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Arkansas Travelers Roster Projection


Arkansas Travelers-Double-A Central

Projected Lineup

C Jake Anchia-25

- 2018 7th round pick by the Mariners

- Promoted to Arkansas after a 108 WRC+ in Everett

- Struggled in Double-A

- 30.8 K% and only a 6.5 BB% after being promoted

- Showed real power in Everett with twelve homers in only 48 games

1B Connor Hoover-25

- 2017 21st round pick by the Mariners

- Spent all of 2021 at Everett

- Played all four infield positions

- One homer and one steal away from a 20/20 season

- .835 OPS in 436 plate appearances

2B Kaden Polcovich-23

- 2020 3rd round pick by the Mariners

- Promoted to Arkansas after 58 games with a 147 WRC+ in Everett

- Top 20 prospect for the Mariners, with both above average speed and power

- Crushed the ball in High A but struggled after being promoted

- Will get another shot at Double-A pitching to start the season

SS Patrick Frick-25

- 2019 14th round pick by the Mariners

- Earned a promotion to Arkansas after posting a .926 in 63 High-A games

- Primary shortstop at Arkansas

- Posted average numbers in Double-A

- Cut his strikeout percentage from 22.5% to 16.7%

3B Joe Rizzo-24

- 2016 2nd round pick out of High School

- One of the longest tenured Mariners in the organization

- Spent all of 2021 in Arkansas

- Can Play 1B, 2B and 3B

- Posted a .730 OPS in 430 plate appearances

LF Zach DeLoach-24

- 2020 2nd round pick by the Mariners

- Top 10 prospect in the system

- Average corner outfield defense

- Not a big power hitter but had 33 double in Single and Double-A last season

- Earned a promotion to Arkansas with a 148 WRC+ in 58 games

CF Cade Marlowe-24

- 2019 20th round pick

- Only player in the organization with a 20/20 season in 2021

- Received the Ken Griffey Jr. Minor League Hitter of the Year Award

- Earned a promotion to Everett after only 34 games in Modesto

- Continued to crush the ball after being promoted with a .911 OPS in Everett

RF Dom Thompson-Williams-27

- Acquired in the James Paxton trade with the Yankees

- Former top 20 prospect in the system

- Above average speed and power

- Struggled with Arkansas in 2021 with a batting average below the Mendoza Line

- Facing a make or break at age 27 and still in Double-A

Bench

C David Sheaffer-26

- 2013 38th round draft pick by the Rays

- Split time at three levels in 2021

- Provides organizational draft at catcher

- Had an above average walk and strikeout rate in Arkansas

- Had a .372 OBP in 24 games for Arkansas

C/INF Joshua Morgan-26

- 2014 3rd round draft pick by the Rangers

- Spent eight years in the Rangers system

- Above average walk rate in 2021

- Potential Triple-A call up

- 108 WRC+ for Arkansas in 275 plate appearances

1B/3B Bobby Honeyman-25

- 29th round draft pick by the Mariners

- Played the entire 2021 season at Arkansas

- Showed limited power and speed

- High contact rate in all three of his minor league systems

- Had an 82 WRC+ in 345 plate appearances

1B/3B/OF Jake Scheiner-26

- 2017 4th round pick by the Phillies

- Acquired for Jay Bruce in June 2019

- Had a career high 18 home runs in 2021

- Posted a WRC+ over 100 every year in the minors

- Had .799 OPS for Arkansas last season

2B/SS/3B Jose Caballero-25

- 2017 7th round pick by the Diamond

- Acquired for SP Mike Leake and cash at the 2019 trade deadline

- Missed almost all of 2021 with injury

- Had a .869 OPS in 78 plate appearances

- Stole 33 bases in the 2019 minor league season

INF Riley Unroe-26

- Signed to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training

- Bounced between Double and Triple-A the last three minor league season

- Provides infield depth potentially at multiple levels

- Struggled at Triple-A Gwinnet in a small sample size

- Had a 104 WRC+ last year in Double-A

OF Tanner Kirwer-26

- 2017 20th round draft pick by the Blue Jays

- Claimed off waivers in December 2021

- Can play all three outfield positions

- Crushed the ball in Single-A with an .894 OPS

- Stole 43 bases across two levels

Starting Rotation

RHP George Kirby-24

- Mariners 2019 1st draft pick

- One of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball

- His fastball touches 100 MPH with elite command

- Had a 2.25 FIP and 2.77 ERA in Arkansas

- Could start the season in Arkansas or Tacoma, will almost certainly make his MLB debut this season

