*Dustin Ackley: Second overall pick in the 2009 draft. Was Baseball America's 11th and then 12th-best prospect. Truth is, he didn't tear apart the minor leagues (.280), but did draw more walks than strikeouts, and his decent rookie performance (.273/.348/.417) suggested he'd develop into a decent hitter. Definitely the most difficult one here to explain. *Justin Smoak: No. 13 prospect in 2010. His 24 home runs in 702 minor league at-bats suggests his power potential was always overrated anyway. Maybe remaking himself as well ... he's drawing walks now but a .698 OPS from a first baseman isn't exactly middle-of-the-order material. *Jesus Montero: Minor league numbers were impressive for his age, but the fact that he hit worse his second year in Triple-A was probably a bad sign in retrospect. Remember, this guy was BA's No. 4, No. 3 and No. 6 prospect three years running based on his sure thing as a hitter. *Michael Saunders: A May 13 headline in the Seattle Times reads, "Michael Saunders has gone from flop to force at the plate." Since then he's hit .109 (5-for-46) and is down to .217 with a sub-.300 OBP. Was BA's No. 30 prospect heading into 2010. He now has over 1,300 major league PAs and owns a career .219/.283/.366 line. I thought he had a breakthrough last year but now all bets are off. *Carlos Triunfel: BA's No. 62 prospect after debuting in the States at age 17. Remained in the top 100 the next year. Power never developed, undoubtedly aided by his poor plate discipline (35 SO, 7 BB in Triple-A this year). *Adam Moore: No. 83 before 2010, his minor league numbers were good, not great, but he was a catcher. Hit .195 as a rookie. Then came a bunch of injuries. *Jeff Clement: Drafted third overall in the loaded 2005 draft, peaked at No. 33 on the BA prospect lists. Just a misfire. A costly one. *Jose Lopez: Peaked as Baseball America's No. 38 prospect and reached the majors at age 20 and even made the All-Star team his first full season. But his willingness to swing at pretty much anything (never walked 30 times in a season) ruined his career. *Jeremy Reed: Acquired from the White Sox in the Freddy Garcia trade, he had hit .373 with 70 walks and 36 strikeouts in 2003 between A and Double-A. But a .289 average in Triple-A in 2004, the year the Mariners acquired him, suggests a guy who was probably overrated as the No. 25 prospect. *Chris Snelling: Three-time top-100 prospect, as high as No. 39. Couldn't stay healthy. The one guy here who I'm convinced would have hit.http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/36413/time-for-mariners-to-fire-eric-wedge
There once was a new baseball gamethread. Since the other one's so slow it may be dead. We can talk about Smoak Though his hitting is a joke. At least Casper first got nailed in his forehead.
"He was able to stay behind the baseball and get out in front." Willis on Bonderman.http://blog.thenewstribune.com/mariners/2013/02/16/a-few-quick-notes-and-link/#storylink=cpy
I wouldn’t say the Seattle Mariners organization is the deepest system in the majors but it has some of the best upper-tier talent among the 30 baseball clubs. What’s even more impressive with the organization is that so many of those top prospects are pitchers and up-the-middle position players. Also, unlike a lot of the top systems in the game, the bulk of Seattle’s talent is at the double-A and triple-A level suggesting better days are ahead for the Mariners and their fans.Marc Hulet, Fangraphs
"The fans have spoken, and Brendan Ryan was selected as best fielder of 2012."http://www.insidethebook.com/ee/index.php/site/article/globe_gloves_fans_scouting_report_2012/
I just want to go out and get a lot of wins and strike a lot of people out. I just want to win.Felix, who was barely 18, talking in early 2004. Thank you, Felix.
Munenori Kawasaki was trying to do his regular stretching routine on the floor in front of his locker but was being tormented by Felix, who was up this morning watching Team USA beat Spain in the gold medal game of the Olympics. Felix, wearing his Dwyane Wade Miami Heat jersey, kept running out of the training room and lobbing a small rubber ball at Kawasaki on the floor. Then a hilarious dialogue between the two would break out, little of which could be understood by anyone. "Munenori!" Felix exclaimed. "Fifinori!" Kawasaki answered. "I am needing storage, understand?" "Hai hai!" Felix answered. "I understand. Wait, no. I don't understand!"Shannon's blog.
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The best, worst, and probable situation for this year's MarinersWhat would you, LL, consider the best case, worst case, and most likely situations for the outcome of this year's Mariner Baseball Season? Post your response in the comments like this: E.G. Best Case: Montero gets to catch more as the year goes on, Smoak makes it through the year without injuries, and both hit 30 homers. Carp hits 20 homers, and the team average resides around .255. The rotation thrives behind the one-two-three punch of Felix, Vargas, and Noesi, and Paxton comes up midway through the year. Worst Case: Gutierrez hits a snag in rehab which saps the strength he had over Spring Training. Saunders shows little improvement at the plate, and Figgins regresses back into the hitter he was in 2010-2011. Ackley is always playing slightly banged up and his numbers show it, and he finishes hitting .260. Montero and Smoak combine for 28 home runs. Carp's defense proves to be a liability, and Olivo is always catching question marks outside of Felix, who has a slight drop in velocity. Probable: Montero catches more and more throughout the season, though Olivo stays in for most games. Smoak and Montero combine for 46 dingers, and Carp comes back and becomes an average starter, though his below average defense keeps him out of crucial situations. Gutierrez comes back slightly weaker, and it takes until late June for him to get going. Figgins regresses slightly, and hits .250, while Ichiro hits .280. The rotation is marginal at best, and Hultzen and Paxton finish the year in AAA.
Winning pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen, who tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Felix Hernandez, was so taken by the fans he saw at his team's first exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers that he decided to join them. When Hanshin played the A's on Monday, Wilhelmsen went out to the right field bleachers to join the Tigers' supporters...He tried to sing along with them in Japanese when the Tigers were hitting but had trouble figuring out the words."I couldn't,'' he said. "I was trying to but they have a different song for everything and every different player.'' None of the fans, he said, appeared to know who he was. He figures they thought he was some energetic American tourist.Seattle Times