De Los Santos a legit prospect

EVERETT, WA. — There’s only so much evaluation that can be done from afar. Boxscores, texts from scouts and emails from members of the player development staff are extremely helpful, but they’re without the appropriate context. Thus was my case with Enyel De Los Santos. Until Friday night. De Los Santos had the limited yet shiny stat line from his five starts in the rookie Arizona League, including 29 punchouts and five bases on balls in 24 2/3 innings of work. But despite an unimpressive line in his debut in…

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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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Solid day in minors for M’s

It hasn’t been a strong year down on the farm for the Seattle Mariners. As I’m putting the finishing touches on the Mid-Season Prospect Rankings I’m reminded of the season-long struggles of many of the club’s better young talents. Tuesday, however, was one of the solid days of the year in that regard. No, not every top prospect went 4-for-4, hit three homers or lasted seven shutout innings — heck, one of the affiliates didn’t even play (Double-A Jackson) — but there were a number of notable lines — enough…

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All-pitcher posse

The 2015 Major League Baseball amateur draft less than a week away and – without doubt – Seattle Mariners fans will be watching intently to see what the team does with their first pick in the draft, which is number-60 overall in the second round. As of today, most Mariners fans don’t mind that the team’s late start in the draft is due to the fact that Seattle surrendered their first-round pick so that they could sign slugger Nelson Cruz – who had a qualifying offer placed on him by…

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Is Schwarber ready for showtime?

It seems like every other week this season the Chicago Cubs have been able to call up a blue chip hitting prospect that has been shredding minor league pitching. First, it was talented third baseman Kris Bryant who started the year at Triple-A to make a marginal improvement to his defence. Next was middle infielder Addison Russell, acquired in last summer’s Jeff Samardzija blockbuster. Could last year’s first round selection, Kyle Schwarber, be next? Schwarber, selected No. 4 overall in last June’s amateur draft, wasted no time making his impact…

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Future stars late in the draft

The 2015 Major League Baseball amateur draft is less than two months away and the Seattle Mariners will have to wait until the second round to make their first selection with the 60th pick. That’s the latest that the team has drafted since they drafted Matt Tuiasosopo in at the 93rd overall spot in the third round in 2004. The Mariners are getting a late start in the draft because they’ve surrendered their first-round pick as a result from signing a free agent – slugger Nelson Cruz – who had…

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Prospect Rankings: No. 1 — Alex Jackson

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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McClendon goes with a second lefty reliever

After an offseason spent plugging various holes, the Seattle Mariners entered Spring Training with only a few notable position battles: the back of the rotation, the bullpen, and the starting shortstop job. The shortstop delimma took care of itself when Chris Taylor was shelved with fractured wrist. Taijuan Walker locked up the No. 5 spot with a dominant spring. Although nothing is technically official, yet, it looks like the final spot in the bullpen will go to Tyler Olson. At the outset, manager Lloyd McLendon suggested closer Fernando Rodney was…

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