The Seattle Mariners today announced their 2016 Cactus League schedule, a 33-game slate which includes 18 home games at the Peoria (Arizona) Sports Complex. The Mariners and San Diego Padres open their spring schedules on Wednesday, March 2 at 1:10pm (12:10pm PST) in the annual charity game, with proceeds benefitting local charitable and youth organizations in the Peoria area. The two teams meet again on Thursday, March 3.
The home schedule features four night games:
- Saturday, March 12 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers (7:40pm/6:40pm PST);
- Saturday, March 19 vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks (7:10pm);
- Wednesday, March 23 vs. the Oakland Athletics (7:10pm);
- Friday, April 1 vs. the Colorado Rockies (7:10pm).
Mariners 2016 Spring Training Reporting Dates
- Feb. 19 – Pitchers & Catchers physicals
- Feb. 20 – Pitchers & Catchers first workout
- Feb. 24 – Position players physicals
- Feb. 25 – First full squad workout
Three games are set against the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. The Royals will visit Peoria on March 9 (1:10 pm/12:10pm PST) and March 28 (1:10pm), and the Mariners will go to Surprise on Saturday, March 19 (1:05pm).
The opponent the Mariners will see most often next spring will be the Colorado Rockies. The two teams will play two games in Peoria and two at Salt River Fields, home of the Rockies. The teams will conclude their Cactus League schedules on Friday, April 1 in Peoria, and Saturday, April 2 at Salt River Fields.
The complete Mariners Spring Training schedule is now available on Mariners.com. Information on radio and TV coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle and ROOT SPORTS Northwest will be announced at a later date.
Spring Training Tickets
There will be a special presale of 2016 Spring Training single game tickets for Mariners season ticket holders and Mariners.com registered users December 5-7. Single game tickets will be available to all fans, online only, beginning Saturday, December 12. The Peoria box office opens on Saturday, January 9.
Spring Training Travel
Spring Training Travel packages are now available that include a choice of accommodations, car rental, exclusive postgame dinner with select Mariners players and team personnel, game tickets, parking and commemorative Mariners Spring Training merchandise. Escorted “Senior” packages are also available. Check Mariners.com/SpringTraining for details on package offers and pricing.
WINTER LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS
- 10TH ANNUAL FALL STARS GAME: The AFL West Fall Stars defeated the AFL East Fall Stars 8-3 on Saturday night in the 10th Annual Fall Stars game. D.J. Peterson was the starting 1B and hit 8th, going 1-for-2 for the AFL West Fall Stars. LH David Rollins (1.0,1,1,1,1,3) allowed 1 run, walked 1 and struck out 3 in the 7th inning to earn a hold.
- HEATING UP IN A LAND DOWN UNDER: 1B/OF Kyle Petty has hit safely in 10 of 12 games, including 6 multi-hit contest with Adelaide. Overall he is batting .400 (20×50) with 12 runs scored, 4 doubles, 5 home runs, 15 RBI, 1 walk and 5 stolen bases in 12 games. Petty currently leads the Australian Baseball League in home runs (5), hits (20), slugging percentage (.780), total bases (39) and HR/AB (1/10.00), while also ranking 2nd in RBI (15), T2nd in runs scored (12) and extra-base hits (9), 3rd in stolen bases (5) and 4th in average (.400) and at-bats (50).
- LET’S GO STREAKING: INF Jordan Cowan has hit safely in 5 straight games for Adelaide, batting .476 (10×21) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 1 walk and 2 stolen bases. He drove in a season-high 4 hits on Nov. 6 vs. Melbourne (4×5, R, HR, 3 RBI) and drove in a season-high 4 runs on Nov. 8 vs. Melbourne (2×4, R, 2B, 4 RBI). Overall in 12 games, Cowan is batting .333 (18×54) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 double, 7 RBI, 2 walks and 6 stolen bases. He leads the ABL in stolen bases (6) and at-bats (54), while ranking 2nd in hits (18) and T10th in average (.333). RHP Kody Kerski is 0-1 with 2 saves and a 2.45 ERA (1 ER, 3.2 IP) in 5 relief appearances with the Bite.
- LEADING THE WAY: OF James Jones has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games with 5 multi-hit contest, batting .377 (17×45) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home runs, 5 RBI, 2 walks and 4 stolen bases with the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. Overall in 22 games with Aragua, Jones is batting .329 (28×85) with 12 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home runs, 9 RBI, 7 walks and 6 stolen bases. His 6 stolen bases currently are the 3rd-most in the VWL.
