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Mariners Moose Tracks, 1/5/21: Baseball America Prospect Rankings, Daniel Gossett, and Curt Casali

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In Mariners News...

  • Baseball America has released its latest 2021 Prospect Rankings, with Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez leading the top 10 once again. Read about the complete list, future lineup projections, and more in BA’s latest.
  • Eric Vickrey at SABR takes an in-depth look back at Alvin Davis’ 1984 Mariners debut and the glimpse it was of many successful years to come.

Around The League...

  • Britt Ghiroli at The Athletic profiles former minor leaguers and the major impact marijuana testing had on them and their careers. As baseball starts to alter its procedures and guidelines related to marijuana, its changes are unfortunately reaching many players too late.
  • The Red Sox have hired Bianca Smith as a minor league position coach, making her the first Black female coach in the history of professional baseball!
  • It’s no secret that it’s becoming harder and harder for starting pitchers to win games, so Rob Mains at Baseball Prospectus takes a really interesting look at why this may be. ($)
  • The Red Sox have signed former A’s RHP Daniel Gossett to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training included.
  • The Giants have signed veteran catcher Curt Casali to a one-year/$1.5 million deal as a favorite to back up Buster Posey.