Last year, I did a write up on some of the under appreciated prospects in the Mariners system. I called it the Ryan Anderson Relief Squad. Despite being the one that picked the name, it bothered me. Most of the prospects I chose were guys that were under appreciated and though not all didn’t have very successful seasons, others did just fine and even one had a gigantic breakout season.
This year, I’m changing the name but am going to continue the tradition. The idea behind it is of course a dash of being an under appreciated prospect (in my mind) but even more than that these guys have a cult following for one reason or another. Most of them have a specific trait that is easily recognizable and could even get them to the big leagues. George Mieses throws hard, Jonathan Arias misses bats, Johan Limonta gets on base, Jamal Austin is electric on the base paths. The majority that make this list will probably go on to be AAAA fodder or even won’t even make it above AA. But then again they could be potentially be pretty successful ball players.
Ryan Anderson was a top prospect from the day he was drafted. He showed amazing physical abilities and proved them statistically. These guys… well this is the other side of the coin. This is the cult of Scott Savastano.
Tags: Andrew Carraway, Bobby LaFromboise, Cameron Hobson, Cult Of Scott Savastano, Efrain Nunez, gabriel noriega, George Mieses, Jabari Blash, Jamal Austin, Johan Limonta, Jonathan Arias, julio morban, Kyle Hunter, Luke Guarnaccia, Matthew Bischoff, mauricio robles, Reynaldo Sabala, Ryan Anderson Relief Squad, Scott Savastano, Stefan Romero, Willy Kesler
Over the weekend I wrote an article about Investing vs. Selling in relation to the Mariners 2011 season. Last night the Mariners won again and there is a lot of enthusiasm being spread about as to where this season could go. Now, I’m cautiously optimistic and think that with the division issues the Mariners could be headed for a third or even with luck a second place finish.
But the reality is they don’t have the present pieces to win the division. REPEAT AFTER ME: “The Mariners don’t have a real shot to win the division this year”. But as I wrote yesterday there is an opportunity.
If the Mariners want to take advantage of the situation presented they need to act quickly. While the Mariners are returning some key pieces to the 25-man roster in Franklin Gutierrez (this past week), Shawn Kelly (sometime soon) and will eventually see the arrival of prized prospect Dustin Ackley this team is still in need of upgrades in order to have a legit chance to win the division this year.
Jason Churchill wrote about this late last night/early this morning. I agree with his premise in that there is a pretense that the Mariners aren’t 80+ win team right now. But, there lies the potential to grab a few pieces and in enough time those pieces could make the difference between the Mariners winning 77 – 80 games to 85+ games.
I like a few of the names on Churchill’s list (Kubel/Ludwick/Nix) for a variety of different reasons.
The problem that I see with going after the possible upgrades in left are that Carlos Peguero has been making good progression at the major league level. This season was suppose to be about giving the young guys a chance and he has been hitting things extremely hard, taking walks and not striking out too much. While it’s a small sample size and he has been swinging way (WAY) too much at pitches out side the zone there is still potential there. I’m more for giving it time than going for any .
As for upgrading third base and Chone Figgins there isn’t much out in the league that works here. Sure you could go for an Aramis Ramirez but he costs prospects and the Cubs aren’t going to give up one of their “perceived” big bats for nothing. That said I’d feel uncomfortable about acquiring him at this point. While he’s a fit for someone like the Indians, Athletics or Blue Jays (should they stay in the mix) his skill set isn’t very conducive to Safeco. It’d be a repeat of Adrian Beltre, only in my mind worse.
Instead of acquiring someone I would either attempt to trade Figgins or just bench him in lieu of Luis Rodriguez. I think Rodriguez could potentially offer some upside that is cheap being internal and he is also a switch hitter. There has been a growing “#FreeLuisRodriguez” hash on twitter and I suspect it will only continue at this point. It also allows the Mariners to use Adam Kennedy as a pinch hitter for Brendan Ryan/Jack Wilson.
As Jason Churchill explained in his article there are a few reasons to hold onto Jack Cust. While he isn’t hitting home runs he’s not a black hole either and is still producing. I personally hold onto him. Maybe he comes around and you don’t have to make a move.
After I said that the Mariners have to act quickly it doesn’t seem like I think there are a lot of moves to make, right? Well, if the Mariners wanted to make a move these are two that I support.
