M’s Add Three More From Tacoma
Tacoma went down last night, putting up a bit of a fight, but ultimately losing 13-8 as the pitching self-destructed. While not good for a number of guys, including the guilty party on the pitching staff, who gets to go home and think about what he did, it is good news for others who are now being promoted to join the Mariners in Texas. Welcome back to the show, LHP Garrett Olson and IF Matt Tuiasosopo, along with newcomer C Adam Moore. To make room for Moore, the Mariners have parted company with RHP Stephen Kahn, who seemed to unable to so much as look at a pitching mound without one of his ligaments exploding in terror.
Olson, we all know from earlier in the year as a bullpen arm/fifth starter on the fringe. I’d be pleased if I could happily report some recent breakthrough of his, but his latest Tacoma stint has only seen more of everything: hits, walks, and strikeouts. Tui hopes to get more playing time now than he did earlier in the year, and some of his recent performance has warranted that. While he did hit just .200/.375/.320 in September, he was .322/.426/.619 in August and has been getting some additional playing time at second base of late. Moore, who came off season that had him post a .902 OPS in double-A, had a disappointing 2009, as he couldn’t break .800. There’s nothing glaring that hints towards some flaw he needs to overcome, his discipline is the same if not slightly better, he just mysteriously lost about ten doubles. He works well with pitchers and is a darling of the organization because of it, though he has a bit of a passed ball problem. The organization hopes to build around him in the future, even if he won’t get much playing time at present.