Mariners Winter League Update (Nov. 9-15)

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  • LHP Ryan Horstman has allowed 5 hits, 5 walks and struck out 4 over 8.1 scoreless innings in 8 relief appearances for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League. He has limited opponents to a .192 (5×26) average, including a .143 (3×21) clip vs. right-handed batters.
  • LHP James Paxton is 2-3 with a 4.44 ERA (12 ER, 24.1 IP) in 6 starts with the Javelina’s. He has limited opponents to .293 (26×83) average, while walking 8 and striking out 22 batters. In his last start he recorded the win in Peoria’s 6-5 victory at Salt River on Nov. 11 (4.0,3,2,2,4,5,HR).
  • 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 7 games (6.2 IP).
  • 1B/OF Kyle Petty has hit safely in 12 of 14 games, including 6 multi-hit contest with Adelaide. Overall he is batting .393 (22×56) with 12 runs scored, 4 doubles, 5 home runs, 17 RBI, 2 walks and 5 stolen bases in 14 games with the Bite in the ABL. He has recorded at least 1 hit and drove in at least 1 run in each of his last 7 games, batting .444 (12×27) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 4 home runs and 14 RBI. Petty currently leads the Australian Baseball League in home runs (5), slugging percentage (.732), total bases (41) and HR/AB (1/11.20), while also ranking T1st in hits (22), T2nd in RBI (17) and extra-base hits (9), 3rd in stolen bases (5), T4th in runs scored (12) and 4th in average (.400).
  • INF Jordan Cowan has hit safely in 7 straight games for Adelaide, batting .414 (12×29) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 1 walk and 4 stolen bases. Overall in 14 games, Cowan is batting .323 (20×62) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 2 walks and 8 stolen bases. He leads the ABL in stolen bases (8), while ranking T3rd in at-bats (62), 5th in hits (20) and 9th in average (.333).
  • RHP Kody Kerski is 0-1 with 3 saves and a 1.93 ERA (1 ER, 4.2 IP) in 6 relief appearances with the Bite.
  • LHP Vidal Nuño is 5-1 with a 2.13 ERA (9 ER, 38.0 IP) in 6 starts with Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. He has limited opponents to a .229 (32×140) average, while walking 5 and striking out 25. In his last start on Nov. 15, Nuño (7.0,7,4,2,0,6) earned his 5th win as Aragua defeated Margarita 5-4. Nuño is currently tied for the lead in the VWL in wins, while ranking 3rd in WHIP (0.97), 5th in innings pitched (38.0) 6th in ERA (2.13). Also among VWL starters he ranks 2nd in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings (8.76) and in lowest walk per 9.0 inning ratio (0.95).
  • SS Ketel Marte made his 2015 Winter League debut with Gigantes del Cibao in the DWL on Nov. 9. He has hit safely in 4 of his first 5 games, batting .211 (4×19) with 3 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases.
  • RHP Stephen Landazuri is 4-1 with a 3.24 ERA (12 ER, 33.1 IP) in 5 starts with Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Winter League. He has limited opponents to .260 average (30×131), while walking 4 and striking out 33.
  • RHP Osmer Morales has appeared in 11 games with Lara in the VWL, going 1-1 with a 1.50 (3 ER, 18.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a .161 (10×62) average, while walking 8 and striking out 17. Over his last 7 relief appearances he has allowed only 1 earned run over 14.0 innings (0.64 ERA), while allowing only 5 hits, 6 walks and striking out 11.


The Quarter Finals for the Premier 12 Tournament begin today with the Semi Finals Nov. 18-20 and the Finals on Nov. 21. All 5 of the Mariners prospects currently playing in the 2015 WBSC Premier 12 tournament, have moved into the Quarter Finals. 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.

