Seattle Mariners Prime 32 Prospects

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports activities

Prime Prospects Sequence

Beneath is an evaluation of the prospects within the farm system of the Seattle Mariners. Scouting studies had been compiled with info offered by trade sources in addition to my very own observations. That is the third yr we’re delineating between two anticipated reduction roles, the abbreviations for which you’ll see within the “place” column under: MIRP for multi-inning reduction pitchers, and SIRP for single-inning reduction pitchers. The ETAs listed usually correspond to the yr a participant must be added to the 40-man roster to keep away from being made eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Handbook changes are made the place they appear applicable, however I take advantage of that as a rule of thumb.

A fast overview of what FV (Future Worth) means could be discovered right here. A a lot deeper overview could be discovered here.

The entire ranked prospects under additionally seem on The Board, a useful resource the positioning provides that includes sortable scouting info for each group. It has extra particulars (and up to date TrackMan knowledge from numerous sources) than this text and integrates each workforce’s listing so readers can examine prospects throughout farm methods. It may be discovered here.

Different Prospects of Be aware

Grouped by kind and listed so as of choice inside every class.

Hitter Pu Pu Platter
Miguel Perez, CF
Ricardo Cova, UTIL
Isiah Gilliam, OF
Robert Perez Jr., RF
Hogan Windish, 1B/2B
Kaden Polcovich, 2B/OF
Alberto Rodriguez, RF
Zach DeLoach, OF

The 22-year-old Miguel Perez isn’t hitting at Modesto, however he’s nonetheless extraordinarily projectable and covers loads of floor in heart area. He’s a possible late-bloomer to watch for bodily growth, however he’s presently not robust sufficient to have a viable swing. Cova is now on the complicated after two years within the DSL. He’s solely 5-foot-8, however he’s robust for his dimension and might play everywhere in the diamond. He was hit by a pitch on the knee yesterday and faraway from the sport. Gilliam, 26, has plus switch-hitting energy and may very well be a bench weapon regardless of a 20-grade hit device. Robert Perez Jr., 23, has plus energy, however his combo of whiffs and poor plate self-discipline has stored him on this part of the listing for some time. It seemed like he was creating extra persistence final yr, however his stroll charges have regressed. Windish, 24, was a 2022 seventh rounder out of UNC Greensboro. He’s hitting for energy at Everett whereas enjoying just a few totally different positions. Polcovich hasn’t performed but this yr (I’m truly unsure why), and has at all times had an attention-grabbing energy/pace mix for a switch-hitter; he simply doesn’t have a transparent place. Rodriguez and DeLoach have some pop however not fairly the bat-to-ball expertise to make the primary part of the listing.

Massive 5 Connections
Brian O’Keefe, C
Tatem Levins, C
Josh Hood, INF

All of those guys have a Philly connection of some stripe. O’Keefe, a St. Joe’s alum, is completely effective upper-level catching depth with energy. Levins transferred from La Salle to Pitt for his senior yr and had an excellent season. He’s a contact-oriented catcher with an athletic swing and sufficient skill on protection to be developed behind the dish. He must cowl the highest of the zone just a little higher. Hood went to Penn after which transferred to NC State for his senior yr. He’s a well-built, versatile infielder with 40-grade instruments on offense.

Slider Guys
Marcelo Perez, RHP
Jarod Bayless, RHP
Juan Mercedes, RHP
Jorge Benitez, LHP
Stephen Kolek, RHP
Mike Flynn, RHP

Perez is a elegant school arm from TCU who’s at the moment sitting 93 with sink and tail at Modesto and commanding his slider. Bayless (no relation to the 13-year veteran combo guard from Arizona) is a low-slot righty specialist kind. Mercedes is a slider-heavy starter at Double-A who has good peripherals, however I don’t belief that he truly has good command and he’s at finest a 40 athlete. Benitez is a low-slot lefty with a very good changeup. Kolek has a typical mid-90s/slider reliever look; his heater performs down as a consequence of form and below-average management. Flynn (no, not that one) was a sinker/slider sixth rounder from 2018 who has remade himself as a low-slot righty with a very good slider.

Arm Energy
Juan Burgos, RHP
Troy Taylor, RHP
Natanael Garabitos, RHP

Burgos has an excellent pitcher’s construct and has been sitting 93-96 amid some damage points at Modesto. Taylor, a 2022 twelfth rounder from UC Irvine, sits 95 with sink. Garabitos is sitting 96 however nonetheless has zero really feel for location.

System Overview

The Mariners system is flush with attention-grabbing developmental arms, however total, it’s fairly shallow and lacks enormous influence up prime. Harry Ford has the most effective probability to be the subsequent homegrown star, however he’s dangerous and his growth is probably going going to be sluggish, as is usually the case with younger catchers. Felnin Celesten didn’t look nice throughout his temporary stateside jaunt this spring, however he left Arizona shortly after which was injured, so there’s no actual proof to help a re-evaluation there. There are individuals inside the org who love Michael Arroyo, however I’m not able to stuff the man simply but, although I’m poised to take action if his swing turns into extra dynamic. The Mariners are likely to waste little time selling the fellows they like, which is a part of why the farm system doesn’t look nice on paper — a lot of them grow to be large leaguers in a short time.

I might contemplate the Mariners a data-driven org, particularly relating to evaluating pitchers. Their farm system is dense with guys who’ve large measurable breaking ball motion. Their observe report of tweaking prospects and fringe large leaguers for the higher is lengthy sufficient now to think about them excellent at creating arms. If there’s one other Bryan Woo within the system, a man who’s uncooked developmental materials proper now however who appears to be like like they’ve the construct and athleticism to take a large leap, it’s Darren Bowen.

Even when the Mariners had been within the thick of the AL West race proper now, it could most likely be straightforward for different groups to outbid them on the deadline. They’re a very good methods again of first place of their division and the East is crowding out the Wild Card area. Yesterday, they traded Chris Flexen and Trevor Gott (a kind of fringe arms they improved) to the Mets for depth arm Zach Muckenhirn, a sign of their seemingly posture for the subsequent month. Not one of the Mariners gamers on expiring offers are having particularly good seasons, although Teoscar Hernández would most likely fetch one thing on the deadline if Seattle wished to maneuver him. If there’s any solace to be discovered for Mariners followers within the again half of the summer season, it’s that the membership is prone to have a giant draft. They’ve three top-30 picks in a loaded class. It’s seemingly that each one of them will probably be prime 10 prospects on this system as quickly as they signal, which is able to make the “excessive finish” of this farm (anybody within the 40+ tier or above) look nearer to common when it comes to depth and high quality.