Mariners Winter League Update
The 2014 season might be over for the Mariners, but there are a number of players from the organization that are continuing to play in various Winter Leagues all around the world.
The Mariners organization has had 22 players appear in a Winter League game already this season and more expected to play in the upcoming weeks.
The Arizona Fall League provides all Major League organizations the opportunity to continue the development of their top prospects. Each club contributes players to make up the league, which consists of six teams, each stocked by five Big League clubs. The Mariners prospects play for the Surprise Saguaros, along with players from the Red Sox, Reds, Padres and Rangers organizations. The roster includes right-handed pitchers Matt Anderson, Matt Brazis and Stephen Landazuri , left-handed pitcher Scott DeCecco, catcher John Hicks and infielders Patrick Kivlehan and D.J. Peterson. The AFL will run through the Championship game on November 15.
Peterson represented the Mariners on the AFL West roster in the Arizona Fall League 9th annual Fall Stars Game presented by Bowman Baseball Cards on Saturday, November 1 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. He went 0-for-2 as a pinch hitter/third baseman in the game as the AFL East defeated the AFL West 6-2.
C John Hicks has recorded 7 of his 12 hits over his last 3 starts, including consecutive 3-hit games on Oct. 30 at Salt River (3×4, R, 3B, HR, RBI) and Nov. 3 at Glendale (3×5, 3 R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, SB). Overall he is batting .316 (12×38) with 8 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBI, 2 walks and 2 stolen base in 10 games with the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League. Hicks has also been solid behind the plate, throwing out 7 of 15 attempted base stealers (.467), which is the 2nd-highest caught stealing percentage in the Arizona Fall League among catchers with at least 15 attempts (Pedro Severino, Mesa – 8 CS, 15 ATT). He also leads all catchers in the league with 14 assists and has not committed an error in 87 total chances.
Winter ball is also played in Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mexico. At the end of the season, the champions of each league play each other in the Caribbean Series.
INF Carlos Rivero, who was claimed off waivers by the Mariners from the Boston Red Sox on Monday, is currently playing for the Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League. After hitting .214 (3×14) over his first 4 games with Lara, Rivero is batting .340 (18×53) with 9 runs scored, 2 doubles, 5 home runs, 10 RBI and 6 walks in last 15 games. During this stretch he raised his VWL average from .214 to .313. Overall he is batting .313 (21×67) with 11 runs scored, 2 doubles, 6 home runs, 11 RBI and 7 walks over 17 games. Rivero currently leads the Venezuelan Winter League in home runs (6), slugging percentage (.612) and home runs per at-bat ratio (1/11.17), while also ranking T3rd in total bases (41).
RHP Emilio Pagan opened up his winter league assignment with a win on Nov. 1 as Carolina defeated Mayaguez 8-1. Pagan struck out 1 in 2.0 perfect innings to earn the win in his Peurto Rican Winter League debut. He led all Mariners farmhands with 16 saves with Clinton in 2014, gong 2-3 with a 2.89 ERA (18 ER, 56.0 IP) in 42 relief appearances with the LumberKings.
INF Gabriel Noriega has hit safely in 9 of his last 11 games with 6 multi-hit contests since Oct. 23. During this stretch he is batting .419 (18×43) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 walks and 1 stolen bases and has raised his season average from .268 to .333. Overall he is batting .329 (27×82) with 13 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 6 RBI, 4 walks and 1 stolen base in 22 games with the Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League. Noriega’s .329 average is currently T8th in the VWL.
If it is cold and drizzling in Seattle it is most likely hot and sunny in Australia. LHP Will Mathis and RHP Troy Scott are representing the Mariners as members of the Adelaide Bite.