Minor League Wrap (6/1-7/09)

Jay Yencich · June 8, 2009 at 6:05 am · Filed Under Mariners 

I figure that some people out there are going to be asking over the next few days, so preemptively, the draft starts on Tuesday at 3 pm Pacific, 6 pm for me (no day off from work), and will probably continue on for five to six rounds before calling it a night and resuming Wednesday. In another 33 hours, the system will have a new top prospect. I’ll probably be live blogging the whole thing at my site, hunkered down with food supplies and frantically Googling. It’s a big deal to me, but I’m probably not going to try to cover all fifty rounds this year because oh my god what was I thinking?

To the jump!

Cleto is Back:
Reports from Ryan Divish of the TNT (and confirmed elsewhere) are that Maikel Cleto, the lost man of the Putz trade, has reported to Arizona and should be joining a team within the next few weeks. I hadn’t actually thought of it prior to a few days ago, but I had noticed a trend when the summer leagues opened up of certain Dominican prospects that had been in the states last year being sent back to the island, which, while not unheard of, is not particularly common. Now I’m starting to wonder whether or not they got caught in the same scandal and are just stuck there. I suppose it’s possible, but none of these guys were really impressing last season, so I could be off-base. The important thing is that Cleto is here, and the system is all the better for it.

Midwest League All-Stars:
The rosters are up, and the Lumberkings are going to have eight reps playing in front of the home crowd. Denny Almonte will be in the starting outfield, with IFs Scott Savastano, Nate Tenbrink, Kris Sanchez, and Terry Serrano serving as backups. Brett Lorin, Ruben Flores, and Aaron Pribanic will be on the pitching staff. I would complain about Kasparek being snubbed, but instead I’ll just prove why he should have been on below.

Tacoma Rainiers (3-4 this week, 30-27 overall)

The Week in Review:
Monday, June 1st 2009
Tacoma 4, Colorado Springs 12 (COL + 11)
W: Rincon (1-0, 0.00); L: Messenger (0-2, 1.57)

Tuesday, June 2nd 2009
Reno 1 (ARI – 7), Tacoma 5
W: Wells, J (1-0, 3.77); L: Ambriz (1-3, 4.54); SV: Messenger (10)

Wednesday, June 3rd 2009
Reno 10 (ARI – 6), Tacoma 4
W: Marte (1-1, 3.45); L: Thomas, J (0-2, 7.15); SV: Korecky (7)

Thursday, June 4th 2009
Reno 5 (ARI – 7), Tacoma 8
W: Seddon (4-3, 4.93); L: Augenstein (1-1, 6.00); SV: Messenger (11)

Friday, June 5th 2009
Reno 21 (ARI – 6), Tacoma 5
W: Barnette (4-5, 6.60); L: Rowland-Smith (1-1, 8.56)

Saturday, June 6th 2009
Tacoma 9, Las Vegas 2 (TOR – 14)
W: Baldwin (4-3, 4.55); L: Burres (3-5, 4.67)

Sunday, June 7th 2009
Tacoma 0, Las Vegas 4 (TOR – 13)
W: Mills (1-7, 4.22); L: Hernandez, G (3-4, 4.88); SV: Bullington (1)

Hitter of the Week:
1B Mike Carp, L/R, 6/30/1986
6 G, 23 AB, 5 R, 8 H, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5/3 K/BB, .348/.444/.652

May was not a good month for Carp. While he did walk more times than he struck out, twenty-three to twenty, his power numbers slipped substantially and he only was able to muster a .244 average for the month. As the calender turned over, so did his perfomances, and he now has one fewer home run in six games than he did all of last month. He’s also reached safely in the past nine games, aided by the suddenly-improved batting eye. Most likely, the real Carp is somewhere between April and May’s performances, but any sustained improvements are worth taking note of.

