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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

Baseball Prospectus Unveils Mariners Top 10

It is that time of year where the top prospect lists start to come out. Baseball Prospectus chimes in with their Mariners Top 10 this morning with an in-depth analysis of the Mariners Farm System. While the complete run-down is available only to subscribers (which is a great resource for baseball fans), here is the top 10 list and a peak at the detailed profiles of Taijuan Walker and D.J. Peterson. We’ll post additional prospect news/lists when Baseball America, MLB.com and any others publish their rankings.

Baseball Prospectus – Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects

by Jason Parks

Prospect rankings primer
Last year’s Mariners list

The Top Ten

  1. RHP Taijuan Walker
  2. 1B D.J. Peterson
  3. LHP James Paxton
  4. RHP Victor Sanchez
  5. RHP Edwin Diaz
  6. LHP Luiz Gohara
  7. SS Chris Taylor
  8. LHP Tyler Pike
  9. Tyler Marlette
  10. OF Gabriel Guerrero

1. Taijuan Walker
Position: RHP
DOB: 08/13/1992
Height/Weight: 6’4” 210 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Acquired: 1st round, 2010 draft, Yucaipa HS (Yucaipa, CA)
Previous Ranking: #1 (Org), #9 (Top 101)
2013 Stats: ERA 3.60 (15 IP, 11 H, 12 K, 4 BB) at major league level, 3.61 ERA (57.1 IP, 54 H, 64 K, 27 BB) at Triple-A Tacoma, 2.46 ERA (84 IP, 58 H, 96 K, 30 BB) at Double-A Jackson
The Tools: 7 FB; 7 CT; 5 CB; future 5 CH

What Happened in 2013: Walker started at the Double-A level and finished his season with three starts at the major-league level, displaying not only high-level stuff but also the necessary makeup to stand on a major-league mound as a 21-year-old.

Strengths: Electric fastball from easy release; works in the 94-96 range; can get more when he needs more; good movement to the arm side; cutter is a monster pitch; 89-93 with late horizontal movement to the glove side; curveball has big depth in the 73-76 range; average but effective offering; excellent pickoff move; big competitor.

Weaknesses: Command is below average; lacks plus projection; can work up in the zone too often; curveball has nice shape but can get soft; tendency to start it too high in the zone; will struggle to be effective unless it plays with sharper fastball command; changeup can get too firm; lacks quality fade.

Overall Future Potential: 7; no. 2 starter

Realistic Role: 7; no. 2 starter

Risk Factor/Injury History: Low risk; ready for majors

Bret Sayre’s Fantasy Take: One of the top fantasy pitching prospects in the game, Walker has the type of arm that can help contribute strongly across all categories. I’m not sold that he’ll be someone who sits near the top of the league leaderboard in strikeouts, but there will be enough to go around (think around 190-200 at his peak).

The Year Ahead: Walker needs to refine his command and his secondary arsenal, but the fastball is a high-end major-league pitch, and the cutter can bail him out of situations. Oddly enough, the curve that received all the minor-league hype received the least amount of industry love, at least as far as major-league projection is concerned. Don’t rule out his changeup becoming a much better pitch than people are projecting; it doesn’t look good now, but he has feel for pitching and the power of the fastball will assist in the deceptive elements of the offering. I wouldn’t be shocked if it develops into a plus pitch down the line. Give it time.

Major league ETA: Debuted in 2013

2. D.J. Peterson
Position: 1B
DOB: 12/31/1991
Height/Weight: 6’1” 190 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Acquired: 1st round, 2013 draft, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
Previous Ranking: NR
2013 Stats: .293/.346/.576 at Low-A Clinton (26 games), .312/.382/.532 at short-season Everett (29 games)
The Tools: 6 potential hit/power

What Happened in 2013: It’s a small sample, but Peterson did exactly what a polished college bat should do in the lower minors, which is slug .553 over two spots, including 13 home runs is 55 games.

Strengths: Natural hitter; easy to the ball; good extension; uses the entire field; shows plus power potential; doesn’t sell out for the tool; strength to lift the ball; arm is strong enough for third.

Weaknesses: Glove is below average at third; below-average range; likely home is across the diamond at first; has work ethic to improve at position, but the bat is the carrying tool; has to hit.

Overall Future Potential: 6; first-division third baseman

Realistic Role: 5; second-division first baseman

Risk Factor/Injury History: Moderate; difficult profile but good polish at present with plus projections on hit/power.

Bret Sayre’s Fantasy Take: The key with Peterson is how long he can maintain that 3B eligibility, even if his future eventually lies across the diamond. If his bat comes close to maxing out, that’s the difference between a stud at the hot corner and a back-end starter at first base. However, it’s a tough task to put up big power numbers as a right-handed bat at Safeco.

The Year Ahead: Peterson could be ready to move fast, possibly reaching Double-A by summer. The bat is his ticket to a first-division future, and the reports since he signed have been very positive; his bat-to-ball is very easy, and the power is already showing up in game action. He’s going to hit. The big question is: Will he become a 6/6 hit/power type or will he fall short of those projections? Falling short with the stick could come with an even bigger sting if he does in fact shift over to first at some point in the development process, a move that my sources seem to think is a likely outcome.

Major league ETA: 2015

For the rest of the rundown on the top 10, please visit BaseballProspectus.com.

5 Mariners Named Top 100 Prospects by MLB.com

RHP Taiwan Walker was named the Midwest League's Top Prospect by Baseball America (Photo by Bill Mitchell).

RHP Taijuan Walker checked in at No. 5 in MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects.

Well, the votes are in, and five Mariners have been named to the MLB.com Top 100 Prospects List. The impressive haul of Mariners includes three players listed in the top 25 and four in the top 50. Here are the Mariners named to the Top 100 list:

  • RHP Taijuan Walker (#5)
  • LHP Danny Hultzen (#18)
  • C Mike Zunino (#23)
  • INF Nick Franklin (#47)
  • LHP James Paxton (#61)

And for the second consecutive season the Mariners organization received the most “Prospect Points”

Prospect Points

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