Braden Bishop, Mariners

As we work our way toward Jarred Kelenic, Logan Gilbert, Kyle Lewis, George Kirby and Julio Rodriguez, among others, let’s continue the countdown of the Top 50 Seattle Mariners Prospects entering the 2020 season. Here are Nos. 16-20 in reverse order.

Down the page here, you’ll find prospects 21-50, including the update after the Mariners lost No. 31 Ricardo Sanchez on waivers to the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday.

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20. Austin Shenton, 3B
HT: 6-0 WT: 200 BATS: L THROWS: R AGE: 22

Shenton was the club’s 5th-round pick last June and he raked from Day 1, batting .298/.376/.510 at two stops, including Class-A West Virginia.

At present, Shenton has a better hit tool than game power, but there’s enough bat speed to suggest that could change over time. He finds the barrel and can spread hard contact to left-center with doubles pop.

I have as many questions about Shenton’s chances to stick at third as anyone — he’s not a great athlete — but I’m not sure where else he fits as an everyday player, which he may not be in the end for multiple reasons. But I like the chances the offensive profile changes in time because solid hit tools open a lot of doors in the development phase.

Shenton likely heads to Modesto to start 2020.


19. Taylor Guilbeau, LHR
HT: 6-4 WT: 230 BATS: R THROWS:AGE: 25

Guilbeau came over in the trade with Washington last summer that also landed the club Elvis Alvarado in exchange for Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland. At the time, I was told he was a fastball-slider southpaw with reverse split issues who touched 95 mph. What I saw in Tacoma — and what Guilbeau showed in the majors later that month in the big leagues — was a true power lefty up to 97, sitting 93-95 with a plus changeup and fringe-average slider.

The fastball sinks and has run to his arm side, and the slider isn’t a lost cause, so there’s hope he gets better versus left-handed batters. He’s a good bet to see the majors early in 2020, perhaps as a member of the Opening Day roster.


18. Braden Bishop, CF
HT: 6-1 WT: 195 BATS: R THROWS: R AGE: 26

Bishop had a great start to 2020 in Triple-A but injuries derailed his chance to see big-league pitching and make some adjustments. He looked over-matched in his limited chances.

It remains a 70-grade glove and 60 speed, but Bishop’s ability to hit will dictate his future role, despite the defensive value at a premium position.

He showed at least doubles pop last spring and has improved every year, so despite being 26 already, I have hope he can get to a point where he’s making enough solid contact to hit .260/.320/.400 and justify playing a lot.

He’ll have a shot to win a job this spring, but he’s at least goo enough — today — to be among the 26 that go north with the club come the regular season, especially with the roster down Mitch Haniger for the time being.


17. Jake Fraley, CF
HT: 6-0 WT: 195 BATS: L THROWS: L AGE: 25

Fraley battled a few nagging injuries last summer, too, but he showed he can get to his average pull power, showing a more complete profile than in years past.

He will have to show better versus left-handed pitching, but he can handle hard stuff and is a plus defender himself, albeit with a below-average arm that over the long haul likely limits him to part-time play or a left-field gig.

Like Bishop, Fraley, too, will have a shot to start the year with the big club with Haniger out til May or longer, but there’s a lot of competition and it could down to who makes the most consistent contact in March.


16. Kristian Cardozo, RHS
HT: 6-2 WT: 185 BATS: R THROWS: R AGE: 17

Cardozo became available when the Dodgers had to back out of their agreement to use pool money elsewhere and the Mariners did a great job staying with the right-hander and getting a deal done.

There’s physical projection to dream on but it’s not all wishing well on Cardozo, who was touching 89-90 last spring and the pitch offers movement to his arm side and natural sink late in its path to the plate. He also throws a low-70s curveball and firm changeup that flash some polish.

He’ll spend all of 2020 as a 17-year-old, but is strong and sturdy in his lower half and shows good athleticism. He’s likely bound for the DSL come June.


NO. PLAYER POS AGE BEST TOOL 2020 PROJ
50 Dutch Landis RHP 18 CH Arizona (R)
49 Ryne Inman RHP 24 CB Modesto (A+)
48 Gerson Bautista RHP 25 FB Tacoma (AAA)
47 Tim Elliott RHP 22 SL Modesto (A+)
46 Tyler Driver RHP 19 CB Everett (SS)
45 Elvis Alvardo RHP 21 FB Arizona (R)
44 Donnie Walton UT 26 RUN Tacoma (AAA)
43 Levi Stoudt RHP 22 CH Arizona (R)
42 Tim Lopes UT 25 RUN Seattle
41 Jorge Benitez LHP 21 SL West Virginia (A)
40 Dom Thompson-Williams OF 25 RUN Arkansas (AA)
39 Michael Limoncelli RHP 20 CB Arizona (R)
38 Danny Chang LHP 20 CB Everett (SS)
37 Adam Hill RHP 23 CH Modesto (A+)
36 Ty Adcock RHP 23 FB West Virginia (A)
35 Raymond Kerr LHP 25 FB Arkansas (AA)
34 Juan Querecuto SS 19 FIELD Arizona (R)
33 Jake Haberer RHP 25 FB Arkansas (AA)
32 Ljay Newsome RHP 23 CMD Arkansas (AA)
31 Carter Bins C 21 FIELD West Virginia (A)
30 Brayan Perez LHP 19 CB West Virginia (A)
29 Art Warren RHP 27 FB Seattle
28 Damon Casetta-Stubbs RHP 20 SL West Virginia (A)
27 Sam Delaplane RHP 25 CB Tacoma (AAA)
26 Jonatan Clase CF 17 RUN Arizona (R)
25 George Feliz CF 17 FIELD DSL (R)
24 Wyatt Mills RHP 25 FB Tacoma (AAA)
23 Yohan Ramirez RHP 25 FB Seattle
22 Aaron Fletcher LHP 24 FB Tacoma (AAA)
21 Joey Gerber RHP 23 FB Tacoma (AAA)
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