The Mariners made six more spring training roster moves over the weekend, dropping the number of players in major league camp down to 45. Here are the moves:
Reassigned to Minor League Camp:
- RHP Christian Bergman
- RHP Andrew Moore
- RHP Max Povse
- RHP Ryan Weber
- C Steve Baron
- OF Tyler O’Neill
Three of these players are the organization’s top prospects: O’Neill, Moore, and Povse. None of them had a chance to make the opening day roster, but they received some valuable big league spring training experience. Now they’ll gear up for their minor league seasons.
We expect O’Neill to patrol right field at Cheney Stadium this year. Right now I’m thinking Moore and Povse open the season in the Double-A Arkansas rotation, with chances for mid-season promotions to Tacoma. That’s not based on any inside information or anything – it just looks like the Mariners have more experienced pitchers to place in the Tacoma rotation at the start of the season.
Bergman has pitched in 55 major league games, including 15 starts. He also has a track record of success in the PCL. He’s much more likely to begin the season with the Rainiers.
Weber has been pitching from the bullpen. He has major league experience and he’s another possibility for Tacoma.
Baron finds himself in the swell of upper-level catchers, a group which includes Tuffy Gosewisch, Nevin Ashley, Sebastien Valle, and Marcus Littlewood. We’ll have to wait and see how that all gets sorted out.
Make some plans for the weekend: the Rainiers are hosting their annual Pre-Season Party on Saturday at Cheney Stadium.
It’s an open house, free entry and free parking.
There will be ballpark tours, our concessionaire Ivar’s will have some free food samples, the kid’s play area will be open (note: it’s almost always open), and the Mariners spring training game will be on the video board.
Hours are 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Oh yeah, almost forgot: those of you who are season ticketholders can pick up your tickets at the party.
See you Saturday!
- The M’s have an open date today, so Bob Dutton looked back at the seven questions he asked at the start of spring training, to see where things stand now.
- New Mariners starter Drew Smyly had a blast with Team USA.
- Yovani Gallardo had fun pitching for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic – despite a lot of drama – and now he’s back in Mariners camp.
- It looks like reliever Shae Simmons won’t be ready in time for opening day, Bob Dutton reports.
- ESPN’s Jim Caple has a report on Felix Hernandez.
- Mariners lefty James Paxton pitched in a minor league game on the backfields, working on his offspeed stuff.
- Sumner product Nick Hagadone‘s comeback bid was noticed by MLB.com.
- It appears that Tony Zych is healthy enough to try pitching in games now.
- Outfielder Leonys Martin has not started hitting yet, but at this point the M’s aren’t concerned.
- Cactus League Game Reports: yesterday the Rangers squeaked out a 3-2 win over the M’s… Saturday the Mariners walked their way to a 6-5 win over the Giants… in a split squad on Friday, potential Rainiers catcher/1B Ryan Casteel hit a ninth inning grand slam to beat the Diamondbacks, 9-5, while across the valley Tyler O’Neill hit one of three Mariners homers against Clayton Kershaw in a 5-2 win… and on Thursday, potential Rainiers starter Chase De Jong went four innings in a 9-2 win over the Royals.
- The Times has a story on that guy who plays the bugle at Mariners spring training. You can always hear him in the background when you listen to the games.
- Ex-Rainiers outfielder Adam Jones made an amazing catch to help Team USA reach the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic. Here’s a fun breakdown of the catch, with video.