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Andy McKay was named the Mariners Director of Player Development on Oct. 21. McKay comes to Seattle from the Colorado Rockies where he has been Peak Performance Coordinator for the Rockies minor league system since September of 2012.  Prior to joining the Rockies, Andy was the Head Baseball Coach at Sacramento City College for 14 seasons (1999-2012). He compiled a record of 427-205-2 (.675) with 8 League Titles, and finished in the top-3 in the State of California 3 times, including 1 State Championship. He was the Assistant Coach at Sacramento City College from 1994-1998, after spending one season as a Player/Coach at the University of Tampa in 1993. Tampa won the Division II National Title in his only season there. McKay has also coached in the summers in the Cape Cod League and the Northwoods League.  The Sacramento native, is a graduate of Del Campo HS (Sacramento), Sacramento City College and Sacramento State University. He earned his MBA in Organizational Behavior Studies from Sacramento State in 1996. In addition to coaching at Sacramento City College, McKay taught classes in Physical Education and Business.

If you want to get to know more about Andy check out this article by Greg Johns on

Mike Blowers Inducted into American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame


Mariners broadcaster Mike Blowers was officially inducted into the Washington State American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday night during a banquet at the Clearwater Casino.

Blowers was one of 10 people honored by the Legion. They included long-time Legion coaches and star players, as well as Major Leaguer Grady Sizemore, an Everett native, and University of Washington alum and former NFLer Jake Locker.

Blowers, who was a stand-out shortstop in high school, played for the VFW Post 91 American Legion Baseball team in Pierce County.

“It’s a Great Honor be here and a part of the 90 year history of American Legion Baseball,” said Blowers. “To think of all the people that played American Legion Baseball this is really special to be recognized by them.”

Blowers went on to star at Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington, where he was PAC-10 North Division Triple Crown winner, and an 11 year Major League career. Mike is entering his 10th year as a member of the Mariners broadcast crew.

Other American Legion Hall of Fame inductees are:

Colin Curtis — Starred in America Legion Baseball with Lakeside Recovery, High School baseball star at Issaquah High School, Arizona State University and played 31 games with the New York Yankees (Outfielder) in 2010.

Ron Jackson — Longtime Legion Baseball Coach in Spokane area.

Randy Jorgensen — Played High School Baseball (Meadowdale) and  American Legion Baseball, Baseball at UW ’92 & ’93, seven years in the Mariners organization (including with Bellingham in ’93 and Tacoma ’98).

Larry Libby — Longtime American Legion Baseball Umpire in the Skagit and Snohomish County area.

Jake Locker — American Legion, High School and Summer League Baseball Player. Starred in football at the University of Washington, First Round Pick (8th Overall) of Tennessee Titans in 2011. Played for Titans 2011-2014 before announcing retirement in 2015.

Donnie Marbut — Played American Legion Baseball, Aberdeen High School, Edmonds Community College and Portland State Baseball. 11-year WSU Head Baseball Coach (2005-2015).

Bill McCutchin — Longtime Legion Coach in the Mt. Vernon/Skagit County area.

Leonard Pyne — Star American Legion Baseball player in Spokane area in 1940. Played at Central Valley High School and University of Idaho. Taught and coached baseball at Columbia Basin College for 30 years, Inducted into NWAC Hall of Fame in 1990.

Grady Sizemore — Star Football and Baseball player at Cascade High School in Everett. Played American Legion Baseball. Was going to play football (RB) for the University of Washington until drafted by Montreal Expos in the 3rd Round of 2000 Draft. Chose baseball and played in the Major Leagues with Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia (2015) and Tampa Bay (2015).

Alvin Davis Checks In With MLB Network’s Hot Stove

Mr. Mariner Alvin Davis checked in this morning with Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian on MLB Network’s Hot Stove. The trio covered plenty of ground as they talked about his Moose Clausen Community Service Award, the Toys for Kids Auction, the beginning of Ken Griffey Jr.’s Major League career and went head-to-head with Reynolds to see who could better remember their fellow teammates from the 1982 Lynn Sailors.

Trip To The Mariners Dominican Baseball Academy

DR Academy

It has been a busy time for the Mariners baseball operations department during the last few weeks, as the group has been putting its team together not just on the field, but in the front office. As ESPN’s Jayson Stark noted on twitter, “Jerry Dipoto is the early leader for most hyperactive GM. Already two trades involving nine players, one signing (Gutierrez) and two waiver claims!”

General Manager Jerry Dipoto, VP & Assistant G.M. Jeff Kingston, VP of Player Personnel Tom Allison & Special Assistant to the G.M. Joe Bohringer were in Boca Raton, FL for the G.M. meetings during the early part of this week and at the conclusion of those sessions, they made a trip to the Dominican Republic.

