Mariners Winter League Update (Nov. 2-8)
WINTER LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS
- 10TH ANNUAL FALL STARS GAME: The AFL West Fall Stars defeated the AFL East Fall Stars 8-3 on Saturday night in the 10th Annual Fall Stars game. D.J. Peterson was the starting 1B and hit 8th, going 1-for-2 for the AFL West Fall Stars. LH David Rollins (1.0,1,1,1,1,3) allowed 1 run, walked 1 and struck out 3 in the 7th inning to earn a hold.
- HEATING UP IN A LAND DOWN UNDER: 1B/OF Kyle Petty has hit safely in 10 of 12 games, including 6 multi-hit contest with Adelaide. Overall he is batting .400 (20×50) with 12 runs scored, 4 doubles, 5 home runs, 15 RBI, 1 walk and 5 stolen bases in 12 games. Petty currently leads the Australian Baseball League in home runs (5), hits (20), slugging percentage (.780), total bases (39) and HR/AB (1/10.00), while also ranking 2nd in RBI (15), T2nd in runs scored (12) and extra-base hits (9), 3rd in stolen bases (5) and 4th in average (.400) and at-bats (50).
- LET’S GO STREAKING: INF Jordan Cowan has hit safely in 5 straight games for Adelaide, batting .476 (10×21) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 1 walk and 2 stolen bases. He drove in a season-high 4 hits on Nov. 6 vs. Melbourne (4×5, R, HR, 3 RBI) and drove in a season-high 4 runs on Nov. 8 vs. Melbourne (2×4, R, 2B, 4 RBI). Overall in 12 games, Cowan is batting .333 (18×54) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 double, 7 RBI, 2 walks and 6 stolen bases. He leads the ABL in stolen bases (6) and at-bats (54), while ranking 2nd in hits (18) and T10th in average (.333). RHP Kody Kerski is 0-1 with 2 saves and a 2.45 ERA (1 ER, 3.2 IP) in 5 relief appearances with the Bite.
- LEADING THE WAY: OF James Jones has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games with 5 multi-hit contest, batting .377 (17×45) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home runs, 5 RBI, 2 walks and 4 stolen bases with the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. Overall in 22 games with Aragua, Jones is batting .329 (28×85) with 12 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home runs, 9 RBI, 7 walks and 6 stolen bases. His 6 stolen bases currently are the 3rd-most in the VWL.
- HE’S JUST WINS: LHP Vidal Nuño is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA (4 ER, 24.0 IP) in 4 starts with Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. He has limited opponents to a .225 (20×89) average, while walking 5 and striking out 15. In his last start on Nov. 5, Nuño (7.0,3,0,0,2,2) allowed only 3 hits, walked 2 and struck out 2 in 7.0 shutout innings to earn his 4th win as Aragua defeated Zulia 2-0. Nuño did not allow an earned run (1 R) over his first 12.0 innings in first 2 starts, Oct. 17 vs. Zulia (6.0,4,0,0,1,4) and Oct. 25 at Lara (6.0,2,1,0,2,5). Nuño currently leads the VWL in wins, while ranking 4th in ERA (1.50). Also among VWL starters he ranks 3rd in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings (9.37) and 4th in lowest walk per 9.0 inning ratio (1.50).
Full Mariners Winter League Update is listed below.
MARINERS PROSPECTS PLAYING THE PREMIER 12 TOURNAMENT
The Mariners currently have 5 prospects playing in the 2015 WBSC Premier 12 tournament, including outfielders Gareth Morgan and Tyler O’Neill are currently representing Team Canada, RHP Emilio Pagan and LHP Nick Valenza are on Team Puerto Rico and INF Gianfranco Wawoe is on the Team Netherlands roster.
The first-ever WBSC Premier 12 will determine the best overall National Team. Nations have qualified for the 2015 WBSC Premier12 based on their Top 12 finish in the final 2014 WBSC Baseball World Rankings, which are based on the performance of each country’s U-12, U-15, U-18, U-21 and men’s National Teams in official international competitions sanctioned by WBSC. The men’s National Teams from the Top 12 nations earned the right to have their top players compete in Japan and Taiwan on this head-to-head 2015 WBSC Premier 12 stage, which will run from 8-21 November.
To follow along, go to: http://wbsc.org/en/tournaments/2015-premier12 for all the latest information.
