Zoning in on Joel Peralta

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Zoning in on the 2016 Mariners is a series in which we examine every player on the 2016 Mariners. We explain their role on the field, what they’re like off of it and provide highlights and photos.

Every year, there are players who come to Spring Training just looking for a chance. There isn’t a role specifically carved out for them, but they come looking to open some eyes, and be there if needed. That was Joel Peralta. The 40-year-old reliever came to compete, and now he’s on the roster for the 2016 Mariners.

Peralta signed a Minor League deal with the Mariners on February 9th and came to camp as a non-roster invitee. He pitched last year with the Dodgers, spending some time on the disabled list as well. But heading into this year, he was feeling good again and wanted to keep playing.

“As long as I feel healthy and get hitters out, my age is not a big deal,” he said in speaking with Greg Johns for Mariners.com. “The day when I feel I can’t get anybody out, that’s the day for me to go home. I don’t know when that happens, but it’s not this year.”

Peralta is feeling confident after playing over the offseason in the Dominican Winter League and then the Caribbean Series, the annual tournament between the winter league champions from the D.R., Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba.

Of course, there’s plenty before that too, as he’s a veteran of 11 Major League seasons, having been a staple of some very good Tampa Bay Rays bullpens from 2011 through 2014. Peralta’s experience is something that surely had value in the eyes of general manager Jerry Dipoto.

“Joel is a gamer,” Dipoto said when announcing Peralta was being added to the 40 man roster. “He makes a difference in our clubhouse. I think Joel is a leader in the bullpen. He also showed physically, he’s been 90-92 [mph] all spring and his split-finger is a weapon. He’s a guy who gets righties and lefties out, kind of a reverse splits type, and especially in a bullpen that is going to start without Charlie Furbush, the idea that a Joel Peralta is capable of coming in and getting the better left-handed hitters in the league and having strikeout stuff really helps.”

Off the Field

Joel Peralta very recently celebrated his 40th birthday. It was something the clubhouse had quite a bit of fun with, even getting him a motorized scooters to wheel around on.

Here’s a look at the cake that accompanied it:

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Mariners Opening Day Info – April 4 at Texas

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Game #1 (4/4): Mariners (0-0) vs. Rangers (66-93) | 3:09 pm PT | Globe Life Park
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Felix Hernandez (0-0, —) vs. RHP Cole Hamels (0-0, —)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
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Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
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Zoning in on Felix Hernandez

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Zoning in on the 2016 Mariners is a daily series in which we examine every player on the 2016 Mariners in the lead-up to Opening Day. We explain their role on the field, what they’re like off of it and provide highlights and photos.

The Mariners have what every team wants: the certifiable ace you can hand the ball to year after year on Opening Day. As the Mariners begin their 2016 season, Felix Hernandez will start his ninth opener—the most in Mariners history by a good margin.

“It’s always fun to throw Opening Day,” Hernandez said when it as announced he, of course, would start the opener. “I can’t wait to do that.”

Not only is the total the most in Mariners history, it’s also the most ever by a pitcher before turning 30. And in those eight previous Opening Day starts, the Mariners have never lost. Heading into tomorrow, the Mariners carry a nine-game Opening Day winning streak, which is tied for the longest in the history of baseball.

Speaking of streaks, Felix’s 2015 saw him yet again throw 200 innings, that being the eighth straight season he’s done that—which is a club record and tied for first in the Majors since 2008. He also broke through the 2,000-strikeout barrier in 2015, becoming the fourth-youngest player to do so.

But for Felix, he’s looking for more than personal accomplishments. Now, especially.

“It’s always motivation, every year, trying to do something special. I’m trying to make the playoffs,” he said. “It drives me crazy. It’s been a while. A long time. Well, I’ve never been in the playoffs in the big leagues and I can’t wait to be there.”

His manager agrees. It’s time.

“I talked with him a little about it in the offseason,” said Scott Servais. “Felix has never thrown a pitch in the playoffs. And it’s time. We have a lot of work to do to get there and he knows that as well, but for a player to have that kind of career and not pitch in the playoffs yet, it’s up to us to get the pieces around him and it’s up to him to pull a few guys along with him. It’s going to be a joint effort.”

If it’s going to happen, Felix repeating what he did last year against the Mariners biggest rivals would certainly help. Last year, he went 11-3 with 2.87 ERA against the American League West.

