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The Road to Seattle – New Decor in Peoria

Mariners players and staff have been packing their bags and making their way to the Peoria Sports Complex to begin preparing for the 2016 season. When they arrive, they’ll be greeted by some slick new graphics lining the halls.

The Mariners building was remodeled during a big offseason project prior to the 2014 season. The new state-of-the-art facility offered more room for all aspects of baseball life, from training to rehab to clubhouse locker space.

Peoria Complex 2014

One thing it was missing was a little bit of decor. When new manager Scott Servais heard about the plans to dress up the building a bit, he had an idea: let’s celebrate Mariners scouting and player development.

As players navigate from the clubhouse to Peoria Stadium, they’ll now pass several graphics featuring players that were drafted, signed, developed and ultimately made their big league debuts in a Mariners uniform. Photos of former stars like Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez appear alongside current stars like Kyle Seager and Felix Hernandez.

In fact, let’s take a quick stroll from the player parking lot to the clubhouse.

The centerpiece of the new decor is “The Road to Seattle”, a 25-foot wide graphic featuring the names of every player to come through the Mariners system and reach the big leagues with the club.

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While the new graphics look great, they also deliver a message to the hundreds of minor leaguers that will walk the hallways for years to come: with hard work, their name (maybe even a photo, too) could someday be on this wall.

In fact, you may notice how empty the lower half of the wall looks. Designed to hold 376 names, there are currently 174 players listed, leaving room for 202. We look forward to adding to the wall for many years to come.

Here’s a full list of the names on the wall today:

 

1979

Rodney Craig

Jim Lewis

 

1980

Dave Edler

 

1981

Dave Henderson

Vance McHenry

Dan Firova

Paul Serna

Jim Maler

Bob Stoddard

Bud Black

 

1982

Edwin Nunez

Ed Vande Berg

Mike Moore

Ron Musselman

John Moses

Orlando Mercado

 

1983

Matt Young

Jamie Allen

Ricky Nelson

Spike Owen

Al Chambers

Karl Best

Phil Bradley

Harold Reynolds

Darnell Coles

 

1984

Mark Langston

Alvin Davis

Jim Presley

Ivan Calderon

David Valle

Lee Gutterman

 

1985

Bill Swift

Bill Wilkinson

 

1986

Mickey Brantley

Dave Hengel

 

1987

Donell Nixon

Mike Campbell

Mario Diaz

Edgar Martinez

Brick Smith

Clay Parker

 

1988

Mike Schooler

Greg Briley

Bill McGuire

Terry Taylor

Erik Hanson

 

1989

Ken Griffey Jr.

Omar Vizquel

Clint Zavaras

 

1990

Tino Martinez

Dave Burba

Rich DeLucia

Mike Gardiner

 

1991

Dave Fleming

Calvin Jones

Chris Howard

Patrick Lennon

 

1992

Kerry Woodson

Bret Boone

 

1993

John Cummings

Mike Hampton

Jim Converse

Marc Newfield

Greg Pirkl

Brian Turang

Kevin King

Roger Salkeld

 

1994

Darren Bragg

Tim Davis

Jeff Darwin

Alex Rodriguez

George Glinatsis

 

1995

Ron Villone

Rafael Carmona

Tim Harikkala

Chris Widger

Bob Wolcott

Jim Mecir

Arquimedez Pozo

 

1996

Andy Sheets

Matt Wagner

Makoto Suzuki

Raul Ibanez

 

1997

Derek Lowe

Jose Cruz Jr.

Ken Cloude

Giomar Guevara

 

1998

Charles Gipson

Shane Monahan

 

1999

Sean Spencer

Ryan Franklin

Jordan Zimmerman

Aaron Scheffer

Gil Meche

Denny Stark

 

2000

Joel Pineiro

 

2001

Brian Fuentes

Ramon Vasquez

 

2002

Julio Mateo

Justin Kaye

Rafael Soriano

Chris Snelling

Willie Bloomquist

 

2003

Aaron Looper

JJ Putz

 

2004

Clint Nageotte

Matt Thornton

Travis Blackley

Justin Leone

Scott Atchison

Cha Seung Baek

Greg Dobbs

Rene Rivera

 

2005

Shin-Soo Choo

Yuniesky Betancourt

Felix Hernandez

Jamie Bubela

 

2006

Bobby Livingston

Emiliano Fruto

Mark Lowe

Adam Jones

Eric O’Flaherty

T.J. Bohn

Oswaldo Navarro

Cesar Jimenez

Ryan Feierabend

 

