Mariners Winter League Update – November 16-22

WINTER LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • LHP Ryan Horstman went 0-0 with a 0.93 ERA (1 ER, 9.2 IP), while walking 6 and striking out 5 in 9 relief appearances with the Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. He limited opponents to a .226 (7×31) average, including a .167 (4×24) clip vs. right-handed batters. He tossed 8.1 scoreless innings over his first 8 games, before allowing a solo home run in his appearance on Nov. 17 vs. Scottsdale (1.1,2,1,1,1,1,HR).
  • LHP James Paxton is 2-4 with a 4.60 ERA (15 ER, 29.1 IP) in 7 starts with the Javelina’s. He has limited opponents to .308 (37×120) average, while walking 8 and striking out 29 batters. In his last start he recorded the loss in Peoria’s 0-5 loss at Scottsdale on Nov. 18 (5.0,8,3,3,0,7).
  • After allowing 2 runs in his first appearance with Peoria, LHP David Rollins has allowed only 1 run on 4 hits and struck out 4 over his last 8 games (7.2 IP). Overall he wrapped up his AFL campaign, going 0-0 with 1 save and a 2.79 ERA (3 ER, 9.2 IP) in 9 relief appearances. He limited opponents to a .222 (8×36) average, while walking 3 and striking out 11.
  • 1B/OF Kyle Petty has hit safely in 15 of 18 games, including 9 multi-hit contests with Adelaide. Overall he is batting .394 (28×71) with 14 runs scored, 5 doubles, 7 home runs, 22 RBI, 3 walks and 6 stolen bases in 18 games with the Bite in the ABL. Since Nov. 1, he is batting .429 (18×42) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 6 home runs, 19 RBI and 4 stolen bases in last 11 games. Petty currently leads the Australian Baseball League in home runs (7), slugging percentage (.761), total bases (54) and HR/AB (1/10.14), while also ranking T1st in extra-base hits (12), T2nd in hits (28) and stolen bases (6), 3rd in RBI (22) and average (.394) and T4th in runs scored (14).
  • INF Jordan Cowan has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games for Adelaide, batting .356 (16×45) with 7 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 2 walks and 4 stolen bases. Overall in 18 games, Cowan is batting .308 (24×78) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 3 walks and 8 stolen bases. He leads the ABL in stolen bases (8), while ranking 3rd in at-bats (77).
  • RHP Kody Kerski is 1-1 with 4 saves and a 1.35 ERA (1 ER, 6.2 IP) in 8 relief appearances with the Bite. Since moving to the closer role on Nov. 6, he is 1-0 with 4 saves (4-for-4 in save opportunities) over 5 scoreless outings (5.0 IP). During this stretch he has allowing only 3 hits, walked 0 and struck out 5.
  • LHP Vidal Nuño is 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA (9 ER, 41.0 IP) in 7 starts with Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. He has limited opponents to a .225 (34×151) average, while walking 5 and striking out 27. He has not allowed a walk in his last 3 starts (17.0 IP). 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 is currently leads in the VWL in WHIP (0.95), while ranking 2nd in wins (5), 5th in ERA (1.98). Also among VWL starters he ranks 1st in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings (8.56) and in lowest walk per 9.0 inning ratio (0.88).

MARINERS RE-SIGN MINOR LEAGUERS FIELDS AND SCHEPEL

The Mariners have re-signed minor league free agents OF Arby Fields and RHP Kyle Schepel to contracts for the 2016 seasons. Here are 2015 recaps for Fields and Schepel.

OF Arby Fields, 24, spent season with Single-A Clinton in the Midwest League, batting .262 (83×317) with 51 runs scored, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 23 RBI, 57 walks and 28 stolen bases in 91 games.

  • League Leader – Finished T3rd in the Midwest League in on base percentage (.379) and T7th with 28 stolen bases.
  • Impressive Streak – Reached base safely in 35 consecutive games, April 28-July 1…during the streak he hit .328 (41×125) with 32 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 15 RBI, 35 walks and 10 stolen bases…his streak was the 2nd-longest in the Midwest League this season.
  • Hit Streak – Hit safely in a season-high 9-game hitting streak (10 G), April 28-May 27…during this stretch hit .483 (14×29) with 11 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 5 RBI, 5 walks and 3 stolen bases.
  • Multi-Hits – Recorded 25 multi-hit games, including 5 season-high 3-hit games.
  • About the Injury – On the 7-day Disabled List, May 1-19 with right oblique strain.
  • Where He Came From – Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 34th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft from Los Osos HS (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), but did not sign…selected San Diego Padres in the 27th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft Draft from Cypress College (Cypress, CA).
  • Welcome to Seattle – Signed a minor league contract with Seattle on Oct. 11, 2013; resigned by Seattle on Oct. 17, 2014 and Nov. 17, 2015.

