Developments in Mariners’ system

Several Seattle Mariners prospects began 2016 with questions to answer. Some have provided answers. The Seattle Mariners system began the season as one of the more shallow collections of talent in Major League Baseball. That remains true, but we’re no longer staring at a nearly-dry well, and the club has probably climbed its way out of the bottom three or four in the league, and it’s not solely due to the selection of Kyle Lewis in June’s draft. What’s been showing up on the field in 2016 suggests McKay’s approach…

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M’s Mid-Season Report: Down on the Farm

“When the unexpected becomes the expected, strange becomes familiar.” — Jason A. Churchill | May 20, 2016 While the parent club stabilizes a bit after a tough three-plus weeks, perhaps the most important happenings in the entire Seattle Mariners organization is the revival occurring down on the farm. Or should I say, revivals. Down on the Farm Forget the fact that each of the affiliates have won more games than they have lost this season — with Triple-A Tacoma, Double-A Jackson and Class-A Clinton among the better teams in their…

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M’s Mid-Season Top 20 Prospects

The Seattle Mariners’ farm system is among the organization’s weak spots, thanks to a ton of graduations, a trade or two and mostly a failure that may lie at the feet of the player development plans of the previous regime. Things may be turning around, however, and there are a few new talents poking their heads through the sand. The club’s strength and depth down on the farm lies in the outfield and on the mound, with names such as Tyler O’Neill, Kyle Lewis, Alex Jackson and Nick Neidert leading…

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Mariners Short-Season Musings

The short-season schedule gets under way Friday. Which talents may be of most interest? While the rosters, at ‘press time’, have yet to be made official, the two short-season affiliates of the Seattle Mariners get started soon. The Everett AquaSox begin their season at Tri-City and open at home next Thursday versus Boise (Cubs). The rookie-league Arizona Mariners begin their season Monday. The Everett roster will consist of several 2016 draftees, including first-round pick Kyle Lewis and likely a number of others such as right-hander Brandon Miller, a sixth-round pick,…

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Churchill: M’s Top 25 Prospects

It’s the 10th annual Prospect Insider Seattle Mariners prospect rankings. A few things you should know before continuing: Ceiling/potential value is only part of the equation. Probability, among other things, also is a significant factor. The player’s likely future role can dictate his value as much as his chances to get to the majors or his upside. While I do not crawl into each organization’s farm systems with a microscope, I did have numerous conversations about where the weakest Mariners system in some time fits in baseball right now. Keith…

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2015 M’s Mid-Season Prospect Rankings

As it was at the start of the season, the Seattle Mariners’ farm system is thin. Yes, there is talent. Most of it lies in a crude state in the lower minors. Of those that have graduated to the upper levels, many have struggled, been traded since or hold a status somewhere south of elite. The Mariners have a group of young talent on the 25-man roster that otherwise might create a much deeper, stronger crop down on the farm, including the likes of Mike Zunino and Taijuan Walker, suggesting…

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Everett AquaSox to watch

The Everett AquaSox, the short-season Class-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, begin their season Thursday night at Everett Memorial Stadium, or as I like to call it, Pat Dillon’s Megaphone. The club’s roster has been set for a few days. Here’s what I’m interested in with this group, plus what you can look for should you attend games, follow them online or listen to Dillon call the games on radio. The obvious names on the roster are Alex Jackson and Luiz Gohara. Jackson was the Mariners’ top pick a year…

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Prospect Rankings: 6-10

The Seattle Mariners’ farm system has taken a hit the last couple of years with the graduations of the likes of Mike Zunino, James Paxton, Taijuan Walker, Brad Miller and Chris Taylor, among others. Still, the organization boasts a solid collection of talent, despite the lack of pitching in the high minors. The club has taken advantage of the strengths in the draft classes the past three years, adding right-handed hitting outfielders with power and more depth in the middle-infield. Seattle also has done fairly well internationally, even with the…

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