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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O’Neill exploding into potential star

In March of 2013 I was doing what I usually do in Arizona: spending the first several hours of every day on the back fields watching top prospects. From the 98 mph heater of Reds’ right-hander Robert Stephenson to the young arms in the Padres’ system, including Zach Eflin, Robbie Erlin, Max Fried and Matt Wisler, and so on. One day in the middle of the month, Canada’s Langley Blaze, a travel team from British Columbia, were in town taking on one of the lower-level clubs from those Padres. On…

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M’s Prospect Monthly: O’Neill, Moore, Herb stand out

The Seattle Mariners began the season the owners of one of the thinnest farm systems in baseball. The only depth in the organization resides on the mound and all but one of the upside plays there began the season above Advanced-A ball and three of them didn’t start the year assigned to a full-season affiliate. Player development, the biggest factor in the sinking of the farm system under Jack Zduriencik — a system once ranked among the Top 10, only to fade fast thanks to rush jobs and poor planning…

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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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Joey Gallo set for MLB debut

It may only be for a cup of coffee, but the Texas Rangers have announced that top prospect Joey Gallo will be called-up and make his major league debut on Tuesday. Former Seattle Mariner, Adrian Beltre, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb injury, making way for the third baseman. The club stressed that Gallo’s appearance in the big leagues will be temporary, though has the power to change that. Gallo, 21, was drafted in the supplemental first round, No. 39 overall, in the 2012 amateur draft.…

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Can Pederson sustain success?

We’re still not even a month’s worth of games into the season, meaning a glance at Major League Baseball’s leaderboards will yield names such as Jake Marisnick, Adrian Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz and Joc Pederson. Neither Marisnick nor Gonzalez will maintain a wRC+ north of 200 throughout the season, probably. Cruz lead all of baseball and home runs last year and has yet to cool off after a scorching April. And Pederson? Well, the super-prospect is pretty much doing everything. Pederson, an eleventh-round pick in the 2010 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers,…

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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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Prospect Rankings: No. 2 — D.J. Peterson

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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