Dipoto, Kingston, Allison and Bohringer were joined at the Mariners Dominican Baseball Academy by Manager Scott Servais and Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz. The group will be there through the weekend checking in with the staff and players and watching games during the instructional league at the academy before they return home to Seattle.

Cruz in DR

Here are a few photos from the first day of the trip:

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Nelson Cruz Wins Louisville Silver Slugger Award


Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz has been selected to the 2015 American League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger team.

The award is the first of Cruz’s career and the first Silver Slugger Award for the Mariners since Ichiro Suzuki in 2009. He joins Ken Griffey Jr. (7x) and Ichiro (3x) as the only Mariners outfielders to win the Award.

Cruz, 35, hit .302 (178×590) with 90 runs, 22 doubles, 1 triple, 44 home runs, 93 RBI, a .369 on-base percentage & .566 slugging percentage in 152 games. He was amongst American League leaders in home runs (44/2nd), slugging percentage (.566/3rd), OPS (.936/4th), multi-hit games (49/T11th), batting average (.302/8th), RBI (93/T12th), extra-base hits (67/T10th), go-ahead RBI (27/T5th) and game-winning RBI (14/T7th).

Nelson led the team in runs (90), home runs (44), RBI (93), walks (59), average (.302), on-base percentage (.369) & slugging percentage (.566) while setting career bests in runs (90), hits (178), home runs (44) and walks (59).

He became the first player since Miguel Cabrera (2012-2013) to record consecutive 40-homer seasons and the 53rd player with consecutive 40-HR seasons. His 17 home runs at Safeco Field this season were T4th-most in ballpark history. His 44 home runs tied the Mariners record for most home runs by a right-handed hitter (Jay Buhner, 44 in 1996).

Cruz was voted as the starting designated hitter for the American League, his 4th All-Star game selection (2009, 2013-2015) and second start (also: 2014).

Louisville Slugger’s Silver Slugger award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who vote for the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2015. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.

Mariners Add Scott Brosius as AAA Hitting Coach

Scott Brosius

Former Major League third baseman Scott Brosius was added to the organization as Seattle’s Triple-A hitting coach. Brosius will join the Rainiers staff after spending the last 14 seasons, including the final 8 seasons as manager at Linfield College.  He joined Linfield College as an assistant coach in 2002 and was named manager prior to the 2008 season.  In eight seasons as manager, Brosius compiled a 270-96 win-loss record while leading the Wildcats to a national championship, four regional titles and five Northwest Conference crowns. He led Linfield to the playoffs a total of six times, including three straight years from 2013-15, for a total postseason record of 29-14. Under his reign, Linfield captured its first NCAA baseball title in 2014 and returned to the Finals in 2013, achieving the first back-to-back national appearances in program history. Brosius was named West Region Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and Northwest Conference coach of the year five times (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2014).

Brosius appeared in parts of 11 Major League seasons with Oakland (1991-1997) and New York-AL (1998-2001), batting .257 (1001×3889) with 544 runs scored, 200 doubles, 8 triples, 141 home runs, 531 RBI and 57 walks over 1,146 career games.  He was originally selected by Oakland in the 20th round of the 1987 amateur draft out of Linfield College and made his Major League debut with the Athletics on Aug. 7, 1991 vs. Seattle (2×4, R, HR, RBI).  He was part of winning three World Series titles with the Yankees in 1998, 1999 and 2000, was a Golden Glove award recipient in 1999, was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 World Series, and played in the 1998 All-Star Game.

