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Down On Other Farms: Checking In On Former Mariners Prospects

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Some have done well, and some have yet to see the field.

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This offseason saw an influx of new major league talent in Seattle, at the expense of effectively no advanced prospects. However, the team did deal away some solid long-term lottery tickets who could pay off in a couple years, so let's see how they've fared thus far, shall we?

The Adam Lind Trade

The Mariners sent three right-handed pitching prospects to the Brewers in exchange for Lind. Freddy Peralta, who turned 20 a couple days ago, has struck out 30% of the batters he's faced in A-ball so far. Peralta's walk rate has doubled from last year -- his third stint in the Rookie leagues -- but is still acceptable. Peralta has thrown 35-plus innings in 10 appearances this year.

Carlos Herrera, a not yet 19-year-old, has yet to pitch in organized ball this season. After pitching in the DSL last year,  the club expects to move him up and pitch with the rookies after the draft.

Daniel Missaki, 20, also has yet to pitch this year and may be slated for a couple starts in short-season A-ball after undergoing Tommy John surgery early last season. He's over a year removed at this point, but there's no shame in taking it slow with an arm so young.


The Joaquin Benoit Trade

Pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos has transitioned from short-season to full-season A-ball like the club would have hoped. The now 20-year-old right-hander has a 3.21 K/BB rate while throwing 52-plus innings over 11 outings (seven starts), and hasn't allowed a homer since April 21.

Nelson Ward, a nearly 24-year-old second baseman, has struggled after being pushed to Double-A to start the year. After enjoying some High Desert magic last year, he's hitting just .218 with a .295 slugging percentage.


The Others

Erick Mejia is a real shortstop prospect that we traded to get Joe Wieland this offseason, and he's struggled a bit in High-A ball for the Dodgers. Mejia, now 21 years old, did quite well last year in short-season A-ball, and although he hasn't moved quickly up the ladder since debuting in Rookie Ball as a 17 year old back in 2012, there's still some potential there to at least be a backup middle infielder.

Trey Cochran-Gill, a right-handed reliever who showed promise upon being drafted, has continued to struggle as a member of the Oakland A's. Traded for Evan Scribner, TCG has fared much better in Double-A than he did last year, but has still allowed five homers in 30 innings, walking 13.

I'm counting Jose Ramirez as a farm hand here, because its more fun. Ramirez had pitched 17-plus innings in the bigs prior to being traded to the Braves earlier this year, but even at 26 years old, he's decidealy not an MLB reliever yet. Ramirez still sits in the mid-90s and works with both a slider and changeup, but he's walked 14% of batters faced in Triple-A.