MINOR LEAGUE FREE AGENTS
Sometimes called a “Six-Year Minor League Free-Agent,” an unsigned minor league player is automatically declared a free-agent on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series if the player has had his first contract renewed six times and has spent all or any part of at least seven separate seasons on a minor league roster (including all or parts of any season spent on Optional Assignment to the minors), and/or if the player has been previously released or non-tendered in his career and his present contract (known as a “second contract” even if it’s his third or fourth minor league contract) has expired.
A minor league free-agent can sign a contract with any major league or minor league club (including the player’s former club) without any restrictions. A club receives no compensation for losing an Article XX-B, Article XX-D, Article XIX-A, or MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent.
Teams can renew a player’s UPC six times—for the 20010-15 seasons, in the case of 2009 draft picks—before the player either is declared a minor league free agent or his club makes him a major leaguer by adding him to the 40-man roster.
Major League Baseball grants free agency to all eligible players—major and minor league alike—five days after the conclusion of the World Series. Below is a list of players that played in the Mariners organization in 2015 that are now minor league free agents:
- INF/OF Leury Bonilla (AAA)
- RHP Joselito Cano (Short-A)
- 1B Ji-Man Choi (AAA)
- LHP Anthony Fernandez (AA)
- OF Arby Fields (A)
- RHP Oliver Garcia (AA)
- LHP James Gillheeney (AA)
- RHP Moises Hernandez (AA)
- RHP Luis Jimenez (Rookie-DSL)
- 1B Jordy Lara (AA)
- 1B Pat Leyland (A)
- LHP Lucas Luetge (AAA)
- RHP Ramon Morla (High-A)
- RHP JC Ramirez (AAA)
- OF Burt Reynolds (A)
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez (AA)
- RHP Kyle Schepel (AAA)
- C Carlton Tanabe (High-A)
- RHP Richard Vargas (AA)
- RHP Chien-Ming Wang (AAA)
CHECKING IN WITH OUTFIELDER DARIO PIZZANO
Pizzano was the Mariners 15th round selection in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Columbia University. Over 4 minor league seasons with the Mariners, Pizzano is batting .296 (386×1303) with 201 runs scored, 101 doubles, 17 triples, 27 home runs, 208 RBI, 178 walks and a .383 on-base percentage in his career. He was on pace for a career season, including being named a Southern League All-Star, before his season was cut short sprained a ligament in the bottom of his right hand.
Check out this MiLB.com recent feature on Pizzano and his opportunity to play in the Arizona Fall League after missing the second half of the 2015 season due to injury.
Here is Pizzano’s 2015 season highlights with the Jackson Generals:
OF Dario Pizzano spent season with AA Jackson, batting .308 (68×221) with 26 runs scored, 13 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs, 33 RBI, 2 HBP, 19 walks and 2 stolen bases in 58 games.
- Overall – Hit safely in 43 of 58 games he has appeared with the Generals.
- Let’s Go Streaking – Recorded a career-high 25-game hitting streak, April 16-May 17…during the streak hit .396 (40×101) with 11 runs scored, 5 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run, 14 RBI, 5 walks and 2 stolen bases.
- Pizzano’s 25-game hit streak is the longest in his career, surpassing a career-high 19-game hitting streak with Clinton in 2013 (19 G, 8/7-25/13 w/Clinton).
- Pizzano set a franchise record hitting in 26 straight games, breaking the prior mark of 20 games set by Jeff Frazier with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx in 2007.
- Pizzano’s 25-game hitting streak is the longest by a Mariners farmhand this season…ranks as the 3rd-longest hitting streak in the minor leagues this season, trailing only 26-game hitting streak by Hector Martinez (DSL Tigers) and Michael Pierson (Orem)…Pizzano is 1 of 19 players this season to record a hitting streak of at least 20 games, including 1 of 3 Mariners farmhands (Franklin Gutierrez-TAC, 20 & Drew Jackson-EVE, 20).
- Multi-Hits – Recorded 19 multi-hit games, including 6 season-high 3-hit games.
- What a Game – Went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 triple, 6 RBI and 1 walk on May 27 vs. Montgomery…set a career-high in RBI (previous: 5 RBI, 6/2/14 vs. Huntsville w/Jackson) and were the 2nd-most RBI by a Generals player in a single game this season, trailing only Jabari Blash’s 7 RBI.
- All-Star – Named to the Southern League All-Star Team, but did not play due to injury.
- Injury Report – Placed on the disabled list with a sprained ligament in right hand on June 25 for the remainder of the season.