Getting to know Scott Brosius:

  • Attended Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Oregon.
  • He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
  • Selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 20th round of the 1987 amateur draft and signed his first professional contract on June 9, 1987.
  • Appeared in parts of 11 Major League seasons with Oakland (1991-1997) and New York-AL (1998-2001), batting .257 (1001×3889) with 544 runs scored, 200 doubles, 8 triples, 141 home runs, 531 RBI and 57 walks over 1,146 career games.
  • Made his Major League debut on Aug. 7, 1991 vs. Seattle, going 2-for-4 with 1 run scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 1 RBI.
  • Traded to the Yankees from Oakland on November 18, 1997 for a Player to be Named Later (RHP Kenny Rogers).
  • Recorded 11 multi-home run games in his career, including 4 in 1996.
  • Appeared in the World Series in final 4 seasons with New York, including helping the Yankees to titles in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
  • Named the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 World Series, batting .471 (8×17) with 3 runs scored, 2 home runs and 6 RBI as Yankees defeated the San Diego Padres. He hit 2 home runs in Game 3 of the World Series, including one off of Padres closer Trevor Hoffman to give the Yankees a 3-0 Series lead.
  • Hit .260 (75×289) with 48 runs scored, 21 doubles, 1 triple, 13 home runs, 1 triple, 13 home runs and 37 RBI in 82 games with Seattle in his career.
  • Twice named USA Baseball Coach of the Year, coached the USA 18-under national team to gold medals in the 2011 COPABE Pan American AAA/U18 Championships and the 2012 IBAF World Championships.

Mariners Acquire RHP Joaquin Benoit from San Diego


Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the Mariners have acquired right-handed relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit (wah-KEEN behn-WAH) from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Enyel De Los Santos and minor league infielder Nelson Ward.

“Joaquin is a proven late game presence who brings both stability and impact to the back end of our bullpen,” Dipoto said. “We value his experience, track record of durability and consistently high end performance.”

Benoit, 38, was 6-5 with 2 saves and a 2.34 ERA (17 ER, 65.1 IP) in 67 relief appearances for the San Diego Padres in 2015. He posted a WHIP (walks + hits / innings pitched) of 0.90 last season, following a 0.77 WHIP in 2014. Opposing hitters batted just .159 (36×226), and were held to a .242 on-base percentage while slugging just .305. Right-handers were just .144/.250/.221 (15-for-104), the lowest batting average against of any NL pitcher to have faced 100+ right-handed batters.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound right-hander is a veteran of 14 Major League seasons with Texas (2001-08), Tampa Bay (2010), Detroit (2011-13) and San Diego (2014-15). He has a combined record of 54-42 with 50 saves and a 3.84 ERA (414 ER, 970.1 IP). For his career, Benoit has limited opposing hitters to a .223 batting average against, including a .214 mark by left-handed hitters (.233 vs. RHH).

De Los Santos, 19, began his pro career by splitting last season between Rookie Peoria and Short-A Everett, going 6-0 with a 3.47 ERA (24 ER, 62.1 IP) in 13 starts. He combined to limit opponents to a .262 (61×233), while walking 18 and striking out 71. He went 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA (7 ER, 24.2 IP) in 5 starts with the AZL Mariners before being promoted to Everett on July 21 where he went 3-0 with a 4.06 ERA (17 ER, 37.2 IP) in 8 starts with the AquaSox. He averaged 10.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, including striking out a season-high 8 strikeouts in 4.1 innings on July 24 vs. Spokane.

Ward, 23, split the season between A Clinton and High-A Bakersfield, batting .278 (126×454) with 81 runs scored, 19 doubles, 13 triples, 9 home runs, 55 RBI, 4 HBP, 59 walks and 13 stolen bases in 122 games. He led all Mariners farmhands, while finishing T4th among all minor league players, with 13 triples. He appeared in 46 games with Clinton, batting .270 (44×163) with 27 runs scored, 7 doubles, 7 triples, 2 home runs, 16 RBI, 26 walks and 5 stolen bases before being promoted to Bakersfield where he hit .282 (82×291) with 54 runs scored, 12 doubles, 6 triples, 7 home runs, 39 RBI, 4 HBP, 33 walks and 8 stolen bases in 76 games.

Mariners Sign Franklin Gutierrez for 2016 Season


Given a chance to sign a veteran outfielder who can play both corner outfield spots, produce off the bench, mentor younger players and has proven to be on the upswing following a battle with illness, Jerry Dipoto didn’t hesitate.

Today Dipoto announced that he has re-signed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez (who was a free agent) to a 2016 contract. (See full release below).

Gutierrez, 32, had a bounce back season in 2015 after missing all of 2014 as he battled the effects of ankylosing spondylitis (AS, a form of chronic inflammation of the spine and of the sacroiliac joints). Gutierrez battled several injuries and AS during a three-season span from 2011-2013 that allowed him to appear in only 173 of 486 team games, while making six separate trips to the disabled list.