Honorable Mention:
IF Mike Morse, R/R, 3/22/1982
6 G, 24 AB, 5 R, 10 H, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 3/2 K/BB, .417/.462/.583

Also Honorable Mention:
IF Chris Woodward, R/R, 6/27/1976
6 G, 22 AB, 7 R, 10 H, 5 2B, 3 RBI, 1/1 K/BB, SB, .400/.423/.600

Dishonorable Mention:
DH Jeff Clement, L/R, 8/21/1983
6 G, 27 AB, 4 R, 5 H, 2B, 3 RBI, 5/1 K/BB, .185/.214/.222

Pitcher of the Week:
LHP Chris Seddon, 10/13/1983
1-0, GS, 1.26 ERA in 7.0 IP, 6 H, R, 0/1 K/BB, 14/6 G/F, HB

Seddon gets to repeat, despite his curious no-strikeout line this week, due to lack of appealing options elsewhere (do I highlight Messenger for two innings of competent relief?). With the Mariners cutting bait on Tyler Johnson earlier in the week, he might as well get some notice anyway, as he and Thomas are vying for the position of top LHR in the system. Seddon is presently holding same handed batters to a .222 average and they’ve only managed one extra-base hit off him all season. The tradeoff is that, while he has seven Ks in 10.1 innings facing them, he also has seven walks. Our bullpen probably has enough of those as is.

Honorable Mention:
RHP Doug Fister, 2/4/1984
0-0, GS, 3.46 in 5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 6/0 K/BB, 4/7 G/F

Dishonorable Mention:
RHP Eric Hull, 12/3/1979
0-0, 3 G, 22.50 ERA in 2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1/5 K/BB, 1/4 G/F , 2 WP

Special Rehab Disaster Edition:
LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, 1/26/1983
0-1, GS, 23.14 ERA in 4.2 IP, 14 H, 12 R, 0/3 K/BB, 6/7 G/F, HB

From The Training Room:
As seen above, RR-S continues to rehab, poorly, and Tyler Johnson was released. Corcoran also showed up on the rehab list, giving up a hit in his only inning of work so far. To replace the recalled Jamie Burke, the Rainiers brought in Flaming Bees from High Desert.

Strange Happenings:
In the 21-5 loss on Friday, two Aces hitters had five hits apiece, one had four, and another three reached four times, one via all hits, one with a hit and three walks, and one split evenly between hits and walks. That’s a lot of offense, but surprisingly, not everyone had more than one hit, not everyone scored, and not everyone drove in one. I’ll tell you one thing that they did collectively do though: not strike out. There were only two from the whole lineup.

The Week in Preview:
6/8-9, at Las Vegas (TOR, 22-35), All Times 7:05 pm PDT
6/11-14, at Sacramento (OAK, 35-22), All Times 7:05 pm PDT except Sun (1:05 pm PDT)

West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (2-7 this week, 23-35 overall)

The Week in Review:
Monday, June 1st 2009
West Tenn 4, Mississippi 5 (ATL – 5) (sixteen innings)
W: Gamble (1-0, 2.79); L: Rivera, M (5-4, 2.96)

Tuesday, June 2nd 2009
West Tenn 0, Mississippi 5 (ATL – 4) (seven innings)
W: Cofield (4-2, 3.12); L: Munoz, L (1-2, 5.52)

West Tenn 1, Mississippi 0 (– 5) (seven innings)
W: Parker (2-2, 3.20); L: Lyman (4-4, 3.44)

Wednesday, June 3rd 2009
West Tenn 0, Mississippi 2 (ATL – 4)
W: Venters (3-4, 3.07); L: Christensen (0-3, 4.79); SV: Gearrin (1)

Thursday, June 4th 2009
West Tenn 0, Mississippi 4 (ATL – 3)
W: Osuna (1-0, 0.00); L: Souza (4-4, 3.21)

Friday, June 5th 2009
Hunstville 5 (MIL + 9), West Tenn 0
W: Welch, D (4-3, 6.05); L: Ryan (2-5, 6.85)

