Baseball America released its annual list of Seattle Mariners Top Ten Prospects today. Here’s how it looks:
- Kyle Lewis, OF
- Tyler O’Neill, OF
- Luiz Gohara, LHP
- Nick Neidert, RHP
- Mitch Haniger, OF
- Andrew Moore, RHP
- Drew Jackson, SS
- Max Povse, RHP
- Dan Altavilla, RHP
- Dan Vogelbach, 1B
This list required some late adjustments due to recent trades – including one made just yesterday which netted the No.8 prospect.
The Mariners sent 2014 first round draft pick Alex Jackson to the Atlanta Braves for two advanced pitching prospects: RHP Rob Whalen, who reached the majors for five starts for Atlanta last year, and RHP Max Povse (pronounced “posey” according to Southern League broadcasters).
Jackson had been disappointing (that’s an understatement) since the 2014 draft, when he was heralded as the top high school hitter in the country. Both Whalen and Povse could contribute in the majors in 2017.
Several members of the above list could end up in Tacoma uniforms next year.
I expect Tyler O’Neill and Andrew Moore to be opening day Rainiers, and we can get the team seamstress to work on those jersey nameplates right now.
Mitch Haniger, Dan Altavilla, and Dan Vogelbach will all be Rainiers if they don’t make the Mariners opening day roster. At this point in the offseason it appears that all three have a good chance to make the big club – but it’s still early.
The two new pitchers, Povse and Whalen, could be Rainiers on April 6 as well.
Here’s the total Baseball America Mariners Top-10 package. Player scouting reports are behind a subscriber paywall, but there are also some free elements – such as a season summary with a farm system “Best Tools” chart.
- The trade with the Braves brings the Mariners added pitching depth, according the general manager Jerry Dipoto.
- In his analysis for ESPN.com, Keith Law suggests that the Mariners made the trade because they doubt that Jackson is going to be able to make the adjustments needed to develop into a major leaguer.
- The Mariners are showing interest in free agent pitcher Doug Fister, Bob Dutton reports. It would be a return to the organization for Fister, who pitched for Tacoma in 2009 and 2010.
- Baseball America’s look at the trade with the Braves has scouting reports on the two pitchers – and compared one of them to Fister.
- Prospect analyst John Sickels looks at the trade.
- These trades are making marc w at USS Mariner work.
- John McGrath weighed in on the Taijuan Walker – Jean Segura trade. He doesn’t like it.
- Former Rainiers outfielder Eric Thames, who went on to become a superstar in Korea, has signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. This will be an interesting story to follow next season – in fact, Grant Brisbee wrote a very fun column on exactly how fun the story is.
- It’s that time of year again – you can fill out your interactive Hall Of Fame ballot. This is always fun.
- The Mariners are making their annual push for Edgar Martinez to receive Hall of Fame votes. (I think he should be in). His percentage of votes should increase this year. If you do the interactive ballot above, you can see that there is room for an Edgar vote even if you vote for a lot of the so-called “steroid guys.”