Off the Field

Felix’s presence is not only felt on the mound, but also in the community. Just this past offseason, he donated $100,000 in grants to several local non-profits. Those included Boys & Girls Clubs of King County; Washington State Little League Districts 8/9 Challenger program for children with disabilities; Baseball Beyond Borders; Seattle Central Little League; and Seattle Children’s Hospital Strong Against Cancer initiative

Of course, donating money is one thing—and donating time is another. Felix is happy to do both.

Felix has also served as a spokesman for the Seattle Humane Society. That’s very fitting, as he has a few dogs of his own.


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Mariners Set Opening Day Roster

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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jerry Dipoto announced the following roster moves today:

Selected from AAA Tacoma (1):
Right-Handed Pitcher:       Joel Peralta

Designated for Assignment (1):
Catcher:                           Rob Brantly

Seattle has 10 days to trade, release or outright the contract of Brantly to the minors.

Re-Assigned to Minor League Camp (4):

Right-Handed Pitchers (2): Blake Parker, Donn Roach
Infielder (1):                      Efren Navarro
Outfielder (1):                   Daniel Robertson

Placed on 15-Day Disabled List (2) – retroactive to March 25:
Left-Handed Pitcher (1):    Charlie Furbush (left shoulder biceps tendinitis)
Right-Handed Pitcher (1):  Evan Scribner (strained latissimus dorsi, right shoulder)

Today’s roster moves set the Mariners Opening Day roster at 25 players, plus four players on the disabled list.

Seattle opens the 2016 season on Monday, April 4 at the Texas Rangers in Globe Life Park. Game time is 1:05 pm (PT).

Here is a look at the club’s Opening Day roster…please note new numbers for Dae-Ho Lee and Nick Vincent.

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 44

Saturday, April 2, 2016 / 2 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

MARINERS AT ROCKIES RECAP

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe Seattle Mariners wrapped up their 40th Spring Training with an 8-5 win over the Colorado Rockies before a crowd of 8,018 on Saturday afternoon at Salt River Field at Talking Stick. The Mariners improved to 16-14-3 in Cactus League action. Nathan Karns picked up the win to move to 2-1 this spring, and Nick Vincent earned his first save of the spring.

Colorado took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Nolan Arenado led off the inning with a single, followed by a walk to Gerardo Parra. Both runners eventually came around to score.

The Mariners cut the Rockies lead to 2-1 in the top of the third when Kyle Seager drew a two-out walk and scored on Robinson Canó’s double off the wall in left-center field. Seattle plated four runs in the top of the sixth for a 5-2 advantage. Dae-Ho Lee delivered the key base hit in the inning, a two-run double to left field.

The Rockies responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, but Seattle still held a two-run lead, 5-3.

The first five Mariners batters in the top of the seventh reached base safely, and three came around to score, extending Seattle’s lead to 8-3. Luis Sardiñas drove home Efren Navarro with a double. It was Sardiñas’ 16th RBI of the spring, 2nd-most on the club behind Canó who finished with 17 RBI. Lee picked up his third RBI of the game with a single to right field.

Colorado scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Mariners held on for the 8-5 victory.

In his 7th and final start of Spring Training, Karns allowed 3 runs on 3 hits over 6.0 innings pitched. Karns struck out 8 – the most by a Mariners starter this spring – and walked 2. At one point, Karns retired 12 consecutive batters – 6 on strikeouts – starting with the third out in the bottom of the second inning through the second out in the bottom of the sixth.

Mike Montgomery (8th) and Vincent (9th) each pitched 1.0 scoreless inning in relief.

MARINERS AT ROCKIES HIGHLIGHTS
Robinson Canó opens the Mariners scoring in the top of the third with a double off the wall in left-center, scoring Kyle Seager from first base.

Dae-Ho Lee drives in two runs in the top of the sixth with a double.

Steve Clevenger caps the Mariners 4-run sixth inning with a single to center.

Lee pickes up his 3rd RBI of the ballgame.

KARNS MEETS THE MEDIA

Karns MediaNathan Karns speaks with the media in Scottsdale after making his 7th and final start of Spring Training. Karns is scheduled to make his first start of the regular season on Saturday, April 9 at 6:10 pm against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field.

ON DECK

Today: Bags are packed. The truck is loaded. It’s time to hit the road. Following today’s game, the club travels to Arlington, Texas ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s workout at Globe Life Park. Next stop: Texas.

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Monday: The Mariners open the 2016 season Monday, April 4 at 1:05 pm PT against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Right-hander Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his 9th Opening Day start (8th consecutive) against Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network, and televised on ROOT SPORTS.
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080915_088 BVHSunday: The first King’s Court of the season is slated for Sunday, April 10 at 1:10 pm against the Athletics. Right-hander Felix Hernandez is scheduled to face Oakland left-hander Rich Hill. For King’s Court tickets and more information, visit Mariners.com/Felix.

