I read somewhere that Mariners hitting prospect Vinnie Catricala has been called “Vinnie The Cat.” Not sure if I’m going to go with that on the air – what do you think?
Regardless, Catricala was the subject of a feature story in The News Tribune today, and there are a lot of good nuggets in it – you can read it right here.
The two big things I got out of this story are:
- It seems that the Mariners want to continue looking at him at third base, to a point where he worked on it during the off-season.
- The major league manager is talking about how the ball jumps off his bat.
The first point further muddies the Tacoma third base situation – I have no idea how that’s going to shake out – and the second point is just going to be fun. I’m looking forward to watching this guy hit.
- Congratulations to Larry LaRue, the first reporter to notice the “sartorial splendor” of Forrest Snow. Forrest had no trouble complying with the Tacoma Rainiers road trip dress code, unlike most players called up from Single-A. In this story: Rainiers manager Daren Brown turns up in the media for the first time this spring.
- From Larry Stone, we have more reports on the outstanding condition of Franklin Gutierrez.
- Apparently new infielder Munenori Kawasaki is rather loud – Geoff Baker called him Brendan Ryan’s “cosmic Japanese twin.”
- Speaking of Ryan, it appears he may have some shoulder issues.
- Baker also has a blog post on how the Mariners starting nine is all set.
- Bud Selig says that the international draft is “inevitable.”
- Looking for a quick baseball chuckle? Check out Carl Willis giving his “Sermon On The Mound.”
I’m taking off on a brief preseason vacation, and there will be no blog update on Monday. We’ll be back on Wednesday with a look at the Tacoma starting pitching candidates.