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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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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Top picks Neidert, Moore agree to terms

The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms with their top two draft picks from the 2015 amateur draft, right-handers Nick Neidert and Andrew Moore. Jim Callis of MLB.com reports that Neidert, the No. 60 selection overall, will receive a bonus of $1.2 million — above the slot value of $1.026 million. Chris Cotillo of SBNation reports that Moore, the No. 72 overall pick, will receive a bonus of $800 thousand — under the slot value of $852.8 thousand. Neidert is a right-handed pitcher out of Peachtree High School in Suwanee, Georgia. His…

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