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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 10

Day 10 / Tuesday, February 21, 2012 / 35 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo / 51 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle

Weather: If you could bottle this weather up, you would be set. Sorry to rub this in for any Northwest fans reading this while it is cold and rainy, but it was just about perfect today. Photo day started with the temps at a “brisk” 47°, and climbed to near 70° when the players finished the workout. And the weather ahead also looks pretty good, including highs expected in the 80’s this weekend.

Not a bad 6-day forecast for the next few days of spring training.

News of the Day:
Manager Eric Wedge announced following practice that Ichiro will bat third in the batting lineup this year. He also said he is going to give first shot at the leadoff position to Chone Figgins and Dustin Ackley will start the season batting 2nd. For the seamheads out there, Ichiro has made 13 starts in his career where he has batted 3rd in the lineup, last June 23, 2004 at Texas. 1,730 of his 1,733 career starts (1,749 career games played) have had his name penciled into the leadoff spot on the Mariners lineup card since his MLB debut in 2001.

Eric Wedge announced following today's workout that Ichiro will bat No. 3 in the batting order this season.

Quotes of the Day:
“Sorry.” Pretty simple, and straight from the mouth of ace Felix Hernandez after striking out prospect Nick Franklin on a pretty nasty curveball. When asked what pitch he struck out on, Franklin just shook his head and said “a huge curveball. Never seen one like that before!”

“Come on Ichi, Come on Ichi, Come on Ichi!!!!!!” That was energetic infielder Munenori Kawasaki cheering on Ichiro when the outfielders were working on cutoffs and throwing to different bases. He got plenty of laughs out of teammates, media and fans watching practice.

Tweet of the Day:

Birthday Boys:
Outfielders Franklin Gutierrez (29th) and Chih-Hsien Chiang (25th) celebrated their birthdays today. Both even got a few “Happy Birthday’s” shouted their way as both players shuffled between practice fields.

The Day:
The Mariners ran through one of their longer workouts so far this spring, with the catchers finishing their conditioning around 1 p.m. local time. A total of 17 pitchers threw live BP, including Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, Blake Beavan, James Paxton and Shawn Kelley. The team also went through a spirited round of infield-outfield, with several outfielders showing pinpoint accuracy throwing home.

RHP Taijuan Walker threw live batting practice to Dustin Ackley, Chone Figgins and Munenori Kawasaki.

Photo Day:
We had a previous blog entry on Photo Day, with plenty of photos from the morning photo shoots. All 67 players in Major League camp ran through a gauntlet of photo stations including Getty Images, AP, Kyodo News, Topps and US Presswire.

National Media:
Along with our everyday beat writers Greg Johns (, Larry LaRue (Tacoma News Tribune), Geoff Baker (Seattle Times), Larry Stone (Seattle Times), and local TV reporters Chris Egan (King 5) and Aaron Levine (Q13), some national media members made pit stops at Mariners camp today.’s Jorge Arangure,’s Scott Miller and ESPN’s Pedro Gomez were seen on the back fields doing stories on the Mariners.

Veteran scribes Larry LaRue (left) and Greg Johns (right) are also known to pick up a camera during spring training.

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– JE

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 5

Day 5 / Thursday, February 16, 2012 / 40 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo / 56 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle

Weather: Not a cloud in the sky during workouts as the temperatures hovered in the lower to mid-60’s.

Quote of the Day:  “Heads Up!” – Players and coaches yelled to General Manager Jack Zduriencik warning him after infielder Vinnie Catricala hit a scorching line drive that nearly hit the golf cart Jack was riding in. This following a shot down the line that almost took out a group of photographers.

Vinnie Catricala

The Day: Day 5 was very similar to day 4, with pitchers taking PFP (Pitcher’s Fielding Practice), while half the pitchers had a throwing session in the bullpen. Starters Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas and Blake Beavan threw their third bullpen session, while a crowd of coaches and media stayed and watched pitchers Stephen Pryor, Erasmo Ramirez, Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton throw in the bullpen as well.

So far 60 of the 66 players invited to Major League camp have been spotted around the complex. The position players will officially report tomorrow for physicals, while the first full squad workout is on Saturday.

Infielder Vinnie Catricala impressed many of the coaches during his BP session this afternoon. Besides nearly taking of the GM and half the photographers watching, he was hitting the ball all over field. Looks like he is picking up exactly where he left off at the end of last year. Catricala was named the Mariners Minor League Player of the Year in 2011, after hitting .349 (182×521) with 101 runs scored, 77 extra-base (2B – 48, 3B – 4, HR – 25) and 106 RBI in 133 games combined between A High Desert and AA Jackson. Among full season minor leaguers he ranked 2nd in extra-base hits, 3rd in hits, T3rd in doubles, T4th in batting average and T9th in RBI.

