M’s Add Seven More From Tacoma
The Mariners completed their September call-ups today, adding seven more guys to the roster, including a couple of surprises. There were four that were obvious, as they were all up with the big team for significant stretches earlier in the year: Mike Carp, Casper Wells, Shawn Kelley, and Alex Liddi. Hector Noesi was slightly less obvious, since he wasn’t very good down in Tacoma after they optioned him, but he does give them another arm to serve as a long man in case of a blowout or extra inning game, so even if he doesn’t pitch much, bringing him back makes some sense.
The two surprises are Carlos Triunfel, who had another lousy year and has lost most of his prospect status at this point, and Luis Jimenez, who is 30-years-old and never really had any to begin with.
Triunfel has some natural talent but hasn’t improved one bit in the last five years, leaving him as a guy who gets significantly less from his tools than he should. I guess with Munenori Kawasaki as the only backup SS on the roster, they see Triunfel providing some depth there, and he was already on the 40-man, so might as well call him up, but he shouldn’t play much if it all, and he isn’t really deserving of the call. In fact, I’d expect him to be removed from the 40-man this winter when the organization needs some roster spots for new additions, so this may be his only month in Seattle when all is said and done.
Jimenez is the exact opposite story, as he has all the athletic ability of Bill the Beerman, and approximately the same kind of physique to boot. Jimenez is a well traveled minor league lifer, and while he was decent for the Rainiers, he didn’t exactly destroy the PCL in the way that makes you think that maybe there’s something that scouts have missed. He’s the definition of a AAAA player, and since he wasn’t on the 40 man roster, I’m a bit surprised the team is calling him up.
However, the cost of adding him wasn’t all that significant, as they DFA’d Johermyn Chavez to clear a spot for Jimenez on the roster. Chavez was the other guy in the Brandon Morrow-Brandon League Challenge Trade that was ill-advised at the time and doesn’t look any better now, and he’s not a Major League player that the organization is going to miss, if anyone actually wants to claim him on waivers. In all likelihood, Chavez will clear and the end result will be no different for the team. Jimenez will probably be a fan favorite simply due to his size and the possibility that he could run into a fastball and hit it really far, but he’s not someone you should be penciling into the organization’s future. He’ll almost certainly be removed from the 40 man after the season ends, and this will be his one cup of coffee in the Majors that he’ll tell his grandkids about someday. It’s a good story, and hooray for him getting that chance to live the life of a big leaguer, but in terms of his future with the organization, keep your expectations low.