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Two Rainiers chosen for Triple A All-Star Game

The Pacific Coast League today announced representatives for the Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo, NY on July 11.

The Rainiers are sending designated hitter Luis Jimenez and catcher Guillermo Quiroz. This is the first time the Rainiers have had more than one player named to the Minor League All-Star game since 2009 when Chris Shelton and Bryan LaHair represented the PCL.

Here’s a link to the news release the Rainiers posted today.

Tacoma Rainiers catcher Guillermo Quiroz (left) and designated hitter Luis Jimenez (right) will play in the Triple-A All-Star game.

- RH

Hultzen & Walker Selected to Futures Game Roster

Earlier this morning Mariners minor league pitchers Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker were selected to play in the 14th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game to be played Sunday, July 8 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City (2 p.m. PT/ESPN2, MLB Network Radio).

Major League Baseball has held the game during All-Star weekend since 1999, featuring minor league prospects in a USA vs. World showcase. The Mariners have had 28 selections to the Futures Game since its first beginning in 1999. Six players on the current 25-man roster played in the Futures Game in the past: Miguel Olivo (2000), Franklin Gutierrez (2003), Felix Hernandez (2004), Michael Saunders (2007), Jesus Montero (2008-09) and Hector Noesi (2010).

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25-man rosters for each club, the U.S. Team and the World Team.  Each Major League organization is represented and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.

Hultzen, 22, is 8-3 with a 1.19 ERA (10 ER, 75.1 IP) in 13 starts with Jackson in his first professional season. He was promoted to AAA Tacoma yesterday, and is scheduled to make his Rainiers debut Saturday at Colorado Springs. After allowing 5 runs in 4.0 innings in his first start of the season, Hultzen has allowed only 5 earned runs in his last 71.1 innings (0.63 ERA), lowering his ERA from 11.25 to 1.19 ERA in last 12 starts. He heads to Triple-A with a string of 26.2 consecutive scoreless innings (dating back to 5/23 at Montgomery). Hultzen left Jackson leading the Southern League in ERA (1.19), opponent batting average (.151), WHIP (0.93), while leading all starters with the fewest base-runners per 9.0 innings (8.72). He also ranked T1st in the league in wins (8), 2nd in strikeouts (79), T4th in innings pitched (75.1) and in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.44). Hultzen was the starting pitcher for the North Division in the Southern League All-Star game on Tuesday night, tossing a scoreless first inning with a walk and strike out.

Danny Hultzen

Hultzen was the Mariners first round selection (2nd overall) in the 2011 First-Year MLB Player Draft out of the University of Virginia. He made his professional debut in the 2011 Arizona Fall League, going 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA (3 ER, 19.1 IP) in 6 starts. He entered the 2012 season ranked as the No. 16 prospect in baseball by MLB.com and also listed as the No. 3 left-handed pitcher by the website.

Walker, 19, is 4-3 with a 3.79 ERA (24 ER, 57.0 IP) in 12 starts with Double-A Jackson. He has limited opponents to a .249 (53×247) average, while walking 23 and striking out 59 in 57.0 innings. As one of the youngest players in the Southern League, he has allowed 2 or less earned runs in 9 of his 12 starts this season, including holding opponents scoreless in 3 starts.

Walker was selected by the Mariners in the first round (43rd overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player draft. He was named Mariners Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2011, after going 6-5 with a 2.89 ERA (31 ER, 96.2 IP) in 18 starts with Clinton. Walker was also named the top Midwest League prospect in 2011 by Baseball America. In his first 3 seasons in the Minor Leagues, Walker is 11-9 with a 3.14 ERA (56 ER, 160.2 IP) in 32 games, 30 starts.

Taijuan Walker

You can view the complete Futures Game Roster via MLB.com.  Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.

Here is a list of all the Mariners that have been selected to play in the Futures Game dating back to 1999:

Mariners in the Futures Game

1999:
Chris Mears, RHP (World)
Ryan Anderson, LHP (USA)

2000:
Craig Anderson, LHP (World)
Ryan Anderson, LHP (USA)

2001:
Joel Pineiro, RHP (World)
Jamal Strong, OF (USA)

2002:
Jose Lopez, INF (World)
Shin-Soo Choo, OF (World)

2003:
Clint Nageotte, RHP (USA)
Travis Blackley, LHP (World)

2004:
Jeremy Reed, OF (USA)
Shin-Soo Choo, OF (World)
Felix Hernandez, RHP (World)

2005:
Yuniesky Betancourt, INF (World)
Shin-Soo Choo, OF (World)

2006:
Wladimir Balentien, OF (World)
Yung Chi Chen, INF (World)

2007:
Wladimir Balentien, OF (World)
Michael Saunders, OF (World)

2008:
Phillippe Aumont, RHP (World)

2009:
Tyson Gillies, OF (World)
Alex Liddi, 3B (World)

2010:
Alex Liddi, 3B (World)
Carlos Peguero, OF (World)

2011:
Alex Liddi, OF (World)
James Paxton, LHP (World)

2012:
Danny Hultzen, LHP (USA)
Taijuan Walker, RHP (USA)

Mariners Promote Hultzen & Franklin to AAA Tacoma

Fresh off their appearances in the Southern League All-Star game yesterday, left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen and infielder Nick Franklin are being promoted to Triple-A Tacoma. The pair will join the Rainiers roster today.

