The Mariners had another round of spring training roster moves today, and they help shed some light on what the Tacoma opening day roster is going to look like.
Here are the moves:
Optioned to AAA TACOMA (6):
Left-handed Pitchers (1): Lucas Luetge
Catchers (1): John Hicks
Infielders (2): Ketel Marte, Jesus Montero
Outfielders (2): James Jones, Stefen Romero
Re-Assigned to Minor League Camp (5):
Right-handed Pitcher (1): Justin Germano
Left-Handed Pitchers (1): Rafael Perez
Infielder (2): D.J. Peterson, Patrick Kivlehan
Outfielder (1): Franklin Gutierrez
The moves leave 39 players still in big league camp for Seattle.
There are some surprises here. We expected Hicks, Marte, Montero and the two prospects to get sent to minor league camp around now. But I figured Romero, Jones and especially Luetge would stay in big league camp until the end of the month.
We can now write in Romero and Jones as starting outfielders for the Rainiers. Peterson will play first and third, with Montero also getting reps at first and DH. Kivlehan will probably move between third, first, and left field. Hicks is the catcher.
Luetge is now going to have to hope for a midseason call-up. Maybe he’ll go back-and-forth between Triple-A and Seattle, like he did last year. The remaining left-handed relievers in big league camp shooting for a roster spot are David Rollins, Tyler Olson, and Joe Saunders.
I’m curious to see what role Rafael Perez has if he pitches for Tacoma. His MLB experience is as a left-handed set-up guy, but his career resurrection last year came as a result of working as a starting pitcher. I’ll try to see find out what the plan is for him when I get to Arizona next week.
What about Franklin Gutierrez? He sat out all of last year to get healthy, and now he isn’t playing in spring training games due to a groin problem. From the outside, it’s hard to speculate how committed the Mariners are to giving him a chance on a crowded Triple-A roster.
Over at Cheney Stadium, we are very proud of our creative team led by Tony Canepa and Ben Spradling. The duo helped the Rainiers win seven “Addy” awards from the Seattle chapter of the American Advertising Federation, beating out several large advertising agencies.
The big winner was the season ticket renewal piece, which was designed as a classic children’s book.
Congratulations to Tony, Ben, and everyone who assisted them. Don’t let it get to your heads, though – we’re still gonna have tarps to pull next month.
- The News Tribune has a business story on the success of the Rainiers creative marketing.
- For Shawn O’Malley, the opportunity to sign with the Mariners may have come from above.
- The M’s plan to bat Seth Smith second in the lineup against right-handed pitchers.
- Bob Dutton wrote about Justin Ruggiano and the Mariners outfield situation.
- Ryan Divish’s Mariners Morning Musings from today look at the roster moves. On Thursday the Mariners played a night game, so Divish kept his morning musings to himself – which is probably for the best.
- The Mariners hope to be better hitters against fastballs, Ken Rosenthal writes.
- Respect an opponent: Arizona pitcher Chase Anderson has faced the Rainiers many times while with Reno. It will probably get a little dusty wherever you are when you read this story.
- Just when you thought all of the goofy new minor league team names were awful, we get blessed with the Hartford Yard Goats. That is awesome.
- Here’s a new one: the Class-A Salem Red Sox lost their radio announcer because he left to become the voice of Ultimate Frisbee. As long as he doesn’t move in on my bid to call the World Series Of Beer Pong, I’m OK with it.
Have a great weekend, and be safe while you indulge in National Corn Dog Day.