However, he rejoined the Mariners in spring training in 2015, and hit .317 (57×180) in 48 games with AAA Tacoma. After being recalled from the Rainiers on June 24, Guti hit .292 (50×171) with 27 runs, 11 doubles, 15 home runs and 35 RBI while posting a .620 slugging percentage. (His slugging percentage trailed only Bryce Harper among all players with 150 or more at bats last season). Gutierrez hit .309 (34×110) in his final 35 games (August 4-end of season) and his total 1 home run per every 11.4 at-bats was the second-best HR/AB ratio in the Majors (behind Giancarlo Stanton).


Mariners Add Manny Acta as Third Base Coach


Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto & Manager Scott Servais announced today that former big league manager Manny Acta has been added to the Mariners Major League coaching staff as the third base coach.

Acta joins previously announced coaches Tim Bogar (Bench Coach), Edgar Martinez (Hitting Coach) and Mel Stottlemyre (Pitching Coach) on Servais’ Mariners staff.

“I believe Manny will be a great addition to our staff,” Servais said. “I’ve known him for over 25 years, since we were teammates in 1989. His experience as a Major League third base coach and manager, paired with his extensive player development background, will be very valuable to me, and to our players, as we move forward.”

Acta, 46, is currently in his third season as the General Manager of the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League, which included a Dominican Winter League championship during his first season (2013-14). He spent six seasons as a Major League manager with the Cleveland Indians (2010-12) & Washington Nationals (2007-09) and previously served as a third base coach with the New York Mets (2005-06) and Montreal Expos (2002-04).

Prior to his Major League coaching career, he spent 10 years in the Houston Astros player development system (1992-2001), including eight seasons as a minor league manager (1993-2000). He was the Manager of the Year in 1999 with Single-A Kissimmee in the Florida State League.

Acta served as the Manager for the Dominican Republic’s entry in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006, leading the team to the WBC’s Final Four. He also has managerial experience in the Venezuelan Winter League with Caracas (1999-01), as well as in the Dominican Winter League with Estrellas Orientales (2002-03) and Tigres del Licey (2003-04 & 2004-05). He led Licey to a Dominican Winter League Championship and subsequently a Caribbean Series title during the 2003-04 season for which he was named Manager of the Year.

Before beginning his coaching career, he played six seasons in the Houston Astros organization (1986-1991).

Acta also served as a baseball analyst for ESPN & ESPN Deportes for two seasons (2013-14).

ROOT SPORTS Earns Emmy For Its Coverage of Mariners Baseball


ROOT SPORTS Northwest was awarded two Emmys at this year’s 52nd Annual Awards Ceremony for the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

In the category of “Sporting Event/Game – Live/Unedited – Program/Special”, ROOT SPORTS was honored for its game coverage of Mariners Baseball.  The crew specially recognized by NATAS included:

Jon Bradford, Executive Producer
Sarah Hilsendeger, Production Manager
Curtis Wilson, Senior Producer
Liz Serrette, Operations Manager
Mark Engelbrekt, Senior Director
Pike Parker, Producer
Doug Herbison, Director
Lacey Cameron, Director
Andy Urlacher, Audio Specialist
Steven Hurd, Production Associate
Stu Vitue, Editor
Carl Severson, Editor

A second Emmy for “Graphic Arts” was also awarded to ROOT SPORTS this year, accepted by Richard Ealom.

“Congratulations to ROOT SPORTS Northwest for earning two Emmys this year, the fifth consecutive year it has been recognized by NATAS,” said Randy Adamack, Mariners Sr. Vice President of Communications. “The production quality of Mariners Baseball games on ROOT SPORTS ranks among the very best in baseball, both locally and nationally, which is a tribute to the hard work, pride and creativity of the staff.”

In 2015, ROOT SPORTS produced and distributed 161 of the Mariners 162 regular season games, as well as 16 spring training game telecasts, the most in team history.

ROOT SPORTS Northwest is the home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Big Sky Conference and Mountain West Conference. The network reaches 3.4 million households across five states, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, and delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are available in high definition.


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