2007

Brandon Morrow

Ryan Rowland-Smith

Wladimir Balentin

Jeff Clement

Rob Johsnon

 

2008

Bryan Lahair

Justin Thomas

Luis Valbuena

Matt Tuiasosopo

 

2009

Chris Jakubauskas

Shawn Kelley

Michael Saunders

Doug Fister

Adam Moore

 

2010

Greg Halman

Matt Mangini

Anthony Varvaro

 

2011

Michael Pineda

Carlos Peguero

Mike Wilson

Dustin Ackley

Kyle Seager

Anthony Vasquez

Alex Liddi

 

2012

Erasmo Ramirez

Stephen Pryor

Carter Capps

Carlos Triunfel

 

2013

Brandon Maurer

Bobby LaFromboise

Yoervis Medina

Nick Franklin

Brandon Bantz

Mike Zunino

Brad Miller

Taijuan Walker

James Paxton

 

2014

Stefen Romero

Roenis Elias

Dominic Leone

James Jones

Chris Taylor

Carson Smith

 

2015

Tyler Olson

Mayckol Guaipe

Ketel Marte

John Hicks

Steven Baron

 

Peterson & Rollins Named to AFL Fall Stars Game

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The Arizona Fall League’s 10th annual Fall Stars Game Presented by Bowman Baseball Cards will be played at 6:08 p.m. AZ (8:08 p.m. ET) this Saturday, November 7 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Scouting and farm directors from every Major League organization, in consultation with Arizona Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff, selected the players for the annual showcase that pits top prospects from the Fall League’s East Division and West Division clubs.

The Mariners will be represented on the West Division club by infielder D.J. Peterson and left-handed pitcher David Rollins.

The contest will be nationally televised by MLB Network and online via MLB.com. Paul Severino (play-by-play), Joe Magrane (game analyst), and Jim Callis (prospect analyst) will call the game. The MLB Radio Network also will carry the game on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Mike Ferrin will offer play-by-play.

For those who didn’t see the link on Mariners.com last week, MLBpipeline.com had an AFL report on the Mariners where they featured Peterson and Tyler O’Neill. Check it out below.

Baseball America – 2015 Mariners Top 10 Prospects

Alex Jackson checked in as the Mariners top prospect heading into the 2015 season.

Alex Jackson checked in as the Mariners top prospect heading into the 2015 season.

It is that time of year when the Winter Meetings are in progress (in sunny San Diego) and the annual prospect rankings start to trickle in. Baseball America, one of the most respected publications for covering college, minor league and Major League Baseball, has published their annual top 10 in the Mariners organization. For the complete top 30 and detailed scouting reports on the prospects you can order their 2015 Top Prospect Handbook. Here’s a look at the Mariners top 10:

  1. Alex Jackson, OF
  2. D.J. Peterson, 3B
  3. Ketel Marte, SS
  4. Patrick Kivlehan, 3B/1B
  5. Austin Wilson, OF
  6. Edwin Diaz, RHP
  7. Gabby Guerrero, OF
  8. Luiz Gohara, LHP
  9. Ryan Yarbrough, LHP
  10. Carson Smith, RHP

His a look at the Mariners Top 10 Prospects by Baseball America dating all the way back to 1984:

Mariners Top Prospects Rankings

Taijuan Walker went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts with the Mariners last season.

Taijuan Walker is the Mariners top prospect according to Baseball America.

Well, it is that time of year, when spring training is right around the corner and prospect rankings have hit the internet.

We already shared the top prospects as listed by FanGraphs.com and listed the Mariners players in MLBPipeline.com’s Top 10 at each position:

  • Taijuan Walker – No. 2 right-handed pitcher
  • D.J. Peterson – No. 8 third baseman
  • Tyler Marlette – No. 10 catcher

MLB.com recently came out with their annual Top 100 Prospect Rankings with Walker (No. 6) and Peterson (No. 88) making the list. Here is an article by Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns on Walker and Peterson.

Baseball America also came out with their annual survey of the Mariners top prospects, and published this list:

MARINERS TOP 10 PROSPECTS

And lastly, BaseballProspects.com published their annual Top 101 prospect listTaijuan Walker was the highest rated pitching prospect checking in at No. 8 on the list. Third baseman D.J. Peterson (#65) and LHP James Paxton (#68) also made the list.

D.J. Peterson Named MLB.com’s No. 8 Third Base Prospect

D.J. Peterson was named the No. 8 third base prospect in baseball.

