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Mariners Moose Tracks, 7/19/22: Home Run Derby, Juan Soto, MLB Draft, and Bruce Bochy

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2022 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Home Run Derby was the headliner, but the All-Star Break can hardly be considered the latter word of its title these days. With the MLB Draft in full swing and a bevy of news, in part stemming from All-Star Game Media Day, we’ve got links for you right here.

In Mariners news:

  • Julio Rodríguez had his national welcoming party last night, as the 21-year-old absolutely shone, driving 81 home runs as he defeated reigning two-time Home Run Derby winner Pete Alonso before falling in the finals to Juan Soto. National Media noticed, with Fox Sports highlighting Julio’s night, and The Athletic calling it a changing of the guard.
  • A few of the NBA’s biggest stars had their eyes on Julio as well.
  • So you might be interested in Juan Soto, eh? Baseball America ($) looked into which clubs - purely based on prospect capital - would be capable of acquiring the 23-year-old star.
  • There’s no better barometer for when the Seattle Mariners have captured the fervor of the region than when they are opening up the upper deck in right field once more. Oh, and Friday night’s game is now already sold out.
  • Some nice kudos for RHP Emerson Hancock for his lights out performance at the MLB Futures Game on Sunday.
  • Prospects Live dug into a number of players they see as well-suited to thrive in the systems they were selected by, including M’s RHP Walter Ford.
  • Good news for the M’s as they made another batch of selections on day two of the MLB Draft, including several young pitchers. Keep track of the rest of the draft with our Draft Tracker.
  • Complex league games are rarely if ever publicly filmed, so we’re reliant on clips posted by players to track progress. Here’s former top international signee Juan Querecuto slinging the ball as he makes his conversion from SS to pitcher.

Around the League:

  • The Angels placed Mike Trout on the injured list with what they’re calling “rib cage inflammation”, using the All-Star Break to give their star just a couple more days missed. Correspondingly, they’ve brought back Phil Gosselin from waivers from the Braves.
  • That said, Mike Trout committed to playing in the World Baseball Classic next spring and will be the captain for Team USA, gracing the tournament with his presence after opting out in 2017.
  • In other WBC news, Team France has secured a future Hall of Famer for their squad - in the dugout at least - as Bruce Bochy will manage their club.
  • Despite being arguably the face of the franchise for the best team in the National League, at least on the position player side, Mookie Betts still struggles at times with his self-belief, from Jorge Castillo at the L.A. Times.
  • Understandably but disappointingly, Shohei Ohtani will not pitch today at the All-Star Game, choosing to prioritize pitching in the second half opener for Anaheim.
  • The progression of investigation of MLB’s antitrust exemption continues.
  • The Texas Rangers have a deal with one of the biggest names - and surprises - of the draft in RHP Kumar Rocker.

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