Let’s catch up on the Mariners last round or roster moves, along with a bevy of links.
Optioned to Triple-A Tacoma (3):
Outfielder (1): Braden Bishop
Left-Handed Pitcher (1): Nick Margevicius
Right-Handed Pitcher (1): Art Warren
Optioned to AA Arkansas (1):
Outfielder (1): Jose Siri
Re-Assigned to Minor League Camp (6):
Outfielders (2): Rymer Liriano, Julio Rodríguez
Catchers (2): Joseph Odom, Joe Hudson
Left-Handed Pitchers (2): Manny Bañuelos, Ian McKinney
These moves leave 52 players in Major League camp.
The surprise here is the early option of outfielder Braden Bishop, who figured to have a strong chance to make the club as a reserve outfielder. Tim Lopes’ chances of making the squad improved a lot today.
It was unexpected to see Jose Siri optioned to Double-A instead of Tacoma, but we swiftly found out why: he had been placed on waivers, and today he was claimed by the San Francisco Giants. Siri, we hardly knew ye.
The M’s now have a spot on the 40-man roster to play with, in case a non-roster player makes the M’s opening day squad or they want to claim a player off waivers from another organization.
- The Seattle Times has a look at the Mariners outfielders – current and future.
- The News Tribune has a Mariners opening day roster projection.
- The Mariners and MLB are starting to consider options if the spread of the coronavirus makes large public gatherings such as the opening homestand unreasonable. As for Minor League Baseball, the season starts two weeks later than the majors so there is more time to make smart decisions.
- The TNT has a recap of the last week’s events at Mariners camp.
- Justus Sheffield is working on a new pitch, a two-seam fastball. The story includes a good explanation of the difference between the 2- and 4-seam fastballs, and spin rates.
- Also in the starting rotation, Taijuan Walker looked pretty sharp yesterday against the Brewers.
- From the notes here, looks like potential Rainiers infielder/outfielder Sam Haggerty has an elbow problem.
- Game reports: Yesterday potential Rainiers starter Justin Dunn pitched well, but the Mariners lost to the Brewers… Sunday saw Gerson Bautista continue his strong month, but the M’s lost to the Giants 8-4… potential Rainiers reliever Zac Grotz pitched two scoreless innings during an 8-4 loss to the A’s on Saturday… and on Friday Kyle Lewis hit a grand slam in a 9-3 win over the Dodgers.
- In the PCL, the new ballpark in Wichita will be called… Riverfront Stadium. The old ballpark in Cincinnati had the same name – it was demolished in 2002. Construction of the new Wichita ballpark is ahead of schedule and on budget.
- Looks like the Washington Nationals are going to stash their major league depth players at Double-A Harrisburg instead of Triple-A Fresno for geographic reasons. Makes sense for them, but is not good for Fresno or the PCL as a whole.