Tweet of the Day:

Carlos Peguero wins the award for longest drive of the day. He launched a mammoth shot that hit the 32-foot-high batter’s eye in center field 410-feet away to highlight BP. Not sure if the ball bounced back to the field or got stuck in the chain-link fence.

A group of 35 of the Mariners top Minor League players are in camp today for physicals to take part in the team’s annual mini camp for many of top lower-level prospects. The first workout for mini-camp players is tomorrow and workouts will run through March 1. Mini-camp is an opportunity for players to receive one-on-one instruction from the coaching staff and work on improvement plans for Spring Training and the rest of the 2012 season.  Among players taking part in the mini camp are highly regarded prospects right-handed pitchers Victor Sanchez and Carter Capps, catcher Marcus Littlewood, infielders Brad Miller and Cavan Cohoes and outfielders Guillermo Pimentel, Phillips Castillo and Jabari Blash.

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– KM

Mariners Listed On More Top Prospect Lists

We have already updated you on a few prospect lists that came out leading up to the 2012 season, including Baseball America and

Much like the college football polls, there are a lot of these, and it can get confusing, but we wanted to pass along a few more to get you excited for the upcoming baseball season.

Baseball Prospectus unveiled their Top 101 Prospects today, and four Mariners were listed:

  • C Jesus Montero (#7)
  • RHP Taijuan Walker (#14)
  • LHP Danny Hultzen (#35)
  • LHP James Paxton (#59)

Additionally, author Kevin Goldstein noted on his Twitter feed that infielder Nick Franklin would also likely be included in the top 125 players.

Jesus Montero is listed as a consensus top prospect heading into the 2012 season. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) and Keith Law also unveiled their annual Top 100 prospects (hidden behind ESPN’s pay wall), with five Mariners listed among the top 100.

  • C Jesus Montero (#9)
  • RHP Taijuan Walker (#24)
  • LHP Danny Hultzen (#30)
  • LHP James Paxton (#51)
  • INF Nick Franklin (#57)

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times has a nice write-up on the piece in his Hot Stone League Blog.

– JE

Danny Hultzen Gives Back to Virginia Baseball

We were just sent a link from the good people at the University of Virginia, sharing with us that Danny Hultzen has made a $100,000 commitment to the baseball program for improvements to UVa’s Davenport Field. Hultzen was selected second overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Mariners, after an All-American career at Virginia.

“I am thrilled and honored to contribute back to the Virginia baseball program,” Hultzen said in the news release. “Virginia has done so much for me. My experiences at UVa have been critical in helping me grow into the player and the man that I am today, and I would not be where I am without my time there. I had an amazing experience at Virginia, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to UVa and help the program and its players remain among the best in college baseball.”

Here is the article on

Danny is set to report to Peoria, AZ on Saturday with the rest of the Mariners Pitchers & Catchers and will participate in Major League Spring Training. Hultzen had a dominant debut in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 1-0 record with a 1.40 ERA (3 ER, 19.1 IP) in 6 starts with the Peoria Javelinas.

Danny Hultzen was a three-time All-American at the University of Virginia. (Courtesy: Jim Daves/UVa Media Relations)

– JE

FanFest Photo Gallery – Day 1

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Photo Credits: Ben VanHouten/Seattle Mariners

Mariners FanFest Social Media Central

We’ve got a new way to experience FanFest this year — online.

Visit the Mariners FanFest Social Media Schedule online to view timings of live Facebook Chats and Twitter Takeovers that will originate from on top of the visitor’s dugout at Safeco Field this weekend. Fans at the ballpark can participate with their smartphones and tablets, and it’s a fun way for our fans across the Northwest to login from home and join the conversation.

Follow @Mariners on Twitter, and use hashtag #MarinersFF, like us on Facebook, and check the blog for updates on what’s happening behind the scenes. We’ll update frequently.

