Baseball Prospectus released its Mariners Top 10 Prospects list today, and this is one I annually look at. They always have some in-depth analysis of the players, and many of their writers go on to work for major league teams.
The article – which requires a subscription – includes an essay which could be summarized like this: the Mariners farm system improved a lot in 2016, but it still has a long way to go to become one of the better systems in the sport. That being said, it does mention that the talent added in this year’s draft gave the system a big boost.
I can’t copy all of the player reports here, but this was their player ranking:
- RF Tyler O’Neill
- OF Kyle Lewis
- LHP Luiz Gohara
- RHP Max Povse
- RHP Andrew Moore
- RHP Nick Neidert
- 1B/DH Dan Vogelbach
- OF Mitch Haniger
- OF Brayan Hernandez
- SS Drew Jackson
Compare that to Baseball America’s list, which came out last month:
- 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
The difference in the top spot comes from Baseball Prospectus being much more concerned about the knee injury and subsequent surgery Lewis required, which could cost him some speed.
Prospectus also likes new acquisition Max Povse better, ranking him four spots higher.
Each list contains one player we know we’ll see in Tacoma this year – Tyler O’Neill – and two pitchers we hope to see in Povse and Andrew Moore.
Each list also includes two players we hope to *not* see in Tacoma: Dan Vogelbach and Mitch Haniger. Hopefully both will hit enough in Seattle to stay there.
There is one more forthcoming Mariners prospect list which I always read, from longtime analyst John Sickels. We’ll post that one when it gets published.
- As the Mariners continue to look for a starting pitcher, Bob Dutton floats the name of Tampa’s Drew Smyly as a possible trade target.
- From Baseball America’s Minor League Transactions we learn that 2016 Rainiers catcher Rob Brantly signed with the Cincinnati Reds.
- Richie Shaffer, we hardly knew you. The third baseman acquired in a trade from Tampa was claimed off waivers by the Phillies. Poor guy never got to put on a Mariners uniform.
- The Seattle Times has an article on Mariners Double-A catcher Tyler Marlette, who just had a bounce-back season in the farm system.
- Filling those cold winter months, the folks at MiLB.com compiled a list of Mariners Organizational All-Stars in which the selected one Mariners minor leaguer at each position.