Assorted Minor League News
The Jackson Generals, the last Mariners affiliate standing, faces elimination tonight against the Mobile BayBears in the Southern League championship. Taijuan Walker struck out 9 yesterday in just 5-1/3 innings, giving up no runs and (even better) no walks, although he did leave after 80 pitches with what were reportedly blister issues. It might well have been his last inning anyway, but unfortunately the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead for him, and then Matt Davidson hit a 2-run homer off Jonathan Arias in the 10th.
Mike Zunino, now Baseball America’s short-season leagues Player of the Year, had two hits in the game. Others recognized by BA include Carter Capps as the reliever on their Minor League All-Star team, with Stefen Romero as a second-teamer at 2B. Classification all-stars in the system include Capps at AA, Zunino and Patrick Kivlehan for Everett, and Tyler Pike (the guy they got for not signing Kevin Cron) from the AZL squad for the rookie leagues.
Also announced by the Mariners is that they have extended their agreements with the rest of their affiliates so all of them will be sticking around through at least 2014. It would be great if they could get away from the distortions of High Desert, but I don’t know that there were any better options, only Lancaster which is just as bad if not worse.