Baseball America released its annual Mariners Top Ten Prospects list today. Here’s what they came up with:
- Alex Jackson, of
- Edwin Diaz, rhp
- Drew Jackson, ss
- Tyler O’Neill, of
- Nick Neidert, rhp
- Luiz Gohara, lhp
- Braden Bishop, of
- Andrew Moore, rhp
- Boog Powell, of
- D.J. Peterson, 1b/3b
This list leans heavily towards youth and the low minor leagues.
Four of the players (Drew Jackson, Neidert, Bishop and Moore) were drafted in 2015 and will be making their full-season debuts in April – likely with Low-A Clinton.
Two more players (Alex Jackson and Gohara) were at short-season Everett last year and are also probably heading to Clinton.
There are three players on the list who we’ll probably see in Tacoma at some point this season – though not necessarily on Opening Day.
Edwin Diaz is the top starting pitcher prospect in the organization, and he pitched well for AA-Jackson last year. He could break camp with Tacoma but he’s only 22-years-old so it wouldn’t be surprising if they decided to keep him back in Double-A for a month or two.
Boog Powell is the one player on this list I feel will certainly start the season in Tacoma – heck, he might be batting leadoff on April 7 (that’s Opening Night, you guys). This will be his first season in the Mariners organization; he was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay.
I touched on D.J. Peterson on Wednesday. I’m curious to see where he is assigned to start the season, it could be Tacoma.
- For Baseball America subscribers, we have the Mariners Top Ten Prospects list with scouting reports, and also a Mariners organizational chat.
- From The News Tribune, Bob Dutton shares his thoughts on the Baseball America prospect list.
- There are reports that the Mariners have signed first baseman Gaby Sanchez to a minor league deal. Keep in mind that the Travis Ishikawa signing is still not confirmed. I’m now taking a wait-and-see approach on both of these.
- BA’s minor league free agent tracker indicates that the Mariners have signed left-handed reliever Kraig Sitton, an Oregon State product who posted a 2.97 ERA in the Double-A Eastern League last year.
- John McGrath comes from the same place I do regarding the designated hitter. He offers a unique suggestion at the end of this column.
- MLB moved the trade deadline to August 1 for this year, because July 31 is a Sunday and the league didn’t want players getting traded in the middle of all of the afternoon games.
- In the PCL, the Albuquerque Isotopes announced that Glenallen Hill is returning as manager.
- We have a column from Las Vegas on the ongoing stadium issue. Stick around for the Danny Tartabull reference.
- A former PCL broadcaster is the new radio voice of the Boston Red Sox.
Have a fun weekend!