- HE’S JUST WINS: LHP Vidal Nuño is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA (4 ER, 24.0 IP) in 4 starts with Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. He has limited opponents to a .225 (20×89) average, while walking 5 and striking out 15. In his last start on Nov. 5, Nuño (7.0,3,0,0,2,2) allowed only 3 hits, walked 2 and struck out 2 in 7.0 shutout innings to earn his 4th win as Aragua defeated Zulia 2-0. 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 currently leads the VWL in wins, while ranking 4th in ERA (1.50). Also among VWL starters he ranks 3rd in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings (9.37) and 4th in lowest walk per 9.0 inning ratio (1.50).
Full Mariners Winter League Update is listed below.
MARINERS PROSPECTS PLAYING THE PREMIER 12 TOURNAMENT
The Mariners currently have 5 prospects playing in the 2015 WBSC Premier 12 tournament, including 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.
To follow along, go to: http://wbsc.org/en/tournaments/2015-premier12 for all the latest information.
MINOR LEAGUE FREE AGENTS
Sometimes called a “Six-Year Minor League Free-Agent,” an unsigned minor league player is automatically declared a free-agent on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series if the player has had his first contract renewed six times and has spent all or any part of at least seven separate seasons on a minor league roster (including all or parts of any season spent on Optional Assignment to the minors), and/or if the player has been previously released or non-tendered in his career and his present contract (known as a “second contract” even if it’s his third or fourth minor league contract) has expired.
A minor league free-agent can sign a contract with any major league or minor league club (including the player’s former club) without any restrictions. A club receives no compensation for losing an Article XX-B, Article XX-D, Article XIX-A, or MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent.
Teams can renew a player’s UPC six times—for the 20010-15 seasons, in the case of 2009 draft picks—before the player either is declared a minor league free agent or his club makes him a major leaguer by adding him to the 40-man roster.
Major League Baseball grants free agency to all eligible players—major and minor league alike—five days after the conclusion of the World Series. Below is a list of players that played in the Mariners organization in 2015 that are now minor league free agents:
- INF/OF Leury Bonilla (AAA)
- RHP Joselito Cano (Short-A)
- 1B Ji-Man Choi (AAA)
- LHP Anthony Fernandez (AA)
- OF Arby Fields (A)
- RHP Oliver Garcia (AA)
- LHP James Gillheeney (AA)
- RHP Moises Hernandez (AA)
- RHP Luis Jimenez (Rookie-DSL)
- 1B Jordy Lara (AA)
- 1B Pat Leyland (A)
- LHP Lucas Luetge (AAA)
- RHP Ramon Morla (High-A)
- RHP JC Ramirez (AAA)
- OF Burt Reynolds (A)
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez (AA)
- RHP Kyle Schepel (AAA)
- C Carlton Tanabe (High-A)
- RHP Richard Vargas (AA)
- RHP Chien-Ming Wang (AAA)
CHECKING IN WITH OUTFIELDER DARIO PIZZANO
Pizzano was the Mariners 15th round selection in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Columbia University. Over 4 minor league seasons with the Mariners, Pizzano is batting .296 (386×1303) with 201 runs scored, 101 doubles, 17 triples, 27 home runs, 208 RBI, 178 walks and a .383 on-base percentage in his career. He was on pace for a career season, including being named a Southern League All-Star, before his season was cut short sprained a ligament in the bottom of his right hand.
Check out this MiLB.com recent feature on Pizzano and his opportunity to play in the Arizona Fall League after missing the second half of the 2015 season due to injury.
Here is Pizzano’s 2015 season highlights with the Jackson Generals:
OF Dario Pizzano spent season with AA Jackson, batting .308 (68×221) with 26 runs scored, 13 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs, 33 RBI, 2 HBP, 19 walks and 2 stolen bases in 58 games.
- Overall – Hit safely in 43 of 58 games he has appeared with the Generals.
- Let’s Go Streaking – Recorded a career-high 25-game hitting streak, April 16-May 17…during the streak hit .396 (40×101) with 11 runs scored, 5 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run, 14 RBI, 5 walks and 2 stolen bases.
