Today is a big day on the minor league side of the Mariners spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona: it’s the first workout for minor league pitchers and catchers.
The position players report this weekend, and next week they’ll have full squads working out for all four full-season minor league teams, plus several dozen more players who are ticketed for the two short-season league teams (these guys are in for a long stay in Arizona).
If you’ve never been to Mariners spring training before, this is what the scene is like: there is one large stadium that is very similar to a Triple-A ballpark. This is where the major league Mariners play their Cactus League games.
Surrounding this one, nice stadium are about seven other well-maintained baseball fields*. These don’t have fan amenities (other than maybe a single bleacher) but the playing surfaces are nice. These fields are where the Mariners minor leaguers work out, and they’ll see a ton of action once the full minor league squads report this weekend.
Here’s an aerial shot of the Mariners side of the complex. The minor league fields are where I hang out on my annual trip to Peoria (which is coming in less than two weeks!).
We’ll continue looking at Rainiers players in the exhibition games as spring training moves on:
Monday – Arizona 10, Seattle 8
Stefen Romero continued his hot spring by adding two more hits in three at-bats… Boog Powell hit a two-run single… Shawn O’Malley kept it going, reaching base in both of his plate appearances (single, walk)… outfielder Daniel Robertson tripled off top prospect Archie Bradley… I’m not convinced he’ll play for Tacoma, but first baseman Dae-Ho Lee hit a long home run off lefty reliever Matt Reynolds.
There were actually some decent Tacoma relief appearances in the 10-8 game: Mayckol Guaipe tossed 1.2 scoreless innings, and David Rollins worked a shutout frame.
Tuesday – Cleveland 4, Seattle 3
The Mariners had just five hits in this game, and all five were by players who might be Rainiers on April 7th… O’Malley, Robertson, Powell, Tyler Smith, and Ed Lucas had the hits… O’Malley also stole two bases.
Pitching was good, including a strong outing by likely Rainiers starter Joe Wieland. Wieland tossed three innings, allowing one hit and one run… Tony Zych delivered a clean 1-2-3 inning, with a pair of strikeouts.
- The Mariners got edged out by Cleveland on Tuesday, 4-3. On Monday, the Mariners lost to Arizona 10-8 as Wellington Castillo drove in five runs against his if-you-blinked-you-missed-it former team.
- Today was the first day of injury news in Mariners camp. Bob Dutton reports that relievers Evan Scribner and Ryan Cook are likely to start the season on the disabled list, and that Danny Hultzen has had a setback.
- Scott Servais wants his Mariners to make opponents uncomfortable, Larry Stone writes.
- Joel Peralta is making an early push to crack the Mariners bullpen.
- New outfielder Leonys Martin has a terrific arm.
- In the PCL, we have an ownership change in Memphis. I thought that when the St. Louis Cardinals bought the club they were going to keep it forever, but forever turned out to be less than two years.
I have arrived in Las Vegas for my favorite offseason event of the year, the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament. Yet there will still be a new blog post on Friday – probably just a bit later in the day than normal.
* The seven fields are on the Mariners side only – there are probably another seven fields on the Padres side of the complex.