Hultzen, 22, went 8-3 with a 1.19 ERA (10 ER, 75.1 IP) in 13 starts with Jackson in his first professional season. After allowing 5 runs in 4.0 innings in his first start of the season, he has allowed only 5 earned runs in his last 71.1 innings (0.63 ERA), lowering his ERA from 11.25 to 1.19 ERA in last 12 starts. He also held opponents scoreless in 26.2 consecutive innings (dating back to 5/23 at Montgomery). Hultzen currently leads the Southern League in ERA (1.19), opponents batting average (.151), WHIP (0.93), while leading all starters with the fewest base-runners per 9.0 innings (8.72). He also ranks T1st in the league in wins (8), 2nd in strikeouts (79), T4th in innings pitched (75.1) and in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.44). Hultzen was the starting pitcher for the North Division in the Southern League All-Star game on Tuesday night, tossing a scoreless first inning with a walk and strike out.

Danny Hultzen

Hultzen, who is scheduled to make his first Triple-A start with Tacoma on Saturday, June 23 at Colorado Springs, was the Mariners first round selection (2nd overall) in the 2011 First-Year MLB Player Draft out of the University of Virginia. He made his professional debut in the 2011 Arizona Fall League, going 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA (3 ER, 19.1 IP) in 6 starts. He entered the 2012 season ranked as the No. 16 prospect by MLB.com and also listed as the No. 3 left-handed pitcher by the website.

Franklin, 21, hit .322 (66×205) with 25 runs scored, 17 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs and 26 RBI in 57 games with Jackson. He was named Southern League Player of the Week, May 28-June 3. He currently ranks 2nd in the Southern League in average (.322) and T3rd with a .394 on-base percentage. Franklin was the starting shortstop in the Southern League All-Star game on Tuesday night, going 0-for-33 with a walk. Franklin was recently named the Topps Southern League Player of the Month for May, an award voted by Southern League Field managers. He also leads the league with a .457 on-base percentage and a .648 slugging percentage, adding up to a 1.105 OPS that currently ranks 2nd in Double-A.

Nick Franklin

Franklin was originally selected by the Mariners in the first round (27th overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. In his first 4 professional seasons, he is batting .292 (332×1136) with 191 runs scored, 56 doubles, 19 triples, 35 home runs and 123 RBI in 291 games. He entered the 2012 season rated by MLB.com as the No. 52 overall overall prospect and the No. 6 shortstop.

Joe Dunigan Wins Southern League Home Run Derby

Jackson outfielder Joe Dunigan won the Southern League’s Home Run Derby today as part of the All-Star Game festivities.

The Mariners farmhand, who ranks 3rd in the Southern League with 12 home runs, beat out Justin Bour of the Tennessee Smokies for the HR crown. He hit 4 home runs in the first round, 1 in the championship round and 3 in the extra round to win the derby. The event was a precursor to the Southern League All-Star game in Kodak, TN.

Joe Dunigan hit eight blasts in the three-round Home Run Derby. (Tony Farlow/Four Seam Images)

It is All-Star Tuesday For Several Mariners Minor Leaguers

Three of the Mariners minor league affiliates are currently in their All-Star break, and today is All-Star Tuesday across much of Minor League Baseball. All-Star games for the Southern League, Midwest League, California League, Carolina League and South Atlantic League will be played today across America.

For Mariners affiliates Jackson Generals (AA), High Desert Mavericks (High A) and Clinton LumberKings (A), several players are foregoing the midseason break to play in All-Star games. For complete coverage of all the All-Star games, follow online at MiLB.com. Here are the Mariners minor leaguers that have been named All-Stars:

Southern League:
Jesus Sucre, C*
Carter Capps, RHP
Taijuan Walker, RHP
Danny Hultzen, LHP*
Joe Dunigan, OF
Denny Almonte, CF*
Nick Franklin, SS*
Bobby LaFromboise, LHP (will not play due to promotion to AAA)

*in starting lineup

California League:
John Hicks, C
Jack Marder, C (will not play due to injury)
Brad Miller, INF
Stefen Romero, INF
Julio Moran, OF

Midwest League:
Jamal Austin, OF
Tim Griffin, RHP
Jordan Shipers, LHP

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Mariners Minor League Report

Each day we produce a Minor League Report to keep track of our affiliates and players Down on the Farm. One of the great things about this blog is that we now get to share a lot of this stuff with you. We will not post the MiLB Report on the main page each day, but will have it up on the sidebar under the Minor League Report link. We hope you enjoy following the progress of our minor league teams and players.