SPRING TRAINING FINALE
With Seattle and Colorado preparing to open the regular season on Monday, both clubs played their starters sparingly. The Mariners and Rockies combined to use 44 position players and 13 pitchers in today’s game.

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Zoning in on Robinson Canó

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Zoning in on the 2016 Mariners is a daily series in which we’ll examine one player every day, 30 total, in the lead-up to Opening Day. We’ll explain their role on the field, what they’re like off of it and provide highlights and photos. On deck tomorrow: Felix Hernandez.

Robinson Canó is feeling good. You can tell by the way he’s swinging the bat. You can tell by the way he’s moving around on defense. Or, you can just ask him.

“It feels different now,” Canó said of his swing in speaking with Greg Johns of Mariners.com. “I’m able to use my hips, and when I’m able to do that, it’s easier for me to stay back and be able to swing at the pitches I’m looking for without having to cheat. That pitch inside, last year, I remember I couldn’t hit that ball.”

“It’s important because I’m a guy that to be able to go the other way, I need to not be jumpy at the plate and be able to hit the ball wherever it comes,” he said. “If it’s inside, hit to right field. If it’s away, hit to left field. That tells me that I feel good and I’m healthy.”

That all-field ability was on display as much as it possibly could be in his three-homer game against the Cubs, as he hit long balls to right, left and then center. He now has seven Spring Training home runs, leading the Cactus League—and a 1.246 OPS to go with those.

While everyone talks about 2015 being a down year for Canó, and he’d acknowledge it wasn’t up to his standards, his second-half numbers were almost as impressive as his spring stats.

In his final 305 plate appearances, Canó batted .331/.387/.540 for a .926 OPS. For comparison, had that been over a full year, it would’ve been the second-highest mark of his career—as the .929 he put up in 2012 is his current high. By Baseball Reference’s OPS+, which adjusts for the ballpark players play in, Canó was the 11th-best hitter in the American League in the second half.

Of course, this was as he battled a double sports hernia, with him having surgery shortly following the season.

But even as he battled that injury—and a first-half illness—for the better-part of the season, his ability to put the barrel of bat on the ball was still very much there.

Taking a look at the Statcast data from 2015, pulled together by Baseball Savant, Canó had the eighth-highest percentage of the balls he put in play leave the bat at higher than 100mph, among the 198 players who put the ball in play at least 300 times. At the same time, his batting average on those 100+mph balls in play was 167th.

Whether it was bad luck or the angle they were leaving the bat, it’ll be something to watch as a healthier Robinson Canó steps to the plate in 2016.

Off the Field

Canó, like his teammate Nelson Cruz, does what he can to make a big impact off the field in his hometown and native country—in Canó’s case, it’s San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.

Over the offseason, Canó’s RC22 Foundation officially opened the RC22 Dream School. The Montessori school serves 100 children ages 3-8.

Here’s the story behind it:

And here’s how it all looks now:

In Seattle, Canó works with the Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Boys & Girls Club of King County and City Year Seattle/King County.

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Mariners Gameday Info – April 2 at Colorado

ST Game InfoSpring #33: Seattle Mariners (15-14-3) at Colorado Rockies (15-12-4) | 12:10 pm | Salt River Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Nathan Karns (1-1, 5.73) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (0-3, 7.88)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game…also available via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 43

Friday, April 1, 2016 / 3 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

MARINERS VS. ROCKIES RECAP
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The Seattle Mariners rallied for a run in the bottom of the ninth to earn a 1-1 tie against the Colorado Rockies before 8,529 fans on Friday night at Peoria Stadium.

Down one run with two outs in the ninth, Ketel Marte laced a triple into the right field corner, his third base hit of the game. The next batter, Daniel Robertson, grounded back to the pitcher, but the throw to first base was wide, allowing Marte to score and Robertson to race to second base. The game ended on a fly ball to the Rockies left fielder.

The Rockies scored the first run of the game in the top of the second on back-to-back doubles from Ben Paulsen and Correlle Prime, taking a 1-0 lead.

In his final tune-up start of Spring Training, Wade Miley scattered 3 hits over 3.0 innings pitched while allowing 1 run. Miley struck out 3 and did not walk a batter. Joaquin Benoit tossed a 1-2-3 top of the fourth, his 5th scoreless outing of the spring in 6 appearances. Donn Roach followed Benoit with 3.0 scoreless innings, while striking out 4. Vidal Nuño and Joel Peralta also each tossed 1.0 scoreless inning in relief.

