The draft immediately impacts each club’s farm system and represents an opportunity for organizations to gain ground on their competitors across Major League Baseball.
The Seattle Mariners began 2016 with one of the worst five farm systems in the game. They may fare a bit better today thanks to some performances of Top 25 talents, but the acquisitions in the draft may make the biggest difference.
Here are my Top 10 Mariners Prospects including the draft picks. One note: Players currently in the major leagues do not qualify. This means Edwin Diaz, despite having not exhausted his prospect status, will not be included after chiming in at No. 3 to start the season. The Mid-Season Prospect Update will consist of a Top 30 and scouting notes. Coming next month. Click on player’s name for previous reports.
|Post-Draft Top 10 Prospects|
|1||Tyler O’Neill||RF||Best talent in system. Steady progress. Work ethic off charts.|
|2||Kyle Lewis||OF||If he stays in CF, may be all-star. If not, hit tool under fire.|
|3||Alex Jackson||RF||Too much swing & miss early. Starting to hit. Ceiling still high.|
|4||Drew Jackson||SS||Swing holds him back at plate, but sound SS with plus speed.|
|5||Boog Powell||CF||Too selective at times. Enough glove for CF. Lacks power.|
|6||Braden Bishop||CF||Best defensive OF in system. Progressed at plate. Gap power.|
|7||Andrew Moore||RHP||Plus command of average FB. Average CB flashes, 55 CH.|
|8||Joe Rizzo||3B||Stick him in LF, let him hit his way to the MLB. Melky Cabrera?|
|9||D.J. Peterson||1B||Mechanical fixes helping of late. Still collapses back side.|
|10||Chris Torres||SS||Switch hitter with tools, advanced skills. Star of summer?|
Rising: Torres; Hernandez; Andrade; Emilio Pagan, RHP; Tim Lopes, 2B; Jio Orozco, RHP; Carlos Vargas, SS; Zack Littell, RHP; Moore; Joe DeCarlo, 3B; Tyler Herb, RHP; Guillermo Heredia, CF; Steve Baron, C; Marcus Littlewood, C.
Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio prior to joining HERO Sports in July, 2016.
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