 

Minor League Opening Day

The Mariners four full-season affiliates open the 2012 season today; the Tacoma Rainers (AAA) host Salt Lake in Tacoma, the Jackson Generals (AA) host Birmingham in Jackson, the High Desert Mavericks (A) host Lancaster in Adelanto and the Clinton LumberKings host Burlington in Clinton.

You can follow each game through their team websites (linked above) and via MiLB.com. Mariners.com also has a special section devoted to the minor league affiliates.

BaseballAmerica.com also has a ton of coverage of Minor League’s version of Opening Day, including naming Jackson as the most talented team in the Majors.

And here are the just-released starting lineups for tonight’s games:

Tacoma:
Trayvon Robinson, CF
Carlos Triunfel, SS
Vinnie Catricala, 3B
Carlos Peguero, RF
Adam Moore, C (on MLB rehab)
Luis Jimenez, DH
Mike Wilson, LF
Johan Limonta, 1B
Luis Rodriguez, 2B
————-
Matt Fox, P

Jackson:
Daniel Carroll, CF
Nick Franklin, SS
Francisco Martinez, 3B
Chih-Hsien Chiang, LF
Rich Poythress, 1B
Joe Dunigan, DH
Yohermyn Chavez, RF
Jesus Sucre, C
Leury Bonilla, 2B
————-
Andrew Carraway, P

Clinton:
Jamal Austin, CF
Guillermo Pimentel, LF
Dan Paolini,  2B
Jabari Blash, DH
Ramon Morla, 3B
Jharmidy De Jesus, 1B
Steve Baron, C
Anthony Phillips, SS
Mario Yepez, RF
————-
Cameron Hobson, P

The 25-Man Roster & Minor League Rosters

The Mariners had to set their 25-man roster today, moving from the 28-roster allowed in Japan. To move from 28 players to 25, Seattle has optioned the following players over the last two days to Triple-A Tacoma:

  • RHP Shawn Kelley
  • OF Carlos Peguero
  • LHP Charlie Furbush

Here is a look at the Major League roster heading into the two-game series starting in Oakland on Friday night:

And Opening Day rosters were also announced today for the Mariners four full-season minor league squads: AAA Tacoma, AA Jackson, A High Desert and A Clinton:

The four minor league affiliates open the 2012 season tomorrow: the Rainers (AAA) host Salt Lake in Tacoma, the Generals (AA) host Birmingham in Jackson, the Mavericks (A) host Lancaster in Adelanto, the LumberKings host Burlington in Clinton.

- JE

Down on the Farm – March 30

The Mariners four affiliates went 3-1 yesterday vs. the San Diego Padres affiliates, and finished spring training play with an impressive 31-14-3 record.

Camp is scheduled to break Monday (April 2), with the official opening day for the four affiliates on April 5: Tacoma vs. Salt Lake, Jackson vs. Birmingham, High Desert vs. Lancaster, Clinton vs. Burlington. Official opening day rosters for the four affiliates is tentatively scheduled to be announced when camp breaks.

Here is a brief recap of yesterday’s games vs. the Padres affiliates:

Tacoma 11, Tucson 7

Pitching Lines (IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO):
RH Jeff Marquez (3.2,8,7,7,4,3,HR)
LH Sean Henn (2.0,2,0,0,1,1)
LH Cesar Jimenez (2.0,1,0,0,1,1)
RH Josh Kinney (1.0,0,0,0,0,1)

Hitting Highlights:
CF Trayvon Robinson (2×5, 2B, RBI)
SS Carlos Triunfel (2×4, 2 2B, 2 RBI)
RF Mike Wilson (1×3, HR, 2 RBI)
3B Jorge Agudelo (1×1, HR, RBI)


San Antonio 8, Jackson 6

Pitching Lines (IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO):
RH Andrew Carraway (4.0,6,4,4,1,2)
LH Steve Garrison (0.1,2,3,3,1,0,2 HBP)
RH John Taylor (2.0,0,1,0,1,0)
RH Marcos Reyna (1.0,1,0,0,1,0)

