The Arizona Fall League is winding down, with just a little more than two weeks left.
One of the main events in the prospect-filled circuit is the annual Fall Stars Game, which is coming up this Saturday and will be televised on the MLB Network at 5.
It’s sort of a prospect all-star game, except performance in the AFL isn’t really a factor in deciding who plays in it.
The Mariners representative is 2013 first round draft pick D.J. Peterson, who is by all accounts a talented young hitting prospect.
But as his first full season of professional baseball stretches towards November, Peterson has seen his batting average in the Arizona Fall League drop down to .191.
I don’t think the Mariners are concerned about Peterson’s AFL batting average. He’s had a very long first full season, and he’s facing the best pitchers at the very end of it. He’s still likely to see Triple-A at some point in 2015, and if he has a good year possibly Seattle as well.
The World Series moves on to Game Six tonight, but baseball was hit with a tragedy over the weekend.
St. Louis Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday.
Taveras was considered one of the most talented hitters in the minor leagues, playing in the PCL for Memphis in 2013 and 2014 before reaching St. Louis this year. He never played against the Rainiers – he was out with an ankle sprain when Memphis visited Cheney Stadium in 2013 – so we never got to see him hit in person.
The news of his death was stunning. It was reminiscent of another way-too-soon death that hit closer to home for us in Tacoma, when Greg Halman was killed. That news rocked the Mariners organization, and surely the Cardinals are feeling the same way right now. We send out condolences to the Taveras family, the Memphis Redbirds, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Just as I was about to “publish” this post, the Toronto Blue Jays announced they have claimed Justin Smoak off waivers. This ends Smoak’s tenure with the Mariners. I’ll have more on Smoak tomorrow.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has more on D.J. Peterson, plus a list of the Mariners who will be free agents after the World Series.
- Ryan Divish has the complete list of Arizona Fall League all-stars.
- Despite his resurgent 2014 season, Chris Young may not fit into the Mariners 2015 plans.
- If you are looking for a whole lot of data, here is a PDF of the team-released Mariners Minor League Season In Review.
- The Atlanta Braves hired Jose Castro as major league Assistant Hitting Coach. Castro was the Rainiers interim manager who won the PCL championship after Daren Brown was promoted to Seattle in August of 2010.
- Former Tacoma Tigers player and Seattle Mariners coach Mike Aldrete was hired as the Oakland A’s bench coach.
- Here is a news story on the death of Oscar Taveras. Rob Neyer wrote about some of the others who passed away when they were on the cusp of major league stardom.
We’ll be back with a new post on Wednesday looking back at Justin Smoak – and hopefully we’ll have a Game Seven tomorrow night.