Today the Mariners made another roster move involving players who are likely to be in Tacoma next season, and we also had the first reputable Mariners Top Ten Prospects list come out.
First the roster move:
Seattle claimed RHP A.J. Schugel off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks, adding him to the 40-man roster. To make room, they designated LHP Tyler Olson for assignment.
Schugel is a starting pitcher who has worked in the PCL for both Salt Lake and Reno. He has really struggled at the Triple-A level, allowing 119 runs in 127.1 innings. Yikes. However: he pitched extremely well at Double-A last year, even earning a September call-up to Arizona where he pitched (as a reliever) in his first five major league games.
Olson is the Gonzaga product who had a terrific spring training last year, earning a spot on the Mariners opening day roster. He was optioned to Tacoma in May and spent the rest of the season with the Rainiers, working as both a starter and a reliever. He went 3-5, 4.47 for the Rainiers. We’ll have to wait and see if he gets through waivers.
Baseball Prospectus released its Seattle Mariners Top Ten Prospects List, which also serves as a review of the farm system. It’s the first link below, and it’s pretty depressing stuff.
No doubt about it, 2015 was not a good year for the Mariners farm system – surely one of the reasons for the regime change in the organization. Poor seasons by previously hyped hitting prospects were the biggest issues.
There are three players on the list who we’ll probably see in Tacoma in 2016: outfielder Boog Powell, first baseman D.J. Peterson, and starting pitcher Edwin Diaz.
Several outlets produce organizational top prospects lists. I’ll always link to the bigger ones here on the blog, but keep in mind that these are for entertainment purposes only. Even the most successful lists have far more misses than hits.
- Baseball Prospectus’s post with full write-ups on the Mariners farm system is right here.
- Bob Dutton has a post reacting to the BP prospect list.
- Fangraphs reviewed the Mariners offseason (so far).
- First baseman Andy Wilkins was briefly a member of the Mariners 40-man roster, but he got claimed off waivers by Texas. So apparently he won’t be playing in Tacoma next year after all.
- In the PCL, Sacramento announced a new manager in former infielder Jose Alguacil. Our old pal Dwight Bernard returns as pitching coach.