Tacoma manager Pat Listach pulled starting shortstop Chris Taylor from the game early yesterday, and we knew something was up.
It turns out that the Mariners were trading Taylor to the Los Angeles Dodgers for starting pitcher Zach Lee. The move addresses the Mariners pitching depth.
With Shawn O’Malley as the current Mariners utility man, and Luis Sardinas currently with Tacoma, Taylor was lower on the depth chart. On top of that, Taylor’s brief stint with Seattle this year did not endear him to the Mariners new management – it was one bad inning on defense, but it had a lasting impact.
Taylor always hit well in Tacoma, and this year is no exception. He’s been an on-base machine for the Rainiers, posting a .387 on-base percentage . Taylor also has been a great run producer, batting .414 with runners in scoring position this season.
No question, the Rainiers are going to miss his bat.
Lee should jump right into the Tacoma starting rotation later this week.
A big-time quarterback recruit out of high school, the Dodgers drafted Lee and paid him a huge signing bonus to pry him away from becoming the QB for Louisiana State University.
Lee has been pretty good in Triple-A – heck, last year he was great, going 11-6, 2.70 in 19 starts for Oklahoma City.
This year Lee’s numbers have tailed off. He’s 7-5, 4.89 in 13 starts for Oklahoma City. In 73.2 innings, he has struck out 57 and walked 15, but allowed 95 hits.
He’s made one major league start for the Dodgers, and it was a rough 15-2 loss to the Mets last July.
Yesterday: One day after issuing ten walks in an ugly 4-3 loss, Tacoma pitchers delivered a dozen shutout innings while walking only one batter in a 1-0 win against Fresno on Sunday. Donn Roach started and went eight scoreless innings, with Blake Parker, David Rollins, and Casey Coleman finishing up the combined seven-hitter.
Roster Move: Chris Taylor was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for starting pitcher Zach Lee. Lee is expected to join the team this week in Sacramento. Zach Shank has been promoted from Double-A Jackson; he hit very well during his last stint with Tacoma. Yesterday Tacoma added David Rollins and Steve Johnson to the bullpen.
Today: Fresno (31-37-1) at Tacoma (39-30-1), 6:05.
Opponent Affiliation: Houston Astros.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-3.
Starting Pitchers: LHP Tommy Shirley (4-4, 5.46) at RHP Cody Martin (5-4, 5.27).
Hot Rainiers: Chris Taylor reached base with a hit or a walk in 19 straight games, and in 58 of his 63 games this season… Mike Zunino is warming up again: he’s 6-for-15 during his last four games… Daniel Robertson went 4-for-5 yesterday and is 8-for-14 over his last three games.
Look Out For: Top prospect A.J. Reed is 5-for-15 with a homer during this series… catcher Tyler Heineman is 9-for-20 during a six-game hitting streak… the Astros optioned first baseman Tyler White to Fresno.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 5:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- Here’s the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune.
- We have a news story on the Chris Taylor trade, and Baseball America has a “Trade Central” post.
- At USS Mariner, marc w has billed it as a “classic change-of-scenery trade.”
- The Mariners lost on Sunday to the Red Sox, and Taijuan Walker had to leave early again with a foot problem. They could have 3/5ths of the starting rotation on the disabled list.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook informs us that there is going to be a shift in the bullpen roles.
- Jonah Keri has a section on the Mariners in his weekly column The 30.
PCL Game Recaps:
- Reno remained one game behind Tacoma by beating Albuquerque, 6-2. Jeff Hoffman struck out 11 over seven innings, but the Isotopes bullpen didn’t do him or the Rainiers any favors. Reno is 8-3 on a 12-game road trip which ends today.
- Las Vegas starter Sean Gilmartin still has a hot hand – he shut down Salt Lake yesterday, 8-1.
- Sacramento had a “second inning debacle” in a 7-1 home loss to El Paso. The Rainiers visit Sacramento tomorrow.
- Round Rock’s Doug Bernier homered in both games of a doubleheader sweep at Nashville.
- Memphis edged Iowa, 4-3, as Randall Grichuk hit a three-run homer.
- In just two months, Willy Peralta went from Milwaukee Brewers opening day starting pitcher to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Yikes. The Sky Sox got hammered by Omaha, 11-3.
- Oklahoma City’s Brock Stewart shut down New Orleans, 5-2.
This is our last home game for a while – Tacoma starts an eight-game road trip on Tuesday.