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The Seattle Mariners announced that five of their 2023 MLB Draft picks are going to be joining the Modesto Nuts for their full season debuts, including two top thirty draft picks in Colt Emerson and Tai Peete.

Colt Emerson was the organization’s first-round pick (No. 22 pick) in this year’s draft. Tai Peete was taken with No. 30 overall, Aidan Smith went in Round 4, Ryan Hawks in the eighth round, and Logan Evans was drafted in the 12th round.

Here was the lineup for the first game with these new additions.

In their debuts with the Nuts, Emerson went one for three with two walks and one strikeout and two runs batted in. Peete went three for six with two doubles and also drove in two. The duo will be fun to watch in Modesto along with slugger Lazaro Montes.

Modesto Nuts (A) – California League

4 Michael Arroyo SS .264/.387/.427, 3 HR, 12% BB, 19.4% K
11 Lazaro Montes OF .301/.446/.607, 12 HR, 19.3% BB, 24% K
18 Michael Morales RHP 19 GS, 95.1 IP, 4.44 ERA, 24.6% 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 .264/.393/.442, 10 HR, 15% BB, 14.8% K
2 Harry Ford C .257/.415/.436, 14 HR, 18.6% BB, 19% K
5 Gabriel Gonzalez OF .310/.371/.502, 17 HR 6.6% BB, 15.7% K
10 Tyler Locklear 1B .292/.407/.525, 12 HR, 12.6% BB, 22.1% 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

13 Jonatan Clase OF .243/.352/.461, 18 HR, 13.5% BB, 27.2% K
15 Prelander Berroa RHP 34 G, 5 GS, 52.2 IP, 3.09 ERA, 36.7% K, 15.4% BB
27 Alberto Rodriguez OF .304/.381/.530, 12 HR, 9.2% BB, 23.8% K
32 Robert Perez Jr. 1B .253/.331/.436, 14 HR, 7.3% BB, 28.4% K
38 Ty Adcock RHP 19 G, 20.2 IP, 1.74 ERA, 29.3% K, 6.7% BB
40 Travis Kuhn RHP 41 G, 45.2 IP, 3.55 ERA, 21.5% K, 10.3% BB
44 Jorge Benitez LHP 38 G, 55 IP, 2.29 ERA, 27.8% K, 15.1% BB

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) – Pacific Coast League

9 Ryan Bliss 2B .310/.372/.516, 15 HR, 7.3% BB, 19.6% K
22 Zach DeLoach OF .286/.389/.481, 18 HR, 13.3% BB, 29.2% K
26 Juan Then RHP 26 G, 30 IP, 9.30 ERA, 16.9% K, 12.2% BB
29 Eduard Bazardo RHP 32 G, 44 IP, 3.07 ERA, 29.7% K, 6.6% BB
45 Taylor Dollard RHP 3 GS, 8.1 IP, 7.56 ERA, 22.2 K%, 8.3% BB

Could Mariners Next Starter be in Tacoma?

Before Emerson Hancock got injured, the Seattle Mariners were planning on going with a 6 man rotation. Those plans changed, but the Mariners could still need a starter if they decide to skip any of Bryan Woo’s starts or keep him on a shorter leash in his starts.

If Seattle decides they have to call up a pitcher to start any games they could turn to Triple-A starter Adam Oller. He was claimed off of waivers from the Oakland A’s after struggling in stints at the big league level.

In seven starts for the Tacoma Rainiers Oller has an ERA of 3.00 in 39 innings. He has struck out 37 batters so far and walked 20. Opponents are hitting .228 against the right-hander and he is stranding a career high 87.7% of batters on the base paths.

In the case that Seattle needs another arm that can go multiple innings, Oller is certainly a candidate, especially since he is on the 40 man roster already. He could be the pitcher the club adds when rosters expand on September first.

Mariners Prospects In the News

MLB Pipeline picks one prospect from each organization that could reach a 20 home run and 20 stolen base season.

The Mariners promoted three prospects, including top ten prospect Tyler Locklear.

Top prospects Harry Ford and Lazaro Montes won Player of the Week honors in their respective leagues.

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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.