Today Baseball America released its Top 100 Prospects list, and here is where the Mariners prospects fall on the ranking:
- 17 – Mike Zunino
- 18 – Taijuan Walker
- 29 – Danny Hultzen
- 79 – Nick Franklin
- 87 – James Paxton
What’s interesting about this is that we are likely to get three or four of them in Tacoma to start the season – and there seems to be a solid chance that we will have all five of them on the team at some point this season. That’s pretty amazing.
On Twitter, Chris Crawford set the over/under on these players to make the Rainiers opening day roster at 3.5. I’m taking the under, for now: I like the bottom three, with the top two perhaps arriving later in the season.
You can see the entire free version of the Baseball America list right here. The free version is just a list of names, you need to be a BA subscriber to get all of the added content.
- Yesterday Mariners manager Eric Wedge proclaimed that the first base job belongs to Justin Smoak.
- Larry Stone writes about the Mariners back-up catcher situation, and he spoke with potential Rainiers catcher Ronny Paulino.
- Mike Carp is about to get traded. I’m sure he already has his bags packed and is just waiting to find out where to go.
- It may be gone by the time you read this, but I clicked on ESPN’s baseball page today and there was smiling former Rainiers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo looking just the same as he did back in 2006. You might still find the picture under the heading “Reds Camp.”
- Subscribers to Baseball Prospectus can read this fictional account of the Seattle Mariners designated hitters meeting.
- For the collectors, a story on Walter Johnson‘s family selling a few choice items of memorabilia.
Coming tomorrow: Rainiers corner infielders.