Sadly, my friends, our fun has come to an end. The minor league season has ended and while the Mariners continue to battle for a wildcard spot, it almost feels meaningless without the ability to check on our beloved minor league stars. I'll be doing a more thorough recap of Tacoma's season next week, so there isn't too much in their section this week.
Before we jump in, let's take a look at the year-end minor league offensive statistical leaders within the M's organization:
|Batting Average||Home Runs||Runs Batted In||Stolen Bases|
|1. Jordy Lara, .337 (174-for-520)||1. D.J. Peterson, 31||1. D.J. Peterson, 111||1. Aaron Barbosa, 52|
|2. Gabby Guerrero, .307 (165-for-538)||2. Jabari Henry, 30||2. Jordy Lara, 104||2. Jack Reinheimer, 39|
|3. Ketel Marte, .304 (158-for-519)||3. Jordy Lara, 26||3. Patrick Kivlehan, 103||3. Xavier Avery, 31|
|4. Estarlyn Morales, .303 (63-for-208)||4. Patrick Kivlehan, 20||4. Gabby Guerrero, 96||4. Ketel Marte, 29|
|5. D.J. Peterson, .297 (147-for-495)||T5. Jabari Blash, 18||5. Jabari Henry, 95||T5. Leon Landry, 25|
|6. Patrick Kivlehan, .295 (153-for-519)||T5.Gabby Guerrero, 18||T5. Travis Witherspoon, 25|
|7. Arby Fields, .292 (62-for-212)|
|8. Jabari Henry, .291 (125-for-430)|
|9. Jesus Montero, .286 (104-for-364)|
|10. Tyler Smith, .284 (140-for-493)|
AAA Tacoma Rainiers (74-70, Pacific Coast League)
The Rainiers ended their year in third place in the PCL's Pacific North Division. In all, 6 players who spent time in Tacoma made their big league debuts this season. Roenis Elias and Stefen Romero each made their respective debuts after starting the year in Seattle, but made some AAA appearances throughout the season. Dominic Leone was on Tacoma's opening day roster, but never appeared in a game for them, as we was called up on April 3rd. James Jones made his first MLB appearance on April 18th, going 1-for-1 against the Miami Marlins, Chris Taylor made his debut on July 24th against the Baltimore Orioles and Carson Smith just made his on Monday against the Oakland Athletics.
AA Jackson Generals (63-76, Southern League)
A High Desert Mavericks (66-74, California League)
Reliever Andrew Kittredge had himself a fantastic year, striking out a career-high 117 batters in 89.2 innings between High Desert, Jackson and Everett. In 42 relief appearances with High Desert, Kittredge fanned 112 batters in 82.2 innings (12.19 strikeouts per 9.0 innings).
Gabby Guerrero, Burt Reynolds and Jack Reinheimer each finished the year with 6-game hitting streaks. Reynolds put up some pretty great numbers during his streak, batting batting .500 with 2 walks, 9 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 3 runs batted in.
A Clinton LumberKings (61-77, Midwest League)
Short-A Everett AquaSox (28-48, Northwest League)
Rookie Pulaski Mariners (36-30, Appalachian League)
Rookie AZL Mariners (31-22, Arizona League)
Right-handed pitcher Osmel Morales finished the year on a strong note, going 4-0 over his last six game (3 starts). During those games, Morales struck out 36 batters, walked 8 and posted an impressive 0.75 ERA with a .173 opponent batting average.
In his final 6 games of the season, relief pitcher Ronald Dominguez didn't allow a single earned run in 16.2 innings. On the year, Dominguez pitched 42.1 innings over the course of 17 relief appearances. In those 17 appearances, Dominguez went 5-1 with 2 saves and a 0.43 ERA.