RHP Levi Stoudt-24

- Mariners 2019 3rd round draft pick

- 2021 was his first year of minor league actions and made fifteen starts

- Top ten prospect in the Mariners system

- Had a 3.31 ERA in 81.2 innings pitched across two levels

- Another potential MLB debut this year

RHP Isaiah Campbell-24

- Mariners 2019 2nd round draft pick

- Received the Dan Wilson Mariners community service award in 2021

- Had cleanup procedure on his elbow that cut his season short

- Could start the season in Everett or Arkansas

- 2.33 ERA with Everett in 2021

RHP Adam Hill-25

- 4th round draft pick by the Mets in 2018

- Acquired in the C Omar Narvaez trade in December 2019

- Promoted to Arkansas after only five starts in Everett

- Struggled after being promoted to Arkansas with a 6.34 ERA in 61 innings

- High strikeout rate at both levels

RHP Tim Elliott-24

- 4th round draft pick by the Mariners in 2019

- Split time as a reliever and starter in 2021

- Had high walk rates and an insane 20.8% HR/FB

- Could start the season at Everett or Arkansas

- Had a 9.84 K’s per 9 in 82.1 innings last year

Bullpen

LHP Max Roberts-24

- 7th round draft pick by the Mariners in 2017

- Spent last year at Modesto and filled in at Tacoma

- Made eighteen appearances and five of them were starts

- Could fill in the rotation or bullpen at either Everett or Arkansas

- Had a 3.97 ERA across two levels

RHP Fred Villarreal-23

- 25th round draft pick by the Mariners in 2019

- Low strikeout and walk rate with Everett

- Had a brief fill in stint in Tacoma

- Allowed a high .342 BABIP which will likely go down in 2022

- Had a 3.71 ERA in 51 innings with Everett

RHP Evan Johnson-25

- Went undrafted in 2019

- Spent almost all of the season with Everett

- Had an excellent 37.2 K%

- Pitched 26.2 innings with a 2.70 ERA

- Has the potential to move to Triple A this season

RHP Leon Hunter-25

- 35th round draft pick by the Rangers in 2019

- Acquired in a minor league trade in April 2021

- Pitched at three levels in the Mariners season

- Had a 3.00 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 54 innings with Modesto

- Could feature in the Everett or Arkansas bullpen to start the season

RHP David Ellingson-27

- 34th round draft pick in 2016 by the Mariners

- Not many players drafted in the 34th round make it six years in professional baseball

- Dominated Single-A with a 1.21 ERA in 29 innings with equally impressive peripheral numbers

- Struggled in Double-A with a 5.76 FIP in 18 innings

- Will get a second shot in Arkansas

RHP Reid Morgan-25

- 13th round draft pick by the Mariners in 2019

- Pitched at three levels in 2021

- Got one fill in outing at Triple and pitched a flawless two innings

- Had 5.40 ERA in 31 innings in Arkansas

- Could switch between the rotation or bullpen in 2022

RHP Michael Stryffeler-25

- Went undrafted in 2019

- One of the top performing minor league Mariners reliever in 2021

- Had a 2.09 ERA in 43 innings with Arkansas

- His K% of 39 was one of the highest in the entire system

- Could start the season in Double or Triple-A

RHP Collin Kober-27

- Was a 27th round pick by the Mariners in 2017

- 2021 was his third consecutive quality season at consecutively higher levels

- Had 48 strikeouts in 39.2 innings with Arkansas

- Could start next year in either Arkansas or Tacoma

- Has four consecutive seasons of double-digit strikeouts per nine

RHP Dayeison Arias

- 2017 international signing

- One of the Mariners top relief prospects

- Has a fastball that can touch 99 MPH

- Had a 2.66 ERA with 69 strikeouts across two levels last year

- Sleeper pick to make his MLB debut at some point this season

Injured

RHP Emerson Hancock

- Drafted sixth overall by the Mariners in 2020

- Currently on the edge of most top 100 prospect rankings

- Suffered a lat strain and will not pitch in Spring Training

- Made twelve starts in High and Double-A last year with overall impressive numbers

- Will likely slot into the Arkansas rotation when he is healthy