D.J. Peterson was named the No. 8 third base prospect in baseball.

MLBPipeline.com’s 2014 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled this Thursday (Jan. 23) on MLB.com, as well as during a one-hour show on MLB Network airing at 7 pm PT. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball’s Top 10 prospects at each position.

The top 10 third base prospects were announced today, and the the Mariners D.J. Peterson is listed No. 8 on the list. Here is what MLB.com had to say about D.J.:

D.J. Peterson, Mariners: Peterson lived up to his college reputation as an offensive performer by hitting 13 homers and posting a .918 OPS during his pro debut before being hit in the face with a pitch late in the summer. The No. 12 pick in the 2013 Draft should continue to hit for both average and power as he progresses quickly through the Seattle system. His defense doesn’t profile as well, but even if he has to move to first base, his bat should play just fine there.

Peterson, 22, combined to bat .303 (63×208) with 25 extra-base hits, including 13 home runs, in 55 games with Everett and Clinton. He was selected by the Mariners in the first round (12th overall) in the 2013 June Draft out of the University of New Mexico.

 

D.J. is scheduled to be part of the Mariners annual FanFest this weekend at Safeco Field.

Tyler Marlette Named MLB.com’s No. 10 Catching Prospect

Mariners catcher Tyler Marlette

Mariners catcher Tyler Marlette

MLBPipeline.com’s 2014 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Thursday, Jan. 23, on MLB.com, as well as during a one-hour show on MLB Network airing at 7 pm PT. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball’s Top 10 prospects at each position.

The top 10 catching prospects were announced today, and the Mariners Tyler Marlette is listed No. 10 on the list. Here is what MLB.com had to say about Tyler:

Tyler Marlette, Mariners: Not every catching prospect was a high Draft pick or big international signing. The Mariners nabbed Marlette in the 5thround in the 2011 Draft, and he’s slowly developing into an intriguing power-hitting prospect. He has the chance to hit some long balls and for a decent average. He has good arm strength and his other defensive skills have started to catch up a bit. Marlette could put up some silly numbers in the California League this year on his way up the ladder.

Marlette, 20, appeared in 75 games for Clinton last season in the Single-A Midwest League. He batted .304 (82×270) with 17 doubles, 6 home runs and 37 RBI. Behind the plate he threw out 37.8 percent of attempted base stealers (28 of 74). Marlette was originally selected by the Mariners in the 5th round of the 2011 June Draft out of Hagerty High School (Oviedo, FL).

And in case you haven’t seen it, Tyler and several of his Clinton teammates last night are quite the actors starring in several Wahl Grooming commercials. Check them out below and see if you can spot Tyler!

Taijuan Walker Named MLB.com’s No. 2 Right-Handed Pitching Prospect

Right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker.

Right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker.

MLBPipeline.com’s 2014 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Thursday, Jan. 23, on MLB.com, as well as during a one-hour show on MLB Network airing at 7 pm PT. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball’s Top 10 prospects at each position.

The top 10 right-handed pitching prospects were announced today, and the Mariners Taijuan Walker is listed No. 2 on the list. Here is what MLB.com had to say about Taijuan:

Taijuan Walker, Mariners: Walker became the youngest Mariners pitcher to win his debut when he beat the Astros on Aug. 30, two weeks after he turned 21. More of a basketball star and shortstop early in his high school career, he has been a quick study on the mound. Of course, it helps that Walker is a supreme athlete with a mid-90s fastball, and his secondary pitches (cutter, changeup, curveball) are coming along.

Walker went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA (6 ER, 15.0 IP) in three starts with the Mariners last season as a 21-year-old. He was named the Mariners Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year after combining to go 9-10 with a 2.93 ERA and 160 strikeouts in 25 starts with AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma.

Mariners MiLB Organizational All-Stars

RHP Taijuan Walker

RHP Taijuan Walker

This offseason, MiLB.com is honoring the players — regardless of age or prospect status — who had the best seasons in their organizations. Today the Mariners organization was featured on the website, and gives a good look at the players who excelled down on the farm last season

Here are the Mariners Organizational All-Stars as picked by MiLB.com:

Catcher: Tyler Marlette
First Base: Ji-Man Choi
Second Base: Ty Kelly
Third Base: D.J. Peterson
Shortstop: Brad Miller
Outfielders: Abraham Almonte, Jabari Blash, Julio Morban
Utility: Chris Taylor
Right-Handed Pitcher: Taijuan Walker
Left-Handed Pitcher: James Paxton
Relief Pitcher: Carson Smith

You can read more about each player in the following link.

