An executive decision has been made, and we are postponing our 2020 Tacoma Rainiers positional previews by one week. We’ll start next week, with the catchers.
The Mariners are hosting their annual Pre-Spring Training Media Event next week, and usually we learn about some new Triple-A signings at that event. It’s better to hold off on the positional previews until we get more information.
Spring training is coming, but Minor League camp opens late this year, due to the unusual two-week gap between MLB opening day (March 26), and MiLB opening day (April 9). The first full squad minor league workout day is March 15.
Seattle did make a little news impacting the Rainiers.
The Mariners claimed utilityman Sam Haggerty off waivers from the New York Mets. Haggerty, 25, spent most of last season with Double-A Binghamton. However, he got some time in Syracuse, and then was a September call-up to the Mets. He’s a fast guy who steals bases and plays both infield and outfield. Haggerty appears likely to break camp with the Rainiers – you can see his career stats here.
The Mariners also announced the athletic training staffs and performance coaches throughout the organization. There were no surprises in Tacoma – in fact, we have the exact same crew we had in 2019. Welcome back trainers Tom Newberg and Josh DiLoreto, and performance specialist Derek Mendoza.
Baseball America released its Mariners Top Ten Prospects package today. BA has become rather ferocious with its paywall, so the only free page is the projected 2023 Mariners lineup. If you are a subscriber, you can access the rest of the content from that page.
Here’s how they ranked them:
1) Julio Rodriguez
2) Jarred Kelenic
3) Evan White
4) Logan Gilbert
5) George Kirby
6) Noelvi Marte
7) Justus Sheffield
8) Justin Dunn
9) Brandon Williamson
10) Kyle Lewis
- Seattle settled with all of its salary arbitration eligible players, so everyone on the 40-man roster is signed for 2020.
- The Mariners hired a new major league head trainer, Kyle Torgerson.
- Evan White – who may or may not ever walk in to Cheney Stadium (more on that coming soon) – did a Q&A for MLB.com.
- Congratulations to Mariners TV announcer Dave Sims, who won the state of Washington Sportscaster of the Year award for the second year in a row.
- MLB handed out its punishments for the Houston Astros sign stealing in 2017: the loss of their next two 1st and 2nd-round draft picks, one-year bans for GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch, and the maximum allowed fine of $5 million. The Astros went a step further and canned both Luhnow and Hinch. Former Astros coach and Red Sox manager Alex Cora was let go by Boston for his role in the Astros scheme, while his 2018 Red Sox team is still under investigation. The entire document written by commissioner Rob Manfred is interesting.
- In the PCL, defending champion Sacramento will return manager Dave Brundage.
- Iowa welcomes back Marty Pevey as manager, and he has a new pitching coach: former Rainiers and Mariners lefty Ron Villone.
- Omaha announced its coaching staff, with Brian Poldberg returning for his seventh season as manager. He has some new coaches.
- This is fun: which minor league team has the oldest name? My instant guess was close, but not right – No. 6 on the list. If I had thought about it a bit more I think I would have settled on No. 2. Don’t click on this until you have made a guess!