Prior to the jump understand that I preface this with that fact I’m in favor of holding pat seeing what happens. I’d prefer to get something for Bedard and try not to push guys like Pineda and Ackley too far or hard.
But if Jack’s job depends on it and they feel they have to go for the division this year this is how I’d do it.
Tags: Adam Moore, Adrian Beltre, Alex Gordon, alex liddi, Aramis Ramirez, Blake Beavan, Brandon Maurer, brian moran, Carlos Peguero, dustin ackley, Franklin Gutierez, gabriel noriega, Geovany Soto, greg halman, James Gillheeney, james jones, Jonathan Hesketh, josh fields, luis rodriguez, Luke Scott, Mariners General, Matt Kemp, mauricio robles, Michael Pineda, Michael Saunders, miguel olivo, nick franklin, prince fielder, rich poythress, Yoervis Medina
It took some work… but at long last, as promised, here is the prospect watch list 51-75 rankings. I’ve spent about two hours looking at it and here is the most important thing, not changed any rankings.
The list consists primarily of relievers with potential, and young unproven talent with a few guys that had college success mixed in just for fun.
Again my usual disclaimer: This isn’t a prospect listing. This is more of a watch list that I alone completed. If you feel an injustice has occurred please let me know, I certainly realize there are something that can be debated and I’m willing to discuss it in a rational manner.
The point to this is to create intelligent discussion and awareness of prospects in the Mariners organization. I am not a professional and all I’m attempting to do is to enhance the enjoyment of watching baseball.
With that out of the way, have at thee!
|51||Brandol Perez||17||LHSP||IFA||Arizona League|
|52||Tyler Burgoon||21||RHRP||2010 Draft (10)||(low A) Clinton|
|53||Vicente “Jose” Campos||17||RHSP||IFA||Arizona League|
|54||Nick Hill||26||LHRP||2007 Draft (7)||(AAA)Tacoma|
|55||Gabriel Noriega||20||SS||IFA||(A) High Desert|
|56||Bobby LaFromboise||24||LHSP||2008 Draft (8)||(AA) Jackson|
|57||Ivan Ramirez||17||C||IFA||Arizona League|
|58||Tyler Blandford||23||RHRP||2009 Draft (5)||(low A) Clinton|
|59||Jharmidy De Jesus||21||1b/3b||IFA||(low A) Clinton|
|60||Charles Kaalekahi||18||RHSP||2010 Draft (15)||(Short Season) Everett|
|61||Alfredo Morales||18||CF||IFA||(Short Season) Pulaski|
|62||Stephen Penney||24||RHRP||2008 Draft (29)||(AA) Jackson|
|64||Jorden Merry||23||RHRP||2009 Draft (40)||(AA) Jackson|
|65||Luke Taylor||18||RHSP||2010 Draft (9)||(Short Season) Pulaski|
|66||Chris Kirkland||25||RHRP||2008 Draft (36)||(AA) Jackson|
|67||Joseph Dunigan||24||OF||2007 Draft (5)||(AA) Jackson|
|68||Mario Martinez||21||1b/3b||IFA||(A) High Desert|
|69||Dylan Unsworth||18||RHSP||IFA||(Short Season) Pulaski|
|70||Jake Shaffer||23||OF||2008 Draft (15)||(AA) Jackson|
|71||Christian Carmichael||18||C||2010 Draft (6)||(Short Season) Everett|
|72||Taylor Stanton||23||RHSP||2008 Draft (26)||(A) High Desert|
|73||Matt Browning||23||3b||2010 Draft (43)||(low A) Clinton|
|74||Brandon Josselyn||24||RHRP||2009 Draft (25)||(A) High Desert|
|75||Daniel Carroll||22||OF||2007 Draft (3)||(A) High Desert|
Note: links will be added when it’s added to the Top-100 rankings
Tags: Alfredo Morales, Bobby LaFromboise, Brandol Perez, Brandon Josselyn, Charles Kaalekahi, Chris Kirkland, Christian Carmichael, Daniel Carroll, Dylan Unsworth, gabriel noriega, Ivan Ramirez, Jake Shaffer, Jharmidy De Jesus, Jorden Merry, Jose Torres, joseph dunigan, luke taylor, Mario Martinez, Matt Browning, nick hill, Prospect Listings, Stephen Penney, Taylor Stanton, tyler blandford, Tyler Burgoon, Vincente Campos