Happy Hump Day Mariners fans! I sincerely (and unrealistically) hope that by the time you’re reading this, it’s a mere afterthought because Jerry has struck and reeled in the first of many, necessary free agents. Assuming that has not happened, here is some fun updates on the guys in the Mariners organization that are participating in offseason leagues!
Arizona Fall League
1B/OF Eric Filia, Peoria Javelinas
Stats update: 19-54, .352/.438/.611, 3 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB, 9 BB, 5 SO
Filia extended his on-base streak to 16 games on Tuesday as he went 0-3 with a walk. Filia has walked almost twice as often as he’s struck out, and has made a habit of collecting extra bases when he does put the ball in play. Filia has been used exclusively as a right fielder for the Javelinas over his last several games.
OF Braden Bishop, Peoria Javelinas
Stats update: 11-37, .297/.366/.351, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB, 3 BB, 9 SO
Bishop’s been on a little hot streak of his own as of late, picking up six hits over his last three (not counting the Fall Stars Game). He struck out in his lone plate appearance in the Fall Stars Game back on Saturday after entering as a defensive replacement. Bishop has mysteriously not appeared in a game yet this week.
OF Kyle Lewis, Peoria Javelinas
You know this by now, but Lewis was removed from the Javelinas’ roster and will continue rehabbing his knee as opposed to getting live-game action.
C Joe DeCarlo, Peoria Javelinas
Stats update: 1-13, .077/.071/.077, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 0 BB, 4 SO
I really hope Joe DeCarlo is getting in a lot of work in practices in drills, because he just is not playing for the Javelinas. He’s appeared in just one game in the last week and a half.
RHP Matt Festa, Peoria Javelinas
Stats update: 6 G, 6.0 IP, 10.50 ERA, 2.33 WHIP, .370 BAA, 7 ER, 10 H, 4 BB, 8 SO
Festa also appeared in the Fall Stars Game, and while his selection to the game was a little suspect, he did not disappoint when he was called upon for duty, recording two punchouts in a spotless inning of work. Note that he hasn’t issued a walk, an issue that plagued him early on this season, in any of his last four outings (including the Fall Stars Game).
RHP Art Warren, Peoria Javelinas
Stats update: 7 G, 8.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, .111 BAA, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 SO
Warren, who is coming off his first full season as a reliever, is turning lots of heads lately, and for good reason. He’s leading the Javelinas in saves (albeit with two) and has yet to be scored upon this season. Bobby DeMuro over at Baseball Cenus just released this interview with him earlier this week.
RHP Max Povse, Peoria Javelinas
Stats update: 5 GS, 19.2 IP, 5.49 ERA, 1.37WHIP, .269 BAA, 12 ER, 21 H, 6 BB, 21 SO
On the bright side, Povse worked 5.0 innings in each of his last two starts, a personal best on the season. On the down side, he coughed up two earned runs each time he reached the elusive fifth inning. Povse’s making it clear why there was an attempt to convert him to a relief role in 2017. At this point, my best guess is that he’ll report to camp as a starter, but he could easily wind up a reliever by Opening Day.
RHP Darin Gillies, Peoria Javelinas
Stats update: 5 G, 5.0 IP, 1.80 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, .286 BAA, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 SO
Gillies has been used sparingly, but has been effective when deployed. He hasn’t been scored on in any of his last four outings, and has allowed just one run total in his five appearances on the season.
Dominican Professional Baseball League
RHP Bryan Evans, Toros del Este
Stats update: 4 GS, 18.2 IP, 1.93 ERA, 1.34WHIP, .250 BAA, 4 ER, 17 H, 8 BB, 16 SO
The 30-year old Evans got his LIDOM season started with a ridiculous 18.0 consecutive scoreless innings. He got roughed up a bit his last time out as that streak ended, allowing four earned on five hits and three walks without registering a strikeout over 3.2 innings.
RHP Jonathan Aro, Tigres del Licey
Stats update: 8 G, 6.2 IP, 6.75 ERA, 1.95 WHIP, .355 BAA, 5 ER, 11 H, 2 BB, 2 SO
Aro’s last two outings have been his best of the season, however the strikeout stuff just still isn’t there. He went Saturday and Monday, combining for 3.0 scoreless innings, but didn’t strike out anybody, and surrendered three hits. It’s looking increasingly unlikely we’ll see Aro in Seattle again.