- Pizzano’s 25-game hit streak is the longest in his career, surpassing a career-high 19-game hitting streak with Clinton in 2013 (19 G, 8/7-25/13 w/Clinton).
- Pizzano set a franchise record hitting in 26 straight games, breaking the prior mark of 20 games set by Jeff Frazier with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx in 2007.
- Pizzano’s 25-game hitting streak is the longest by a Mariners farmhand this season…ranks as the 3rd-longest hitting streak in the minor leagues this season, trailing only 26-game hitting streak by Hector Martinez (DSL Tigers) and Michael Pierson (Orem)…Pizzano is 1 of 19 players this season to record a hitting streak of at least 20 games, including 1 of 3 Mariners farmhands (Franklin Gutierrez-TAC, 20 & Drew Jackson-EVE, 20).
- Multi-Hits – Recorded 19 multi-hit games, including 6 season-high 3-hit games.
- What a Game – Went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 triple, 6 RBI and 1 walk on May 27 vs. Montgomery…set a career-high in RBI (previous: 5 RBI, 6/2/14 vs. Huntsville w/Jackson) and were the 2nd-most RBI by a Generals player in a single game this season, trailing only Jabari Blash’s 7 RBI.
- All-Star – Named to the Southern League All-Star Team, but did not play due to injury.
- Injury Report – Placed on the disabled list with a sprained ligament in right hand on June 25 for the remainder of the season.
Former Mariners first baseman Alvin Davis has been named the recipient of the 2015 Moose Clausen Community Service Award.
The award is bestowed each fall by the Seattle Mariners RBI Club, a group of active Mariners season ticket holders, to a member of the Mariners organization (active or retired) for significant contributions to the community.
Alvin received the award this past Saturday, November 7, at the annual RBI Club Toys for Kids fundraiser at the Bellevue Hyatt Evergreen Ballroom.
Alvin was one of those rare players who made an immediate impact. He made his Major League debut in 1984. That season, he represented the Mariners at the All-Star Game, was named Mariners MVP and American League Rookie of the Year. When he finished his eight year career with the Mariners, Alvin was the team leader in eight different offensive categories. In 1997, he became the first inductee to the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Since he retired from baseball, Alvin has stayed connected to the game as a high school coach in his hometown of Riverside, California, and working with Mariners minor leaguers. Alvin and his wife Kim are active in their church leadership and help families with biblical and financial counsel.
The RBI Community Service Award is named for Al “Moose” Clausen, who is a Seattle born and raised baseball fanatic who worked in the Mariners front office for many years.
Previous Moose Clausen Award winners include Dan Wilson, Jamie Moyer, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Dave Valle and Julio Cruz.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves.
- Dan Robertson, OF, claimed off waivers from Los Angeles (AL)
- JC Ramirez, RHP, outrighted to AAA Tacoma
The Mariners 40-man roster remains at 37.
Robertson, 30, spent last season in the Angels organization, including two stints in the Majors where he hit .280 (21×75) with 10 runs, 2 doubles and 7 RBI in 37 games while playing in left field (27 G, 11 GS), center field (7 G, 4 GS) and right field (1 G). He began the season with AAA Salt Lake where he hit .265 (65×245) with 27 runs, 16 doubles, 1 home run and 20 RBI in 60 games. Also appeared in two games with the AZL Angels.
In parts of two Major League seasons with the Angels (2015) and Rangers (2014), he has combined to hit .274 (69×252) with 33 runs, 11 doubles, 1 triple and 28 RBI in 107 games. In eight minor league seasons in the Padres, Rangers and Angels organizations, he has hit .299 (892×2979) with 529 runs, 165 doubles, 34 triples, 27 home runs, 334 RBI and a .377 on-base percentage in 793 games. He was originally drafted by San Diego in the 33rd round of the 2008 June Amateur Draft out of Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR).
Ramirez, 27, split the season between Seattle & Arizona, going 1-2 with a 5.32 ERA (14 ER, 23.2 IP) with 16 strikeouts in 20 relief appearances. With Seattle was 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA (7 ER, 8.1 IP) with 5 strikeouts in 8 appearances after being selected from AAA Tacoma on Sept. 8. In the minors, appeared in 14 games with AAA Tacoma, going 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA (5 ER, 18.0 IP) and had 23 relief appearances with AAA Reno, going 0-1 with 1 save and a 2.88 ERA (8 ER, 25.0 IP) in 23 relief appearances with AAA Reno. He was acquired by Seattle in a minor league trade from Arizona on July 27.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that Seattle has completed a six-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle has acquired right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league outfielder Boog Powell in exchange for first baseman Logan Morrison, infielder/outfielder Brad Miller and right-handed pitcher Danny Farquhar.