Saturday, June 6th 2009
Hunstville 7 (MIL + 10), West Tenn 5
W: Hand (4-1, 1.84); L: Rivera, M (5-5, 2.86); SV: Hinton (7)

Sunday, June 7th 2009
Hunstville 6 (MIL + 9), West Tenn 9 (seven innings)
W: Parker (3-2, 3.57); L: Jones (1-1, 5.24)

Huntsville 5 (+ 10), West Tenn 1 (ten innings)
W: Ellison (2-2, 3.76); L: Cotter (0-1, 7.52)

Hitter of the Week:
OF Johan Limonta, L/L, 8/4/1983
9 G, 32 AB, 3 R, 10 H, 2B, 2 3B, 5 RBI, 5/4 K/BB, SB, CS, .313/.389/.469

A lack of a healthy Carrera at the top of the order and the unexpected early departure of Triunfel has left the Diamond Jaxx rather weak offensively. Of the regulars, Limonta had the best week easily. That might extend to defense as well, as he had two outfield assists on Saturday to get a runner at third and at home. It was the same guy in both cases, so he apparently hadn’t learned his lesson. A 4-for-4 showing in game one on Sunday, when he hit both his doubles, just happened to push him into the category of best hitter as well.

Honorable Mention:
UT Brent Johnson, R/R, 5/21/1982
9 G, 29 AB, R, 7 H, 4 2B, RBI, 2/6 K/BB, SB, .241/.405/.379

Dishonorable Mention:
OF Gregory Halman, R/R,
5 G, 22 AB, 3 H, 2B, 8/1 K/BB, CS, .136/.174/.182

Pitcher of the Week:
RHP Steve Bray, 12/22/1980
0-0, 2 GS, 1.50 ERA in 12.0 IP, 9 H (HR), 2 R, 7/2 K/BB, 3/23 G/F

Sometimes these minor league free agent types really do make the difference. A fourteenth-round pick of the Royals back in 2004, Bray was (surprise!) a Brewers farmhand for three years before jumping on with the M’s. His performance againt his former team, the Huntsville Stars, was not so inspired, as he gave up two runs on seven hits, a couple of walks, and a K in five innings, but the previous outing against the Mississippi Braves was brilliant, with seven innings of two-hit ball, six strikeouts, and no walks. He’s been in the rotation of late, where he’s performed decently, but his command holds up better in the ‘pen and he’s probably one of the most extreme flyball pitchers anyone’s recently seen

Honorable Mention:
RHP Kyle Parker, 4/8/1985
2-0, 2 GS, CG (SHO), 3.29 ERA in 13.2 IP, 11 H (HR), 5 R, 5/5 K/BB, 21/15 G/F

Dishonorable Mention:
RHP Aaron Cotter, 1/2/1984
0-1, 2 G, 9.00 ERA in 4.0 IP, 3 H (2 HR), 4 R, 2/1 K/BB, 4/6 G/F

From the Training Room:
Mike Wilson headed back onto the DL and Leury Bonilla came off it to replace him. Bonilla had been out since May 18th. One of the pitchers, RHP Ricky Orta, also came off the DL, pitching a frame with a hit, a walk, and a strikeout to his line. He hadn’t pitched since April 21st. To make way for Orta, Vega was sent back to the Cal League. Rohrbaugh and Pena are still out.

