It’s the Top Prospects Lists time of the offseason, as two of the three outlets I trust put out their Mariners Top Prospects lists this week.
One of them is free for all, and that is John Sickels list for Minor League Ball. Sickels has been researching and publishing these lists for over 20 years, formerly in books and now for free under the SB Nation umbrella. He has his own system of letter grades, which you should not gloss over at the top of the article. His Mariners list is right here.
Established in the early 1980s, Baseball America is the leader in the public distribution of minor league prospect news and rankings. They published their Mariners Top Ten this week, and the remainder of the Top Thirty will come out in book form later this winter.
Baseball America’s rankings are all behind a subscriber paywall. If you are a subscriber, you can find their Mariners Top Ten here, a chat about the farm system here, and a bonus ranking of the top prospects the Mariners have traded away.
The fact that the last list exists is what is so jarring about this new Mariners offseason approach. The article says that in three years under Jerry Dipoto the Mariners have traded away 55 minor league prospects. Now they are trying to acquire them. It’s a dramatic shift in philosophy.
- Tacoma Rainiers outfielder Ian Miller is doing a lot of work this winter. After playing in the Arizona Fall League, Miller has migrated to the Culiacan club in the Mexican Winter League. He’s off to a good start for the Tomato Growers and received a mention in this winter ball round-up.
- Ryan Divish tries to determine what Jerry Dipoto means when he says the Mariners are going to take a “step back” in 2019.
- The internet has been flooded with completely made-up Robinson Cano trades the last few days. Fangraphs has a logic-based article on how to make a Cano trade work.
- With Cano trade rumors ramping up more seriously today, Greg Johns posted a list of the ten biggest trades in Mariners history.
- The Mariners added 21-year-old LHP Ricardo Sanchez, acquiring him from the Atlanta Braves who have a packed 40-man roster and couldn’t squeeze him on there. Sanchez pitched in Double-A this year and is a potential 2019 Tacoma Rainier.
- The Mariners have signed former Round Rock reliever Tayler Scott to a minor league contract. He was pretty solid for the Express last year – here are his career stats. He’s attempting to be the first pitcher from South Africa to reach the majors.
- From Baseball America’s Minor League Transactions we learn that 2018 Tacoma Rainiers third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean and top reliever Tyler Higgins have both signed with the San Diego Padres.
- Good news: former Rainiers outfielder Leonys Martin was medically cleared to resume working out after overcoming a life-threatening bacterial illness.
- It’s Hall of Fame election season, and many voters choose to make their ballots public. The Seattle Times has created an Edgar Martinez vote tracker.