“As I said when I was hired, we need to get more flexible, more athletic and build pitching depth,” Dipoto said. “This trade allows us to do all three. Powell brings speed, defense on on-base percentage to the table and could be ready to help us as soon as 2016, while Karns and Riefenhauser give us young, but experienced, pitching options”.
Karns, who turns 28 on Nov. 25, went 7-5 with a 3.67 ERA (60 ER, 147.0 IP) in 27 games, 26 starts with Tampa Bay in 2015. He limited opponents to a .239 (132×553) average, while walking 56 and striking out 145. Karns led all American League rookies in innings pitched (147.0 IP), strikeouts (145) and game starts (26), while his 7 wins were tied for 5th-most. Among A.L. rookies with at least 100.0 innings pitched, he ranked 3rd in ERA and 2nd in opponent batting average (.239).
Karns was originally selected by Washington in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University. He made his Major League debut with the Nationals on May 28, 2013 vs. Baltimore, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits over 4.1 innings, but did not factor into the team’s 9-3 win. Karns was acquired by the Rays from the Nationals in exchange for C Jose Lobaton, LHP Felipe Rivero and OF Drew Vettleson on February 13, 2014. In parts of three Major League seasons, Karns is 8-7 with a 4.00 ERA (76 ER, 171.0) in 32 games, 31 starts with Washington (2013) and Tampa Bay (2014-15).
Riefenhauser, 25, made 17 appearances over four separate stints with the Rays in 2015, combining for a 1-0, 5.52 mark, all in relief. In his final 11 appearances (Sept. 1-end of season) he posted a 2.16 ERA (2 ER, 8.1 IP), closing the season with a career-high 7 consecutive scoreless appearances. Overall, he was with Tampa Bay April 17-May 28 (including a stint on the 15-day DL April 23-May 28 with left shoulder inflammation), June 12-17, July 1-4 and September 1 – end of season. He appeared in 29 games (all in relief) with AAA Durham, posting a 4-2, 2.86 mark with 1 save (11 ER, 34.2 IP).
Riefenhauser was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 20th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Rays on April 19, 2014 vs. the Yankees, retiring all four batters faced. Overall in two seasons with Tampa, he was 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA (14 ER, 20.0 IP) in 24 relief appearances. Riefenhauser went 30-23 with a 2.77 ERA (138 ER, 448.0 IP) in 191 games, 42 starts over 6 seasons in the minor leagues.
Powell, 22, hit .295 (131×444) with 66 runs scored, 16 doubles, 9 triples, 3 home runs, 40 RBI, 61 walks, 18 stolen bases and a .385 on-base percentage combined between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham in 2015. Powell began the season with Montgomery and was named to the 2015 Southern League All-Star team. Overall with the Biscuits, he hit .328 (78×238) with 44 runs scored, 6 doubles, 6 triples, 1 home run, 22 RBI, 29 walks, 11 stolen bases and a .408 on-base percentage in 61 games. At the time of his promotion to Durham on June 26, Powell ranked among the Southern League leaders in average (3rd, .328), hits (3rd, 78), runs scored, (T3rd, 44) and on-base percentage (4th, .408). Over 56 games with Durham, Powell hit .257 (53×206) with 22 run scored, 10 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and 18 RBI.
Powell was originally selected by Oakland in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Orange Coast College. He was traded from the Athletics along with C John Jaso, INF Daniel Roberson and cash considerations to Tampa Bay in in exchange for SS Yunel Escobar and INF/OF Ben Zobrist on January 10, 2015. Over four seasons in the minor leagues, he batted .308 (333×1082) with 170 runs scored, 34 doubles, 17 triples, 6 home runs, 95 RBI, 163 walks and 53 stolen bases in 294 games. In his career has a .401 on-base percentage, including a .451 on-base percentage in 2014 that was 2nd-best in the minor leagues.
