Word developed late last week (on this very blog, in the comments section) that Rainiers pitcher Andrew Carraway retired from baseball, and Bob Dutton of The News Tribune confirmed it with the Mariners over the weekend.
Carraway, 28, was a steady member of the Tacoma Rainiers starting rotation over the past three seasons. He made a total of 64 starts for Tacoma during that time, going 19-20 with a 5.13 ERA.
He arrived with a statement: in his Triple-A debut on May 11, 2012, Carraway tossed seven innings of one-hit ball against Albuquerque at Cheney Stadium. The following month he pitched a complete-game two-hitter against Fresno.
A finesse-style right-hander, Carraway relied on exceptional command of his pitches in order to have success. On days where he could place the ball exactly where he wanted to, he was very good. But when his command slipped a little bit, hitters got to him.
Carraway has always had things going on outside of the world of baseball. Formerly an elite academic student at the University of Virginia, Carraway spent his off-seasons working for a venture capital firm in Richmond, Virginia. Carraway whittled away the PCL travel days by reading advanced business books on his Kindle – I like to read, too, so I’d ask him what he’s reading and find out he’s plowing through some mammoth tome on the 2008 collapse of the housing bubble.*
We wish Andrew the best with his new career path, whatever it may be. I reached out to him via text and haven’t heard back yet – but if he responds with an update, I’ll let you know.
- The News Tribune reporter Bob Dutton put on his analyst hat and looked at the final four position battles in Mariners spring training.
- Bob Condotta looked at one of those battles, the duel between Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias for fifth starter.
- Dustin Ackley is using his ears to get better in left field. Also in this story, Felix Hernandez reminds us (and all of the Kris Bryant fanatics) “it’s just spring training.”
- Mariners 2014 first round draft pick Alex Jackson hit his first spring training home run in a Cactus League game against Texas on Friday. The game was not televised and there was no video footage… until now. Like the Zapruder film, or the recently unearthed footage of the 1919 World Series, we have some late-emerging documentation. Looks like the 19-year-old prospect went deep off major league reliever Shawn Tolleson.
- On Sunday, James Paxton made his Cactus League debut and was effective if not exactly in midseason form.
- Here’s the news story about the big round of cuts the Mariners had on Friday (I wrote about these on Friday – scroll down for the Tacoma take).
- Catching up on Ryan Divish’s Morning Mariners Musings: today he looks at an apparently improved Mike Zunino, on Sunday he dealt with Rickie Weeks (not really) playing first base, and Saturday‘s edition focuses on the fifth starter battle.
- Friend of the Rainiers Jim Moore predicts that the Mariners will hit 200 home runs. He breaks it down by player and even by radio announcer.
- ESPN’s Buster Olney made his World Series predictions – and he has the Pittsburgh Pirates defeating the Seattle Mariners in the Fall Classic. A quick check shows that the planet is still spinning on its proper axis, so I dunno.
- Ex-Rainiers star Michael Pineda is throwing so well in Yankees camp that “scouts are drooling.”
- One ex-Rainiers fortune is another ex-Rainiers folly. Asdrubal Cabrera beat out Nick Franklin for the starting shortstop job in Tampa – though Franklin still has a good chance to win at least a share of the second base job.
- In Texas Rangers camp, Carlos Peguero is having his typical great spring and the team is trying to figure out what to make of it.
- Chris Young – who was the Mariners starting rotation surprise last year – is working out of the bullpen for Kansas City.
- Great article by former major leaguer CJ Nitkowski on the anxiety of spring training cut days. It includes tips on how to get cut.
- In the PCL, Colorado Springs (now a Brewers affiliate) will have two former first round picks on the roster.
- Weird things happen in spring training, like Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer allowing four triples in one inning. That’s a radio guy dream right there. Four triples in one inning!
- Great story from Jorge Arangure on the autograph-collecting kid from the suburbs who ended up working for Vladimir Guerrero‘s baseball academy in the Dominican Republic.
I’m off to Arizona for spring training on Tuesday morning. Our blog-posting schedule will be daily but erratic – I’m going to have daily updates on what I see down there, and I’ll be getting those posts up whenever time permits.
* Call me crazy, but I did not dive into any of Andrew’s reading recommendations.