Strange Happenings:
True, Zduriencik may have brought in some ringers from the Milwaukee system, but between the D-Jaxx and Huntsville, there seems to have been some bad blood. Or perhaps one of the umpires was getting a bit too trigger happy. At any rate, in Sunday’s game, RHP Kyle Parker, C Yamid Haad, and manager Phil Plantier were all ejected, along with a Huntsville pitcher who also hit a batter. Perhaps this needs to be more closely monitored…

The Week in Preview:
6/8-9, vs. Huntsville (MIL, 33-23), 5:05 pm PDT Mon, 10:05 am PDT Tues
6/11-14, at Carolina (CIN, 32-25), 4:15 pm PDT Thurs and Fri, 3:15 pm PDT Sat, 11:00 am PDT Sun

High Desert Mavericks (5-2 this week, 38-19 overall)

The Week in Review:
Monday, June 1st 2009
Inland Empire 11 (LAD – 5), High Desert 1
W: Withrow (4-4, 5.18); L: Hensley (1-1, 7.02)

Tuesday, June 2nd 2009
Inland Empire 5 (LAD – 6), High Desert 7
W: Ramirez, J (4-1, 4.29); L: Sexton (1-6, 3.18); SV: Aumont (10)

Wednesday, June 3rd 2009
Inland Empire 6 (LAD – 5), High Desert 2
W: Bastardo (5-2, 3.08); L: Hume (5-3, 5.20)

Thursday, June 4th 2009
High Desert 7, Stockton 6 (OAK – 12) (twenty-one innings)
W: Paredes (4-3, 5.14); L: Gordon (1-3, 2.25)

Friday, June 5th 2009
High Desert 8, Stockton 4 (OAK – 13)
W: Wild (3-1, 3.35); L: Leblanc Poirier (0-1, 5.18)

Saturday, June 6th 2009
High Desert 7, Stockton 4 (OAK – 14)
W: Hensley (2-1, 5.55); L: Ross (0-4, 4.19); SV: Paredes (1)

Sunday, June 7th 2009
High Desert 7, Stockton 5 (OAK – 15)
W: Aumont (1-2, 2.97); L: Espinal (0-1, 4.09)

Hitter of the Week:
1B Joe Dunigan, L/L, 3/29/1986
6 G, 22 AB, 3 R, 8 H, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 3/11 K/BB, 2 SB, CS, .364/.576/.500

I have this image of Dunigan in my mind, unable to play in games, sneaking on to the field at night and doing eye exercises for hours at a time. Waiting. Biding his time. Either that, or a semi-healthy Dunigan is still scarier than anything else in the league. Whatever the case, a third of Dunigan’s plate appearances for the week resulted in walks. Yes. Eleven of them. Including four during the Mavericks’ twenty-one inning game, in which he went 3-for-6 anyway. Bladergroen has a better case on power, but I get opportunities now and then to note two home runs in a week, or rarely, two-thirds of hits going for extras. I don’t know when I’ll see eleven walks next.

Honorable Mention:
1B Ian Bladergroen, L/L, 2/23/1983
6 G, 19 AB, 3 R, 6 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 5/2 K/BB, .316/.381/.737

Dishonorable Mention:
3B Alex Liddi, R/R, 8/14/1988
6 G, 27 AB, R, 2 H, 4 RBI, 12/2 K/BB, .074/.161/.074

Pitcher of the Week:
RHP Phillippe Aumont, 1/7/1989
1-0, 3 G, SV, 0.00 ERA in 5.2 IP, H, 7/3 K/BB, 6/4 G/F

Okay. I still wish that these 5.2 innings represented one awesome start. Instead, I must settle for this, which was bolstered by a three-inning stint in the twenty-one inning game, which three other relievers also managed. So what is there to say about Aumont at this point? His average against is under .200 for the year, miniscule for the month of June as you can plainly see, and he’s still generating about 33-50% more groundballs than flies in general. The downside is that he’s already walked more batters in June than he did in May. And that other thing I mentioned.

Honorable Mention:
RHP Aaron Jensen, 6/11/1984
0-0, 3 G, 0.00 ERA in 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2/4 K/BB (2 IBB), 10/3 G/F

Dishonorable Mention:
RHP Natividad Dilone, 9/8/1982
0-0, 4 G, 6.75 ERA in 4.0 IP, 5 H (HR), 4 R (3 ER), 4/1 K/BB, 5/2 G/F, HB

From the Training Room:
The twenty-one inning game on Thursday left the Mavs scrambling for pitchers, so Brandon Pullen, Christian Staheley, and Marwin Vega all joined the team to help out while various starters were exchanged out with Everett. The loss of Flaming Bees meant the Mavs also had to bring in Guy Welsh from extended. Welsh is an infielder by trade, but they were experimenting with him behind the plate during instructs last fall.