Farquhar, 28, was 1-8, 5.12 ERA (29 ER, 51.0 IP) with 1 save in 43 games over five separate stints with Seattle in 2015. In his three-year (2013-2105) career with Seattle, Farquhar was 4-12, 3.85 ERA (76 ER, 177.2 IP) with 18 saves in 155 games. He has also appeared in the Majors with Toronto (2011), and has a career MLB mark of 4-12, 3.96 ERA (79 ER, 179.2 IP) with 18 saves in 158 games.
Miller, 26, hit .258 (113×438) with 44 runs, 22 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs and 46 RBI in 144 games in 2015. He appeared in games at shortstop, center field, left field, right field, second base and third base. Originally a second round pick by the Mariners in the 2011 draft, Miller appeared in 343 games with Seattle over the past three (2013-2015) seasons, batting a combined .248 (275×1111) with 48 doubles, 14 triples, 29 home runs and 118 RBI.
Morrison, 28, hit .225 (103×457) with 47 runs, 15 doubles, 3 triples, 17 home runs and 54 RBI in 146 games this season, appearing in 140 games (115 starts) at first base, 3 games (1 start) in right field & 1 start in left field. In two seasons with Seattle, he hit .241 (191×793) with 88 runs, 35 doubles, 3 triples, 28 home runs and 92 RBI in 245 games. In six Major League seasons with Miami (2010-13) & Seattle (2014-15), he has hit .246 (513×2088) with 247 runs, 108 doubles, 19 triples, 70 home runs and 254 RBI in 608 games.
Now that the season has come to an end, we can take a look back at how the Mariners fared in the replay review department. The Mariners were one of the most successful challengers in baseball this season, having 27 of their 38 challenges ruled in their favor behind just the Chicago Cubs (28).
With a 71% success rate this season on challenges, the Mariners ranked 2nd in the Majors in that category behind just the New York Yankees (73%).
FOX Sports‘ Just A Bit Outside covered the replay reviews topic a few weeks ago from a different perspective: Which Manager Had Most Success With Review System in 2015?
Here’s a look at how every team in the Majors fared with the replay system in 2015:
As a brief refresher, here are the rules for challenging a ruling on the field.
- Most Common Plays
- Force plays (excluding neighborhood plays)
- Tag-ups on fly balls
- Tag plays
- Fair/foul in outfield only (at or behind umpire)
- Catch/No Catch in outfield only (behind infielder)
- Batter hit by pitch
- Ground rule doubles
- Fan interference
- Stadium boundaries (e.g., skywalk, fielder into stands, etc.)
- Base Running
- Timing plays
- Touching a base (requires appeal before challenge)
- Passing runners
- Home plate collisons
Umpire Discretion (Manager may request but cannot challenge)
- Home runs
- Record keeping (e.g. ball-strike count, outs, score, illegal substitutions, rules check)
There are a couple of great websites that go into detail on the plays that have done under review this season, including BaseballSavant.com and Baseball-Reference.com. Be sure to bookmark both of those and check them out. You can also follow the official MLB Instant Replay twitter site via @MLBReplays.
Mariners Winter League Highlights (Oct. 26-Nov. 2):
- 1B/3B D.J. Peterson (.257/9×35, 4 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB) and LHP David Rollins (0-0-1, 3.38/3 ER, 5.1 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO) will represent the Mariners and the Peoria Javelina’s in the Arizona Fall League’s 10th annual Fall Stars Game Presented by Bowman Baseball Cards. Peterson also participated in the 2014 Fall Stars Game. The game will be played at 6:08 p.m. AZ (5:08 p.m. PT) this Saturday, November 7 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
- LHP Ryan Horstman has allowed only 3 hits, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts over 4.2 scoreless innings in 5 relief appearances for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League. Despite appearing in only 21 games since making his MiL debut in 2013, Horstman has not allowed a run over his last 25.0 innings, dating back to June 23, 2014.
- OF James Jones has hit safely in each of his last 6 games with the Tigres de Aragua. During the 6-game hitting streak he is batting .391 (9×23) with 4 runs scored, 1 double, 1 triple, 4 RBI, 1 walk and 2 stolen bases. Jones drove in a season-high 4 runs in Aragua’s 12-5 win over Magallenes on Oct. 30, going 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored, 1 triple and 4 RBI. Overall in 17 games in the Venezuelan Winter League, Jones is batting .317 (20×63) with 9 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triple, 8 RBI and 4 stolen bases.
