First off I would like to apologize for reposting an article that was previously on my blog, “Revisiting the Jarrod Washburn Trade” on Lookout Landing. A few guys set me straight and I would like to thank those individuals for that. I have now learned. In a quest for people to find out more about guys in the Mariners’ lower minors, I want to profile some guys that stand out to me. First on my list is Forrest Snow.
Forrest Snow is a local guy who had a terrific pro debut in 2010. At 6’6” 215lb, the righthanded pitcher offers a great presence on the mound. Snow is now 22 years old and will be entering his second professional season. Snow was drafted twice by the Mariners; first, in the 44th round of the 2007 draft, and again in the 36th round of the 2010 draft. Seattle has really done their homework on this guy as they had the opportunity to see him a lot! So far, it has paid off.
Snow was born in Seattle, WA and attended Lakeside High School. He finished his career at Lakeside with a 2.89 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 106 innings. Snow went on to attend the University of Washington, staying very close to home. Snow’s stats in college were a bit disappointing in terms of ERA. Between his freshman and sophomore year, he had a 5.29 ERA in 34 IP primarily as a reliever. If you look a little closer, Snow had a .183 batting average against and accumulated 41 strikeouts. Following his sophomore season, Snow played in the Alaska league. That summer with the Anchorage Bucs he went 4-1 with 34 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. His junior year at UW was on of his least impressive as he had a 6.30 ERA in 64 innings pitched. This didn’t stop the Mariners from drafting him that year as they have had their eye on this kid for a while.
Snow was drafted June 14th and was quickly signed and then sent to short-season Everett. He made his professional debut June 20th with Everett, throwing 1 inning, giving up 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, and striking out 1. Things really began to take off for Snow. He was quickly called up to Low-A Clinton after 25.1 innings. In those 25.1 innings, he did not allow a single run. He also had a WHIP of 0.671 and struck out 26. His success continued at Clinton, as he had a 1.35 ERA, 0.800 WHIP, and struck out 26 batters in 20 innings. His stats were terrific in his first season and Baseball America awarded him with the best Pro Debut out of the Mariners 2010 draft class.
The numbers have certainly been there thus far in his career, but does he have the stuff to keep this up? In an interview I did with Snow, he talked to me about his 3 pitch arsenal. His fastball sits anywhere from 90-95. His change up sits in the mid 70s, and with his tall build, he gets a lot of depth on his changeup. He said he has really improved in locating his curveball which has good movement. He is developing a fourth pitch which is a slider. He seems to utilize his pitches well as he has been striking out batters at a great rate.
Snow has been on a fast track through the system and he looks to start the year at High-A. He could very easily make his way to AAA Tacoma this year. It would be great for Snow to pitch for his home town team at the big league level which he could accomplish by 2012.