This is the last installment of our pre-spring training look at who is battling to make the Rainiers opening day roster. When the project began six weeks ago, I made some pithy comment about how the last edition – the relievers – always ends up being just a list of a billion names.
That’s where we are today. Trying to predict who will be in the Triple-A bullpen is a fool’s errand, and I’m not going to try.
The biggest difficulty involves the pitchers who can both start and relieve – and there are always a lot of those. Take Forrest Snow, for example: he could start or relieve, and swing back-and-forth between roles. There are always several pitchers like this – the M’s even brought a few in from outside the organization, like Casey Coleman and Cody Martin.
So, here we go. A long list of pitchers who could end up in the Rainiers bullpen on opening day. The asterisk means he’s a left-hander.
Matt Anderson – posted a 3.90 ERA for Double-A Jackson last year; got promoted to Tacoma for final week of the season.
Jonathan Aro – acquired from Red Sox in Carson Smith trade; had 3.14 ERA for Pawtucket last season.
Charles Brewer – minor league free agent, usually a starter but could end up in a relief role.
Casey Coleman – former Iowa Cubs swing-man signed to a minor league deal.
Ryan Cook – major league reliever coming off rough 2015 season, does have one minor league option year left.
*Paul Fry – top reliever in farm system last year; 113 K’s in 80 IP between Advanced-A Bakersfield and Jackson. Fast mover?
Mayckol Guaipe – would be back for second season in Tacoma, had 2.87 ERA in 47 Rainiers games last year.
Ryne Harper – acquired from Braves in Jose Ramirez trade; has dominated Double-A for three years.
*Danny Hultzen – M’s hoping a move to bullpen will remove some stress from left shoulder.
*Kyle Hunter – three years at Double-A Jackson with a 2.59 ERA and has not yet appeared in a Triple-A game. What gives?
Andrew Kittredge – rubber-armed UW product appeared in 21 games for Tacoma last year, starting two.
Cody Martin – I’m told he’s going to camp as a starter, but he pitched in 21 games from the Atlanta Braves bullpen last year.
*Vidal Nuno – might make Mariners bullpen, might make Rainiers rotation, might make Rainiers bullpen… flip a three-sided coin.
Blake Parker – former Iowa relief ace is in camp on a minor league deal; has been terrific in the PCL when healthy.
Joel Peralta – 39-year-old major league veteran is in camp on a minor league deal, and he’s never been afraid to return to Triple-A and work his way back up.
*David Rollins – last year’s Rule 5 Guy now has three years of minor league options.
*Kraig Sitton – former Oregon State Beaver signed as a minor league free agent; had 2.97 ERA in Double-A for Rockies last year.
Forrest Snow – could start, could relieve, will definitely exchange dance moves with Rhubarb The Reindeer.
Tony Zych – seems like the M’s really want him to make the big league club, but he does have options remaining if he struggles in spring training.
There you go – one line on everyone who might be a Rainiers reliever on April 7th. Well, probably not everyone. I’m sure I missed a few.
- John McGrath has a column on Nate Silver‘s PECOTA system predicting the Mariners will win 84 games… and the defending World Series champions will win 76?
- More Seattle Times spring training previews: the Mariners outfielders and relief pitchers.
- The News Tribune has begun its own series of spring training previews: we have catchers, infielders, and outfielders.
- The Mariners have been allotted roughly $10 million to spend this summer on the draft and international (teenage) free agents, Bob Dutton reports.
- Baseball America took a look at the history of teams that had zero players on their Top 100 Prospects list and how they did in future years. Mariners fans, enter at your own risk.
- We’re on a bus, Mariners fans.
- A kid from Federal Way High School made second team preseason All-American.
Pitchers and catchers report on Friday!