Strange Happenings:
So, there was a twenty-one inning game. But what does a twenty-one inning game really look like? Some facts: seventeen pitchers were used, one hitter got ten at-bats, the game itself had to be suspended at midnight due to a rule that stipulates no inning shall begin after midnight, it lasted seven hours and thirty-four minutes total, and after being resumed from the fourteenth inning on Friday, it went on long enough to have the regularly scheduled game also suffer from the “no innings after midnight” rule.

The Week in Preview:
6/8-10, at Visalia (COL, 35-22), All Times 7:05 pm PDT
6/12-4, vs. Lancaster (HOU, 19-38), All Times 7:05 pm PDT except Sun (2:05 pm PDT)

Clinton Lumberkings (4-2 this week, 30-26 overall)

The Week in Review:
Monday, June 1st 2009
Off day

Tuesday, June 2nd 2009
Kane County 4 (OAK + 13), Clinton 2
W: Ray (2-0, 2.35); L: Moviel (1-1, 4.15); SV: Storey (5)

Wednesday, June 3rd 2009
Kane County 3 (OAK + 14), Clinton 1
W: Smalley (5-1, 1.69); L: Pribanic (4-2, 2.60); SV: Murray (2)

Thursday, June 4th 2009
Kane County 4 (OAK + 13), Clinton 5 (ten innings)
W: Flores (2-2, 2.96); L: Richmond (4-2, 3.62)

Friday, June 5th 2009
Kane County 5 (OAK + 12), Clinton 6
W: Moorer (2-1, 3.33); L: Deal (0-1, 3.00); SV: Hann (1)

Saturday, June 6th 2009
Clinton 10, Quad Cities 9 (STL – 4) (fourteen innings)
W: Moviel (2-1, 4.20); L: Delgado (4-2, 2.22); SV: Flores (8)

Sunday, June 7th 2009
Clinton 4, Quad Cities 2 (STL – 5) (ten innings)
W: Esquibel (1-1, 7.50); L: Carpenter, D (2-2, 4.25); SV: Flores (9)

Hitter of the Week:
DH Kris Sanchez, L/L, 1/9/1984
5 G, 15 AB, R, 7 H, 4 2B, 6 RBI, 1/5 K/BB, .467/.571/.733

This week, there was little middle ground. The hitters that were hot were all OPSing around or over 1.000 and those who were not fell closer to .200 or below. I gave strong consideration to highlighting Savastano, but it was almost entirely average in his case, whereas with Sanchez, you had everything: good hit totals, xbh % over 50, and a lot more walks than strikeouts. As with Dunigan, it’s hard to tell if he’s been improving on his own or if most of the league’s pitchers just have no interest in throwing to him. Unfortunately for him, and so many in the system, first base is the most blocked position we have right now, a striking contrast to last season, so I don’t know when he’ll be moving on up to High Desert.

Honorable Mention:
IF Scott Savastano, R/R, 6/12/1986
6 G, 25 AB, 5 R, 13 H, 2B, 2 RBI, 2/3 K/BB, SB, .520/.571/.560

Dishonorable Mention:
3B Mario Martinez, R/R, 11/13/1989
5 G, 20 AB, H, RBI, 4/1 K/BB, SB, .050/.130/.050

Pitcher of the Week:
RHP Kenn Kasparek, 9/23/1985
0-0, 2 GS, 1.41 ERA in 11.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 18/2 K/BB, 7/9 G/F

Kenn Kasparek deserved two wins this week. Instead he got two no-decisions. Facing a quality squad in the Kane County Cougers on Tuesday, he threw five innings and allowed just two hits and two walks in that span. Two-thirds of his outs were Ks. On Sunday, a relief effort failed and he left with the tie after pitching six and a third innings, his two runs scoring on six hits against eight Ks. This follows a May in which he ran an ERA under two, averaged five innings or more per start, and struck out a little under a batter per inning. The best pitcher on the roster for the past five weeks hasn’t been Lorin, nor was it Pribanic in limited time. It’s been Kenn with two n’s.