40-Man Roster Additions

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Late last night the Mariners added four players to the 40-man roster, bringing the roster total to 38 players:

  • RHP Logan Bawcom selected to Major League roster
  • 1B/DH Ji-Man Choi selected to Major League roster
  • OF James Jones selected to Major League roster
  • OF Stefen Romero selected to Major League roster

These players were added to the 40-man roster to meet the MLB deadline for being protected from the Rule 5 Draft (held Dec. 12 in Orlando, FL at the Winter Meetings).

Here are short write-up on each of the four players:

Bawcom, 25, led all Mariners minor leaguers with 21 saves, ranking 5th in the Pacific Coast League. The right-handed pitcher went 1-4 with a 2.91 ERA (21 ER, 65.0 IP) in 51 appearances, and recorded 64 strikeouts (8.86 K/9.0 IP). Over the last two seasons Bawcom has recorded 47 saves, second-most among all minor leaguers (Jose Valdez, Detroit, 48 saves). Bawcom was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers along with OF Leon Landry on July 30, 2012 in exchange for relief pitcher Brandon League. He was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 17th round of the 2010 June Draft out of the University of Texas-Arlington.

Choi, 22, combined to bat .295 (125×424) with 36 doubles, 6 triples, 18 home runs and 85 RBI in 122 games with High-A High Desert (48 games), AA Jackson (61 games) and AAA Tacoma (13 games). Choi played primarily first base and designated hitter during the season. At the plate he was one of only 20 minor league players to record at least 60 extra base hits during the 2013 season. Choi was selected as a midseason California League All-Star and played for the World squad in the All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field in New York. The native of Incheon, South Korea, was originally signed by Seattle as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2009. In 238 career minor league games Choi is a .309 hitter (261×844) with a .922 OPS (.411 OBP, .511 SLG) and 28 home runs.

Jones, 25, spent a majority of the 2013 with AA Jackson batting .275 (100×363) with 44 runs scored, 14 doubles, 10 triples, 6 home runs, 45 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 101 games. He also appeared in 4 games with AAA Tacoma. Jones led the Southern League with 10 triples and was named a Southern League All-Star. In five seasons in the Mariners minor league system Jones has combined to bat .281 (512×1822) with 96 doubles, 38 triples, 40 home runs and 94 stolen bases. He was selected by Seattle in the 4th round of the 2009 June draft out of Long Island University where he was both a pitcher and outfielder.

Romero, 25, batted .277 (104×375) with 23 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs and 74 RBI in 93 games with AAA Tacoma. He also set a Tacoma franchise record with three grand slams. He concluded the season playing for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League where he hit a pair of home runs in the annual Rising Stars Game. Romero was the Mariners 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, and over the last two seasons ranks 10th among all minor leaguers with 177 RBI. He was originally selected by the Mariners in the 12th round of the 2010 June Draft out of Oregon State University. He has hit .306 (396×1296) with 50 home runs in 330 games at the minor league level.

Here is the news release that went out to the media, with the updated 40-man roster:

Mariners Top Prospects – FanGraphs.com

The “top prospects” lists keep coming out, this time with FanGraphs.com publishing their annual list of what they consider to be the Mariners Top 15 prospects.

Here is a FanGraph’s glowing review of the Mariners Farm System:

The Mariners organization features some exciting young arms with seven of the Top 10 players applying their trade on the mound. The front office has done an exceptional job of acquiring talent both through the annual amateur draft and the international free agent market. Every player in the Top 15 was originally signed by the club. Seattle will enter 2014 with one of the best systems in baseball.

Here is the Mariners Top 15 Prospects:

  1. Taijuan Walker, RHP
  2. D.J. Peterson, 3B
  3. James Paxton, LHP
  4. Victor Sanchez, RHP
  5. Danny Hultzen, LHP
  6. Tyler Pike, LHP
  7. Edwin Diaz, RHP
  8. Luiz Gohara, LHP
  9. Chris Taylor, SS
  10. Austin Wilson, OF –> excellent Q& with Wilson
  11. Gabriel Guerrero, OF
  12. Tyler Marlette, C
  13. Julio Morban, OF
  14. Patrick Kivlehan, 3B
  15. Ketel Marte, SS

To read the entire article on the Mariners prospects, be sure to check out the following article:

FanGraphs