Mexican Pacific League
C Juan Camacho, Caneros de los Mochis
Stats update: 4-16, .250/.333/.250, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 2 SO
Camacho, 21, has logged just seven at-bats since we last checked in on him, going 3-7 with an RBI and a walk. All four of the backstops hits on the season have been singles.
RHP Evan Marshall, Venados de Mazatlan
Stats update: 12 G, 11.1 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, .283 BAA, 4 ER, 13 H, 2 BB, 10 SO
Marshall is making up for lost time this winter, as he’s been every-other day almost religiously. Other than a hiccup last Wednesday when he was tagged for four runs in two-thirds of an innings, he’s been lights out, tossing 10.2 scoreless innings.
Venezuelan Professional Baseball League
RHP Dylan Unsworth, Leones Del Caracas
Stats update: 5 GS, 24.0 IP, 3.38 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, .309 BAA, 9 ER, 30 H, 4 BB, 12 SO
Unsworth lasted just 3.2 innings in an October 28 outing in which he allowed four earned runs on five hits, but correct course with his most recent outing, a 6.0 innings, three-hit scoreless gem. Unsworth apparently took advantage of some aggressive hitting, as he managed to post shut down the Aguilas over six innings on just sixty-five pitching, recording not a single strikeout, contributing to one of the more interesting splits you’ll ever see:
RHP Seth Frankoff, Leones Del Caracas
Stats update: 3 GS, 10.2 IP, 4.22 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, .282 BAA, 5 ER, 11 H, 2 BB, 8 SO
Frankoff worked 4.2 innings in his last start, his best in three chances for the Leones this season. He surrendered two runs on three hits and a walk, notching two strikeouts.
RHP Ryan Kelly, Cardenales De Lara
Stats update: 10 G, 14.0 IP, 1.29 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, .095 BAA, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 10 SO
Kelly has picked right up where he left off, parlaying his strong second half of the 2017 season into an equally impressive stint here with the Cardenales. He’s currently riding a 10.1 inning scoreless streak over which he’s issued just one walk and one strikeout while fanning seven. I wouldn’t be shocked to see his name pop up now and then at big league camp this spring.
RHP Scott Kuzminsky, Cardenales De Lara
Stats update: 5 G, 5.1 IP, 5.06 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .286 BAA, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 3 SO
Nothing new here. The Tacoma native Kuzminsky hasn’t seen game action in over two weeks.
RHP Tyler Knigge, Cardenales De Lara
Knigge has apparently left the Cardenales due to a family emergency. Keep him and his family in your thoughts!
C Yojhan Quevedo, Cardenales De Lara
Stats update: 9-27, .333/.345/.593, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB, 1 BB, 1 SO
The Venezuelan backstop has been a run-producing machine as of late, picking up 11 RBI in his last seven games. He’s earned his way into regular playing time with his recent hot stretch, building upon a strong 2017 campaign. With the current lack of real interesting catchers in the system, Quevedo provides a bit of intrigue.
OF Chuck Taylor, Cardenales De Lara
Stats update: 30-95, .316/.369/.432, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB, 8 BB, 14 SO
Taylor has heated back up a bit over the last two weeks, and has shown impressive discipline over that span, registering a 7:4 walk to strikeout ratio over his last 10 after starting the year with going 1:10 in that department. His current .369 OBP is identical to the mark he finished the 2017 season with at Double-A.
UTIL Adam Law, Cardenales De Lara
Stats update: 22-65, .338/.456/.477, 5 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 16 RBI, 0 SB, 10 BB, 17 SO
Law has continued to torment LVBP pitching, giving Mariners of taste of the player he demonstrated he was back in 2016 when he posted a 148 wRC+ in 47 games with the M’s Double-A affiliate. He’s reached base 15 times in the last 10 games for the Cardenales while playing almost exclusively first base, a position he’s player just for two innings in his entire 347 game professional career.