Mariners Renew PDC Agreements with Minor League Affiliates
The Mariners renewed their Player Development Contract with the Jackson Generals, their Double-A affiliate, the High Desert Mavericks, their Single-A Advanced affiliate, the Clinton LumberKings, their Single-A affiliate and Rookie Pulaski today. The Player Development Contracts, which would have run out at the end of the 2012 season, has been extended to cover the 2013-14 seasons. The Mariners had previously announced extensions with Single-A Short season Everett (2-year) and their Triple-A affiliate the Tacoma Rainiers are currently in a four-year player development contract, guaranteeing the agreement through the end of the 2014 season.
The Mariners have had the same six full season affiliates since the 2009 season and both Tacoma and Everett have been part of the Seattle organization for the last 18 seasons. Twenty-two of the 34 players on the Mariners current roster at some point in their career appeared in games with a Mariners Minor League affiliate, including 10 players that were drafted by the Mariners and worked their way up through the system.
The Mariners nine minor league affiliates put together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 496-406 (.550) record with six of the nine teams qualifying for postseason play. The organization led all Major League farm systems in wins (496) and winning percentage (.550). The Mariners 496 organizational wins set a new record for wins in a single season by any Major League farm system. Amongst all of the full-season minor league clubs, Mariners affiliates ranked in the top 5 in average, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, runs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
The Mariners catchers combined to lead the minor leagues with a .410 caught stealing percentage. Catcher John Hicks led not only California League with a .538 caught stealing percentage, but also ranked first amongst all full season qualifying catchers. It was the highest in the league since Jose Felix had .629 caught stealing percentage with Bakersfield. Catcher Jesus Sucre was named to the Southern League Post-Season All-Star team, as the league’s top catcher. Sucre was one of only 5 qualifying catchers in the Minor Leagues this season to not commit an error.
The High Desert Mavericks led all Minor League teams with a .303 batting average this season. The Mavericks led the league in nearly every offensive category, while breaking franchise records in average, hits, RBI and runs scored.
Mariners fans can take the opportunity now to get to know some of the future stars that will be on the Mariners roster over the next couple of years. Pitchers Erasmo Ramirez, Stephen Pryor and Carter Capps each made the jump to the Majors this season. Players like Mike Zunino, Danny Hultzen, Stefen Romero, Brad Miller, James Paxton, Taijuan Walker and Nick Franklin are just a few of the names that could soon to become household names.