Hitting Highlights:
LF Daniel Carroll (2×3, HR, RBI)
DH Chih-Hsien Chiang (1×4, 2B, RBI)
SS Nick Franklin (1×2, 2B)


High Desert 6, Lake Elsinore 2

Pitching Lines (IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO):
RH Carson Smith (3.0,2,0,0,1,7)
LH Kyle Hunter (2.0,3,1,1,0,2)
RH Jonathan Arias (2.0,2,0,0,1,1)
LH Jose Jimenez (2.0,1,0,0,0,0)

Hitting Highlights:
SS Patrick Brady (2×4, 2 RBI)
1B Mickey Wiswall (2×4)
DH Kevin Rivers (2×4, HR, RBI)
SS Mike McGee (1×2, 2B, 2 BB)


Clinton 7, Fort Wayne 6

Pitching Lines (IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO):
RH Stephen Landazuri (4.0,5,6,5,3,4)
RH Tim Griffin (2.0,1,0,0,1,3)
RH Richard Vargas (2.0,1,0,0,0,2)
RH Mario De Jesus (1.0,1,0,0,0,2)

Hitting Highlights:
SS Bryan Brito (3×4, 2B, RBI)
LF Reginald Lawson (3×4, 3B, 2 RBI)

- JE

Down on the Farm – March 29

The Mariners four affiliates went 3-1 yesterday vs. the Texas Rangers affiliates, and are 28-13-3 heading into the final day of spring training games. The Mariners minor leaguers will take on the San Diego Padres affiliates today with Tacoma and Jackson playing home games, and High Desert and Clinton making the long trek across the parking lot to play their Peoria Sports Complex partners.

Starting pitchers for today’s games against the Padres are scheduled to be: Tacoma – RH Jeff Marquez, Jackson – RH Andrew Carraway, High Desert – RH Carson Smith, Clinton – RH Stephen Landazuri.

Looking ahead, the minor leaguers will play some Intrasquad games tomorrow, and camp is scheduled to break April 2, with the official opening day for the four affiliates on April 5: Tacoma vs. Salt Lake, Jackson vs. Birmingham, High Desert vs. Lancaster, Clinton vs. Burlington. Official opening day rosters for the four affiliates is tentatively scheduled to be announced when camp breaks on Monday, April 2.

Here is a brief recap of yesterday’s games vs. the Rangers affiliates:

Tacoma 10, Round rock 0

Pitching Lines (IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO):
LH Anthony Vasquez (5.0,2,0,0,1,4)
RH Brian Sweeney (2.0,2,0,0,0,2)
RH Aaron Heilman (1.0,0,0,0,0,0)
LH Oliver Perez (1.0,0,0,0,0,1)

Hitting Highlights:
LF Darren Ford (1×4, HR, SF, 2 RBI)
SS Carlos Triunfel (3×4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI)
DH Luis Jimenez (2×4, 2B, RBI)
2B Scott Savastano (3×4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI)


Jackson 9, Frisco 4

Pitching Lines (IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO):
RH Taijuan Walker (4.0,6,4,4,1,4,HR)
RH Steven Hensley (1.0,0,0,0,0,1)
RH Yoervis Medina (1.0,0,0,0,0,1)
RH Moises Hernandez (1.0,0,0,0,1,0)
RH Carter Capps (1.0,0,0,0,0,1)
RH Austin Hudson (1.0,1,0,0,1,0,WP)

Hitting Highlights:
RF Daniel Carroll (1×2, HR, RBI, BB)
SS Nick Franklin (3×4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI)
LF Joe Dunigan (1×3, HR, 3 RBI)


Myrtle Beach 4, High Desert 3

Pitching Lines (IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO):
RH Jandy Sena (3.2,7,3,3,0,2,HBP)
RH Willy Kesler (1.1,2,1,1,0,0,HR)
RH Wes Alsup (2.0,0,0,0,1,3)
RH Tyler Burgoon (2.0,2,0,0,0,5)

Hitting Highlights:
SS Patrick Brady (1×4, 2 RBI)
3B Mario Martinez (1×3, RBI)


Clinton 7, Hickory 4

Pitching Lines (IP, H, R, ER, BB, SO):
RH Brett Shankin (3.2,2,0,0,0,1)
LH Jordan Shipers (3.1,8,3,2,0,4,WP)
LH Jeremy Dobbs (2.0,2,1,1,1,0)

Hitting Highlights:
RF Mario Yepez (2×5, 2B, RBI)
1B Jharmidy De Jesus (1×5, 2B, RBI)
3B Ramon Morla (1×4, HR, RBI)
LF Dillon Hazlett (2×4)
2B Jean Acevedo (2×4, 2 RBI)
C Michael Dowd (2×2)

- JE

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