A Different Look At Mariners Prospects

Today Baseball Prospectus released their version of the Mariners Top Ten Prospects, and it looks quite a bit different from the lists put out by other publications such as Baseball America and Fangraphs.

The Baseball Prospectus rankings can only be read by subscribers to their website – if you are a subscriber, here is the link. However, the author granted me permission to list the names, so here’s how they rank ’em.

The Top Ten

  1. RHP Taijuan Walker
  2. Mike Zunino
  3. LHP Danny Hultzen
  4. IF Nick Franklin
  5. LHP James Paxton
  6. RHP Brandon Maurer
  7. LHP Luiz Gohara
  8. RHP Victor Sanchez
  9. LHP Tyler Pike
  10. IF/OF Stefen Romero

The author of this particular list is Jason Parks, who has more of a scout’s eye towards the rankings than many other publications. He is far more interested in a player’s potential upside than simply if he will make it to the majors.

Because of this, he has three teenage pitchers on his list – two of whom do not appear on the Baseball America or Fangraphs top-tens.

Luiz Gohara is a 16-year-old the Mariners signed from Brazil this past summer, and the word in the scouting community is that this kid has serious upside. Sanchez we have spoken of before; he’s the 17-year-old who pitched well for Everett last summer in a league full of 21-year-olds. The other new name is Tyler Pike, an 18-year-old who was the Mariners 2012 3rd round draft pick.

Prospectus has Walker ranked higher than Zunino – the opposite of Baseball America – because Parks and his contacts believe that if both players reach their top-level of performance, Walker will be better. Zunino is a safer bet to reach the majors, but Walker has a better chance for stardom – and that is why he has Walker ranked No. 1.

In the comments at the end of the post, Parks mentions this: “That Tacoma (Triple-A) roster could feature seven prospects from the Top Ten, not to mention a few other players that were in Top 10 consideration. Stacked isn’t a strong enough word.”

So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice!

Today is the last day of business of the 2012 calendar year for the Tacoma Rainiers. Almost all minor league baseball teams close their offices for the week between Christmas and New Years, and the Tacoma Rainiers do this as well. It offers a needed respite for office workers who logged long nights-and-weekends hours during the baseball season.

If you have any Rainiers business needs, the team office will re-open on Wednesday, January 2.

This blog will be quiet during the office closure, but if there is baseball news that requires a blog post, I’ll be on it. Otherwise, we’ll start up again the first week of January, when we will begin to look forward to the 2013 season.


  • In a Seattle Times blog post, Geoff Baker speculates that Michael Saunders will be playing a lot of right field this season.
  • John McGrath of The News Tribune weighed in on the Kendry Morales trade.
  • As we go into the holidays, I present you with the long and twisted baseball career of Santa Claus. Enjoy!

One Response to A Different Look At Mariners Prospects

  1. Mark says:

    Merry Christmas Mike.

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