Honorable Mention:
RHP Ruben Flores, 5/19/1984
1-0, 4 G, 2 SV, 1.80 ERA in 5.0 IP, H, R, 8/4 K/BB, 3/3 G/F

Dishonorable Mention:
LHP Bobby LaFromboise, 6/25/1986
0-0, GS, 10.80 ERA in 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2/1 K/BB, 4/8 G/F

From the Training Room:
RHP Aaron Pribanic came back to the rotation this week and went three innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk against four Ks. Even without Hensley, Kasparek/Lorin/Pribanic is pretty scary.

Strange Happenings:
The Lumberkings used thirteen position players due to some excessive switching in the fourteen inning game on Saturday. So while the assorted demanding pitching performances of the week did not end up with us seeing a position player take the mound, we did get to see a pitcher run the bases, as Jose Jimenez, usually a left-handed pitcher, pinch-ran and scored a run to keep it tied at 9-9 in the thirteenth. It was a low-risk move, but if the game had continued much longer, he would have had to bat as the DH.

The Week in Preview:
6/8-9, at Quad Cities (STL, 25-30), All Times 5:00 pm PDT
6/10-3, vs. Peoria (CHC, 30-24), All Times 5:00 pm PDT
6/14, at Beloit (MIN, 19-36), 12:00 pm PDT


18 Responses to “Minor League Wrap (6/1-7/09)”

  1. Dave on June 8th, 2009 7:06 am

    Since he didn’t make the Tacoma portion of the recap, I’ll point out that Michael Saunders failed to walk yesterday, making it the first time in six games he hadn’t walked. He drew eight walks in the previous five games. This is a guy who drew nine walks in 105 plate appearances for Tacoma last year. Now he’s walking eight times in five games.

    He hasn’t been hitting for power lately, but he’s definitely maturing as a hitter.

  2. homi on June 8th, 2009 7:24 am

    Thanks Jay!

    This is one of the best things about monday!

  3. Soonerman22 on June 8th, 2009 7:27 am

    So should we start printing up our #13 Ackley jerseys?

  4. Soonerman22 on June 8th, 2009 7:32 am

    Did anyone else see Ackley on ESPN this weekend?

    It was my first time getting to watch him play. I have read a lot, but first time getting to watch him with my own eyes.

    Very excited and looking forward to watching him in the Collage World Series!

    And with the Mariners in the future!!!

  5. Nate on June 8th, 2009 7:59 am

    …And that other thing I mentioned.

    yeah, one time I gave a small gold chain necklace to my daughter for her 10th birthday. she promptly strung it with froot loops to “make it pretty”.

  6. joser on June 8th, 2009 8:32 am

    Well, it wouldn’t be a Mariners-related group of players if the batters couldn’t take a walk and the pitchers couldn’t avoid handing them out.

    At least at the highest, most Bavasi-infected levels. But there’s hope…

    Eleven of them. Including four during the Mavericks’ twenty-one inning game, in which he went 3-for-6 anyway.

    So he’s the guy who came to the plate 10 times in a 21 inning game? Damn.

    The Phillies may have Bastardo, but the M’s are stocking up on names both hilarious and unpronouncable. Somebody needs to ask Fleming Baez if his parents named him for Ian, or Peggy.

  7. robbbbbb on June 8th, 2009 8:32 am

    Dave, thanks for the update on Saunders. I looked at his line last week, and was impressed at his K% and BB%, and the fact that his ISO’s at the highest point in his career.