Marte went 3-for-4 with 1 run scored and 1 triple to extend his hitting streak to 9 games. Marte is batting .519 (14×27) with 11 runs, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 5 RBI during the streak.

MARINERS VS. ROCKIES HIGHLIGHTS
Ketel Marte opens the Mariners rally in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out triple, his third base hit of the game.

The Mariners tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth as Marte scores on an error.

FINAL PEORIA SUNSET OF THE SPRING
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The home portion of the Mariners 2016 Cactus League schedule comes to a close tonight against the Rockies. See you again next spring from the Peoria Sports Complex.

HAPPY TRUCK DAY!

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Truck Day is always a good sign that Spring Training is right around the corner. After being in Arizona for six weeks, Truck Day is a very welcomed sight as the regular season is right around the corner. The truck was loaded up today and it is already on its way to Seattle. It won’t be long until the Mariners are back for the home opener on April 8 against Oakland.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HERE’S AN AUTOGRAPH

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It’s been a fun spring at the Peoria Sports Complex, and fans are enjoying it until the last out. Kids lined up along the warning track and got autographs from newest Mariners reliever Nick Vincent. What’s the best way to get a Major Leaguers attention? Be sure to make a sign that it’s your birthday!

DEPORTES UNION RADIO

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It may be late in the spring, but international media is still coming out to check in with our guys. Diego Castillo with Deportes Union Radio arrived in camp today and checked in with Franklin Gutierrez and Felix Hernandez. Both players are very popular in their home countries so they take time to chat with reporters from Venezuela any time they come out.

Mariners Gameday Info – April 1 vs. Colorado

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Spring #32: Colorado Rockies (15-12-3) vs. Seattle Mariners (15-14-2) | 7:10 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Christian Bergman (2-1, 3.38) vs. LHP Wade Miley (0-1, 5.06)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game…also available via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS
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Zoning in on Kyle Seager

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Zoning in on the 2016 Mariners is a daily series in which we’ll examine one player every day, 30 total, in the lead-up to Opening Day. We’ll explain their role on the field, what they’re like off of it and provide highlights and photos. On deck tomorrow: Robinson Cano.

Where does one even start in talking about Kyle Seager? Still occasionally underrated, Seager in short time has cemented himself as a core part of this organization and one of the most consistently productive players in the game.

In his four-plus seasons here in the Major Leagues, he’s been an All-Star and won a Gold Glove, providing consistent offense in the heart of the Mariners lineup and stellar defense at the hot corner. He’s among the best in baseball at a very competitive position.

So it’s enjoyable then to pause and look now at how far he’s come, from being something of an unheralded prospect to what’s described above.

Just recently, MLB Network ranked Seager 48th on their list of Top 100 Players Right Now. That is an impressive feat, acknowledging it’s a subjective list. Quantifiably, he comes out even better.

Kyle Seager ranks as the 18th-best position player in baseball according to Fangraphs’ Wins Above Replacement over the past three years. Just a few of the names following shortly after him in the rankings: Adam Jones, Anthony Rizzo, Alex Gordon, Ben Zobrist and Freddie Freeman.

And it’s easy to forget, with what he’s done so early in his career, that he’s still getting better.

Last year, he hit 13 home runs against left-handed pitching, the most by left-handed hitter in Majors. His OPS against lefties jumped to .835 after being at .661 and .690 the previous two years.

But for Seager, now it’s about more than personal accomplishments.

“There’s a lot of room for (personal) improvement,” he said in speaking with the media at Mariners Fan Fest. “There are a lot of different aspects to it. But at this point, it really comes down to winning. You’ve got to do whatever you can to win.

“You hear guys talk about that, but it’s real. The last few years, ever since I’ve been up here, we’ve not been in postseason. We were really close one year, but that’s something I’ve really gotten a taste for.

“Watching my brother in the postseason was pretty cool. I’d like to join him.”

Off the Field

The Seagers are of course a baseball family. Kyle’s brother, Corey, plays shortstop for the Dodgers and is a player many have tabbed for NL Rookie of the Year after his performance in short time last year. His brother Justin played last year with the Bakersfield Blaze in the Mariners minor league system.

With the two lefties, Kyle and Corey, you can definitely tell they’re brothers even on the field.

Seager is a big-time contributor off the field as well, as he and his wife Julie are again working with the Vs. Cancer Foundation in 2016, where fans can pledge money in the fight against cancer for each of Kyle’s hits this season.

Seager played his college baseball at North Carolina and remains a big fan of the Tar Heels, watching them closely in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

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