stephen Kolek||RHP||20 G, 31 IP, 7.26 ERA, 20.1% K, 11.8% BB|
|UR||Brian O’Keefe||C||.234/.332/.449, 11 HR, 12.6% BB, 24.8% K|
|UR||Jake Scheiner||INF/OF||.286/.398/.577, 18 HR, 14.9% BB, 22.5% K|
Mariners Draft Spotlight
The MLB Draft is nearing every closer and the MLB Draft Combine took place this week in Arizona where a few hundred prospects got to showcase their talents in front of scouts at Chase Field. There have been many players who have impressed scouts in attendance, and MLB Pipeline noted 10 players that impressed on day two of the event, and one of those players was prep shortstop Tai Peete.
Tai Peete is a 6-foot-2 shortstop from Georgia with an “electric left-handed swing” according to Pipeline. He caught their eye on day two of the combine because, “Peete has arguably the quickest bat in the Draft and he whipped it through the zone, generating the longest average drives (338 feet) and the highest average launch angle (38 degrees). His exit velocities averaged 92 mph and he also took a good infield.” MLB Pipeline has him ranked as their 53rd draft prospect while Joe Doyle of Future Stars Series has him ranked at 68.
Doyle said, “A lot of scouts like the talent a bit more at the plate where he presents current game power and pull-side juice. Peete has a solid glove on the dirt with a solid average arm, smooth footwork and quick hands, all traits that suggest he’ll stay at shortstop. He’s a reasonably good bet to get selected in the first couple rounds this July.”
— Perfect Game Georgia (@PG_Georgia) July 24, 2022
Mariners Prospects in the News
MLB Pipeline highlighted the one prospect that is the hottest hitter in each organization, and the one from Seattle’s organization is on the Modesto Nuts.
MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo put together a new mock draft where he predicted three Mariners picks.
Check out Daniel Kramer of MLB.com‘s overview of the Mariners minor leagues from earlier this week.
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