I was originally going to just make a fanpost about David Winfree (yeah, I know) because there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of talk about him, which is, I suppose, not all that surprising. I'm sure this is due in part to the fact that he's not a Mariner's organization guy, instead having come up with the Twins and then briefly with the Yankees before being dumped and inauspiciously signed by the Mariners.
In any case, I'm very intrigued by him. He's put up very good numbers in AAA this year between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Tacoma (but especially in Tacoma), and has had solid, though certainly not spectacular, numbers in previous minor league seasons (wOBA of 338 and 339 past two years in AA and AAA respectively). Though he's been around for 7 years, he's only turning 25 in a few days, so he's not yet old by baseball standards.
But he is up against Mike Wilson who IS a product of the Mariners organization, put up huge numbers in AA for a few years, struggled in his first call up to AAA last year, but is back to dominating at the plate again with Tacoma this year. In fact, his OPS of .935 is slightly better than Winfree's .930 which is what prompted me to make this post in the first place.
So who is the better prospect? Does anyone see either of these players as having any potential with the Mariners? Both of them make their primary position RF; and the Mariner's RF is certainly (hopefully) not opening any time soon. Winfree can also play a serviceable First Base, but then that just puts him behind Justin-First-Baseman-of-the-Future-Now-Smoak.
Is the fact that Winfree has been out of the Rainiers lineup for the past several games an indication that the organization has little interest in him, or has he suffered an injury? (in which case my entire post may be rendered moot...or perhaps just a little moot-er than it already was)
Am I just crazy for wanting to have more information about these probably nothing more than roster filler minor league players?