RHP Kyle Schepel, 25, went 1-3 with 4 saves and a 3.21 ERA (15 ER, 42.0 IP) in 25 relief appearances combined between Single-A Clinton in the Midwest League, Single-A Bakersfield in the California League and Triple-A Tacoma in the PCL.

  • Welcome to Seattle – Signed a minor league contract on June 3, 2015…released from MiL contract by the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 28.
  • Clinton Highlights – Made 2 relief appearances with Clinton, June 8-14.
  • California Dreaming – Spent the majority of the season with Bakersfield, appearing in 22 games in relief, June 15-Sept. 5…limited opponents to a .192 (25×130) average, while walking 15 and striking out 45.
  • Lucky 11 – Averaged 11.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (45 SO, 36.2 IP), including striking out a season-high 5 batters: July 8 at San Jose (3.2,4,1,1,1,5) and Aug. 20 at San Jose (2.0,1,0,0,1,5).
  • Finding a Groove – After allowing 9 runs over his first 3 appearances (2.0 IP), went 1-1 with 4 saves and a 1.56 ERA (6 ER, 34.2 IP) over final 12 appearances with the Blaze.
  • No Runs for You – Did not allow a run over 10.2 innings (6 G), July 31-Aug. 20…allowed only 3 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 13.
  • Tacoma Bound – Made Triple-A debut in only appearance with Tacoma on Sept. 7 at Las Vegas (1.0,0,0,0,3,2) after being promoted on Sept. 6.
  • Non-Drafted Free Agent – Originally signed by Arizona as a non-drafted free agent on Sept. 23, 2012.

McKAY ON MLB NETWORK

Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay phones in to MLB Now to discuss the 2016 club and the organizations plans for player development. Click here to listen to the interview.

TRAINING NEVER STOPS

After having a successful rookie campaign with the Everett AquaSox in 2015, outfielder Braden Bishop has is already hard at work preparing the 2016 season.

OF Braden Bishop began his professional career with the Short-A Everett AquaSox, batting .320 (70×219) with 34 runs scored, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 22 RBI, 12 HBP, 5 walks and 13 stolen bases in 56 games.

  • Welcome to the Organization – Selected by Seattle in the 3rd round (94th overall) out of the University of Washington in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
  • Seeing Stars – Named to the Northwest League Post-Season All-Star Team (outfielder).
  • Among the Best – Tied for the Northwest League in HBP (12), while also ranking 2nd in average (.320), T8th in hits (70), 9th in on base percentage (.367) and 12th in OPS (.760).
  • Player Of The Week – Named Northwest League Player of the Week, Aug. 17-23…hit safely in all 6 games he appeared during the week, batting .385 (10×26) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 9 RBI, 1 walks and 3 stolen bases.
  • Getting On Base – Reached base safely in 47 of 54 games with an at-bat, including 41 games with a hit…reached base safely in a season-high 16 consecutive games, July 8-26 (.294/20×68, 15 R, 2 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, 3 HBP, BB, 3 SB).
  • Professional Debut – Went 1-for-2 with 2 runs scored and 1 walk in his pro debut on June 18 vs. Eugene.
  • Mutli-Hits – Recorded 21 multi-hit games, including 4 3-hit games and 2 season-high 4-hit games: Aug. 9 at Vancouver (4×5, R) and Aug. 25 vs. Salem-Keizer (4×5, 2 RBI).
  • Streaking – Hit safely in a season-high 10 games, July 11-23 (.295/13×44, 12 R, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 HBP, 2 SB).
  • Getting in a Groove – After batting .111 (3×27) over first 8 games (June 18-26), hit .349 (67×192) with 30 runs scored, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 20 RBI, 9 HBP, 4 walks and 12 stolen bases.
  • August Rush – Hit .408 (29×71) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 13 RBI, 1 walk and 7 stolen bases in 18 games in August…his .408 average was the 2nd-highest in the Northwest League, trailing only teammate Drew Jackson (.417)…also ranked in the league during the month in on base percentage (2nd, .447), OPS (2nd, .997), slugging percentage (3rd, .549), hits (T4th, 29)
  • Homer Happy – Hit 1st and 2nd career home runs in back-to-back games Aug. 18 vs. Spokane (2×5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI) and Aug. 19 vs. Spokane (2×5, R, HR, 2 RBI).

 

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