Mariners Raid Indy Leagues To Fill Rosters

With so many players on the major league disabled list, the Mariners have relied heavily on Triple-A call-ups to help the major league team.

This, in turn, has caused holes on the Tacoma Rainiers roster. Holes that need to be filled.

The Mariners have responded by singing players out if the independent Atlantic League, and making a few lower-level trades and a waiver claim.

The team has signed infielder Danny Muno and pitchers Tyler Cloyd and Justin De Fratus out of the Atlantic League. Each has major league experience.

Muno and Cloyd are joining the Rainiers (Muno reported last night), while De Fratus is heading to Double-A Arkansas for the time being.

Recent waiver claim Casey Lawrence is also expected to join the Rainiers any day now. The right-handed pitcher made his major league debut earlier this season with Toronto.

This is the direction the M’s front office decided to go. The alternative was to do a wave of promotions throughout the organization – certainly involving some players being promoted before they were ready for it.

We’ve already seen one of these types of acquisitions pay big dividends for the Rainiers: third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean, acquired from the Cincinnati’s Triple-A Louisville affiliate in a minor league trade for cash considerations, has made an instant impact for Tacoma by batting .379 and playing solid defense in his first eight games.

Cloyd could help. He’s made 70 career Triple-A starts – all in the International League – with a lifetime mark of 28-19, 3.49 at this level. He spent 2015 in the Korean League, came back to the IL last year but was limited due to injury, and was making his return with the Somerset Patriots before the M’s signed him.


Yesterday: The Rainiers pounded three homers, piling up eight runs and ten hits in a five inning, rain-shortened 8-2 win over Round Rock. Seth Mejias-Brean broke it open with a three-run line drive homer to left in the fourth inning. Steven Baron was 3-for-3 with a single, double, and homer.

Today: Round Rock (14-20) at Tacoma (21-11), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Round Rock.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 1-0.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Tyler Wagner (0-3, 8.16) at RHP Rob Whalen (0-0, 4.50).

Hot Rainiers: D.J. Peterson has hit safely in four straight games… Dario Pizzano is 6-for-15 with three doubles and a homer during a four-game hitting streak, and he’s 9-for-27 over his last eight games… Seth Mejias-Brean has hit safely in seven of his first eight games for Tacoma, with four multiple-hit games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base in 22 straight PCL games.

Look Out For: 21-year-old first baseman Ronald Guzman is considered the top prospect on the club; he’s hit safely in seven of his last eight games… PCL slugger Jared Hoying is a notorious streak hitter; he homered five times during an eight-game stretch at the end of April but has not gone deep since 4/30… long considered a top prospect before a series of injuries waylaid his career, Jurickson Profar hit his first homer of the season last night.

Local Guys and Ex-Rainiers: Travis Snider was a first round draft pick in 2006 out of Jackson high School in Mill Creek… Josh Wilson played for Tacoma briefly in both 2009 and 2010… the Express coaching staff includes former Mariners third baseman Jim Presley as hitting coach, and ex-Mariners lefty Greg Hibbard as pitching coach.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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.


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