    Would either Dave or Jay care to comment on Saunders’ development, and how close he is to the big leagues?

  8. The Ancient Mariner on June 8th, 2009 9:27 am

    I’d say Dave already has.

  9. Jay Yencich on June 8th, 2009 9:40 am

    Nice catch on that Dave.

    I think that those who were claiming that Saunders was going to be a light-hitting (~10 HR) contact guy who strikes out a bit much are looking off-base now. This is one of the perils of prospect evaluation, and young player evaluation in general. Things can change rather quickly, and players will often progress by leaps and bounds (and in other cases, regress in the same way, like Halman).

    If you haven’t looked at a player recently and really given a close look at the trends, how they’ve been performing and the context, you’re likely to miss out on something big as it’s happening.

    These are just general statements though, I’m not singling anyone out.

  10. Jay Yencich on June 8th, 2009 9:46 am

    The Phillies may have Bastardo, but the M’s are stocking up on names both hilarious and unpronouncable.

    Yeah, that’s subject of some fascination among some of us. I know marc w. and Gomez are also usually scouring the rosters in search of the next Arquimedez Pozo. There are always more of them in the summer leagues, where you have names like Aljeurreau Bishop, Isliexel Gonzalez, Janelfry Zorrilla, and Westlonder Marcelino. Speaking of which, I believe Jetsy Extrano is due to play in the states this year.

    So he’s the guy who came to the plate 10 times in a 21 inning game?

    Actually, no. There were a few guys who came to the plate ten or more times, but I specifically noted ten at-bats. There were a few guys who walked or got hit a time or two and missed that mark for that reason.

  11. cdowley on June 8th, 2009 12:03 pm

    On a draft note, since so much attention is being paid to our first few picks, are there any particular prospects you know of that you’d like to see the Mariners take later on in the draft?

  12. nvn8vbryce on June 8th, 2009 12:26 pm

    I’ll be going to the Rainers game on the 29th down here in Reno… I wonder if Reno will show more offensive prowless than the Rainers this time around…

  13. Jay Yencich on June 8th, 2009 1:23 pm

    On a draft note, since so much attention is being paid to our first few picks, are there any particular prospects you know of that you’d like to see the Mariners take later on in the draft?

    Not really. There are a few names you can pull out here and there, of course. I think it would be fun to pick up a local guy like Brian Pearl for example, but after you get out of the top few rounds, there are so many variables involved and such a low probability of selecting x player to begin with. It’s one of those things better played by ear in a “hey, this guy is still on the board” way. I don’t need to make myself even more crazy by running through scouting reports trying to figure out who’s going to be around in the seventh-round. I’d rather just figure out what the pick is all about after it’s made.

  14. GarForever on June 8th, 2009 1:46 pm

    I think that those who were claiming that Saunders was going to be a light-hitting (~10 HR) contact guy who strikes out a bit much are looking off-base now.

    Hey guys, sorry for the frivolity, but how much longer, seriously, do we expect the two-headed LF monster (Chavenstien?) to block Saunders from getting called up for a serious look? (I know Dave mentioned the other day that the current LF platoon doesn’t represent much of an obstacle, but is there any sense of a time table?) It seems to me that the Jason Bay comment about Seattle has already stirred undue enthusiasm, and I would think the sooner we know what we may have in Saunders, the better. What do you think?

  15. littlelinny6 on June 8th, 2009 4:34 pm

    Saunders/Ackley (assuming he’s drafted) is the future of LF for the M’s.

  16. Dave in Palo Alto on June 8th, 2009 8:46 pm

    I missed the news on Triunfel. What happened?

  17. Jay Yencich on June 8th, 2009 8:51 pm

    I missed the news on Triunfel. What happened?

    He broke his fibula way back in April, only a few games into the season.

  18. Dave in Palo Alto on June 8th, 2009 10:21 pm

    Oh right. Thanks, Jay.

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