- LHP Vidal Nuño is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA (4 ER, 17.0 IP) in his first 3 starts with Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. He has limited opponents to a .258 (17×66) average, while walking 3 and striking out 13. He recorded the win, despite allowing 4 runs over 5.0 innings in his last start on Oct. 30 at Magallenes (5.0,11,4,4,0,4). Nuño did not allow an earned run (1 R) over his first 12.0 innings in 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).
- RHP Osmer Morales has appeared in 7 games with Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League, going 1-1 with a 1.35 (2 ER, 13.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .152 (7×46) average, while walking 4 and striking out 14. Morales has tossed 9.1 scoreless innings over his last 3 relief appearances, allowing only 2 hits, 2 walks and striking out 8.
- 1B/DH Ji-Man Choi has reached base safely in 11 of 12 games, including each of is last 11 games with Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Winter League. After going 0-for-4 in his first game of the season, Choi is batting .277 (10×36) with 8 runs scored, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 7 RBI and 11 walks. He has walked 8 times in his last 4 games, including 4 walks on Nov. 1 vs. Gigantes (0x1, 2 R, 4 BB).
- 1B/OF Kyle Petty is batting .333 (11×33) with 7 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBI, 1 walk and 2 stolen bases in 8 games with Adelaide in the Australia Baseball League.
You can get updated Winter League stats on Milb.com.
Here is the latest edition of the Mariners Winter League Update:
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.
Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was featured in Major League Baseball’s most recent Stand Up 2 Cancer public service announcement. The moving PSA campaign offers an intimate look into the lives of MLB stars when they were young and developing their passion for baseball— featuring cancer survivor and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, as well as Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, center fielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher David Price and center fielder Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The new PSAs debut Friday, October 30th during Game Three of the 2015 World Series.
Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs are the founding donors of SU2C and a lead donor since 2008, committing nearly $40 million to date. As the initiative’s founding donor, MLB has collaborated with SU2C on significant awareness-building efforts, including public service announcements, in-stadium promotion and fundraising events, and has supported SU2C throughout the year, including at the MLB All-Star Game and World Series. Stand Up To Cancer raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the addition of a Special Assistant and new titles and responsibilities in the Mariners baseball operations department.
Jeff Kingston has been promoted to Vice President & Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations. He will assist Dipoto in all aspects of the Mariners baseball operations and takes on additional responsibilities overseeing the Player Development department. Kingston was hired by Seattle on Sept. 17, 2009 as the Assistant General Manager, a position he has held the past six years. Prior to joining Seattle, Jeff served variously as Assistant to the Director of Player Development and Director of Baseball Operations with the San Diego Padres from 2001 until being hired by the Mariners.
Tom Allison has been promoted to Vice President, Player Personnel. In his expanded role, Tom will oversee all aspects of the Mariners scouting operation. Seattle’s Amateur, Professional and International Scouting will all report to Tom. Allison, who joined the team September 26, 2012, has over 20 years of professional scouting experience. He was previously the Mariners Director of Professional Scouting. Prior to joining Seattle, Tom worked in various scouting capacities with the New York Mets (1995-99), Milwaukee Brewers (2000-06) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2007-2010) and the Boston Red Sox (2011-2012).
Lee MacPhail IV has been promoted to Director of Professional Scouting, filling the spot previously held by Tom Allison. Lee joined Seattle as a Major League scout in November 2012. He previously worked with the Baltimore Orioles (2007-12), Minnesota Twins (2006-07), Washington Nationals (2002-06), Twins (1998-2002), Cleveland Indians (1996-98), Texas Rangers (1995-96) and Baltimore Orioles (1991-95)
MacPhail (Director of Professional Scouting), Tom McNamara (who will continue in his role as Director of Amateur Scouting) and Tim Kissner (who will continue in his role as Director of International Scouting) will all report directly to Tom Allison.
In addition, Joe Bohringer has been named Special Assistant to the General Manager after spending the previous four seasons as the Chicago Cubs Director of Professional Scouting. He served as a pro scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2006-11) where he evaluated professional players at all levels and assisted with crosschecking amateur players for the Arizona drafts in 2009 & 2010. He previously spent five seasons as an area scouting supervisor for the Seattle Mariners from 2002-06, first in California and then in the upper Midwest. Before beginning his scouting career, he spent three seasons as senior manager of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2001). He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993 with a business degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and soon began his baseball career with internships with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates while a student at MIT.