M’s Add PCL Superstar; Games Start Today

This morning the Mariners announced that they have signed PCL superstar Efren Navarro to a minor league contract, immediately inviting him to major league spring training.

PCL fans know Navarro: he’s been the toughest out in the Salt Lake Bees lineup for the past five years. Here are his numbers in the PCL – batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage:

  • 2011: .317/.368/.488 – 36 doubles, 6 triples, 12 HR.
  • 2012: .294/.336/.403 – a down year by his standards
  • 2013: .326/.404/.454 – 39 doubles, 68 walks
  • 2014: .326/.418/.482 – 19 doubles, 43 walks in 72 games
  • 2015: .329/.380/.442 – 24 doubles in 72 games

He’s a career .316 hitter in the PCL, and he does all of this while playing gold glove quality defense at first base.

In recent seasons Navarro has been moved to the outfield because first base in Anaheim is blocked by Albert Pujols. He’s spent about half of each of the last two seasons as a reserve player in the majors.

Navarro is the modern-era Salt Lake franchise leader in almost every offensive category, and someday they’ll honor him at Smith’s Ballpark. In the meantime, maybe we’ll get him in Tacoma this year?

Exhibition games start today! The Mariners face the Padres at 12:10 (Pacific), and it’s radio only on 710 AM – listen as my radio buddies shake off the offseason rust! (Actually, Rizzs is a machine – he’s in midseason form 365 days/year).

Lineups:

Media preview

Hey, don’t we know one of those Padres?

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Enjoy a sort-of real baseball game today!

One Response to M’s Add PCL Superstar; Games Start Today

  1. Mark Bushnell says:

    Mike, This is good news for Rainier fans. I was hoping the connection with Dipoto would bring him here.

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