Despite the fact that the Tacoma Rainiers social media recently posted this photograph, there will be no Snow on the field at Cheney Stadium in 2017.
Longtime Rainiers pitcher Forrest Snow finally became a free agent after the 2016 season, and on Monday the Milwaukee Brewers announced they had signed him to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Snow was a Mariners fan as a kid, he grew up in Seattle, attended the University of Washington, and was drafted by the Mariners. Unfortunately he did not reach the big leagues with Seattle, which would have been a dream come true for him.
He’ll get new opportunities and a fresh start with the Brewers organization. Snow will also still be in the PCL when playing Triple-A ball: the Brewers are affiliated with Colorado Springs. However, the Sky Sox do not visit Tacoma in 2017.
We wish Forrest the best. He’s always an interesting guy to talk to, and he is an upbeat personality. Hopefully he’ll reach the big leagues with the Brewers.
Some additional moves involving recent and future Rainiers:
Pitcher Zach Lee was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres. Lee was acquired from the Dodgers in a mid-season trade last year, for infielder Chris Taylor. Lee really struggled with Tacoma, and was removed from the Mariners 40-man roster on December 3. We’ll see if he can get his career back on track with the Padres.
Ex-Rainiers relief pitcher Logan Bawcom is also going to the Padres. He had the best year of his career in 2016 with Oklahoma City, but he’s still looking for his first major league call-up. Bawcom signed a minor league contract, but the Padres are a land of opportunity for pitchers right now.
Offseason acquisition Dean Kiekhefer recently cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Tacoma roster. The Rainiers seamstress can start working on that jersey nameplate today. The lefty will work out of Tacoma’s bullpen.
- A small item on Zach Lee getting claimed by the Padres.
- Here’s the story from The News Tribune on Dean Kiekhefer clearing waivers, and Class-A lefty Tyler Pike getting sent to Atlanta as a player to be named later.
- John McGrath thinks the Mariners would be a good landing spot for Japanese superstar Shohei Otani after the 2017 season.
- Former Rainiers reliever Anthony Varvaro has joined the New York Port Authority as a police officer.