We’ll also be live streaming the Dugout Dialogue sessions from FanFest all day Saturday and Sunday on

Saturday – Social Media Schedule:

Time Personnel Event
11:10 a.m. Mike Carp (@carpusmaximus20) Twitter Takeover
12:00 p.m. James Paxton (@James_Paxton) Facebook Chat
12:00 p.m. Taijuan Walker (@tai_walker) Twitter Takeover
1:00 p.m. Miguel Olivo Facebook Chat
1:45 p.m. Brandon League Twitter Takeover
2:30 p.m. Jack Zduriencik Facebook Chat

Sunday – Social Media Schedule

Time Personnel Event
11:30 a.m. Trayvon Robinson Facebook Chat
12:00 p.m. James Paxton (@James_Paxton) Twitter Takeover
12:30 p.m. Vinnie Catricala Facebook Chat
1:00 p.m. Brendan Ryan Twitter Takeover
1:30 p.m. Jesus Montero Facebook Chat
1:45 p.m. Jason Vargas Twitter Takeover
2:00 p.m. Danny Hultzen Facebook Chat
2:30 p.m. Casper Wells (@UpstateBaller) Twitter Takeover

– RH

Baseball America Cover Boy – Taijuan Walker

Earlier this week, came out with their Top 100 prospects, with 5 Mariners on the list. Today, it was Baseball America’s turn to unveil their annual Top 10 Mariners Prospects via their website.

And look who is on the cover of this week’s edition of Baseball America, Taijuan Walker.

Taijuan Walker is on the cover of Baseball America.

And Taijuan was a guest on Sports Radio KJR this morning talking about his goals for the 2012 season and his visit to Seattle this weekend for FanFest.

Here are the Mariners Top 10 Prospects, as well as the publications listing for the Best Mariners Tools:

  1. Jesus Montero, c
  2. Taijuan Walker, rhp
  3. Danny Hultzen, lhp
  4. James Paxton, lhp
  5. Nick Franklin, 2b/ss
  6. Francisco Martinez, 3b
  7. Chance Ruffin, rhp
  8. Tom Wilhelmsen, rhp
  9. Vinnie Catricala, 3b/1b/of
  10. Phillips Castillo, of

Best Hitter for Average – Jesus Montero
Best Power Hitter – Jesus Montero
Best Strike Zone Discipline – Vinnie Catricala
Fastest Baserunner – Jamal Austin
Best Athlete – Taijuan Walker
Best Fastball – Taijuan Walker
Best Curveball – James Paxton
Best Slider – Chance Ruffin
Best Changeup – Danny Hultzen
Best Control – Danny Hultzen
Best Defensive Catcher – Steve Baron
Best Defensive Infielder – Gabriel Noriega
Best Infield Arm – Carlos Triunfel
Best Defensive OF – Danny Carroll
Best Outfield Arm – Johermyn Chavez

– JE

5 Mariners Among Top 100 Prospects

We blogged earlier today that and MLB Network would unveil their top 100 prospects.

And we just found out that 5 Mariners are ranked among the top 100.

  • C Jesus Montero (#12)
  • LHP Danny Hultzen (#16)
  • RHP Taijuan Walker (#18)
  • INF Nick Franklin (#52)
  • LHP James Paxton (#77)

The Mariners were one of five organizations to place at least 5 prospects on this year’s Top 100 list. The Padres, Rays and A’s each had six prospects on the list. But they ranked the highest with 329 Prospect Points (100 points to the team with the No. 1 prospect, 99 to the team with No. 2 and on down).

Top Prospect Points
 1.  Seattle               329
 2.  Kansas City           290
 3.  Pittsburgh            276
 4.  Atlanta               267
 5.  Arizona               253 writer T.R. Sullivan caught up with Danny Hultzen and General Manager Jack Zduriencik in his piece on Jonathan Mayo also breaks down the top 100 prospects in this detailed article.

And we can also note that 4 of the 5 players (Montero, Hultzen, Walker, Paxton) will be in town this weekend at FanFest.

– JE

MLB Network: Top Prospects List Unveiled Tonight

The Mariners are certainly excited about all the talent that is coming up through the minor league pipeline and as some of you may know, a few of those talented young players will be here at FanFest this weekend: LHP Danny Hultzen, RHP Taijuan Walker, LHP James Paxton & OF Vinnie Catricala.

If you would like to get an idea of what the future of baseball may look like around the league, you’ll want to check out MLB Network or tonight at 7pm PST when they will unveil the Top 50 Prospects in baseball. The complete rankings, including prospects 51-100, position and team lists, can be found at “Prospect Central” at writer Jonathan Mayo will also discuss the top 100 prospects in an online chat on Friday, January 27th at 2:00 p.m. ET on

Newly acquired Mariners catcher Jesus Montero will surely be on the list, but he certainly hopes it is the last time:

“I don’t want to be a prospect anymore, I want to be in the big leagues,” said Montero. “I want somebody else to be the number one.”

If you read our earlier post about’s list of the top 10 prospects at each position, you will have an idea of some of the Seattle players that will show up on the Top 100 list tonight. You can also add Montero to the list, as he was rated as the top catching prospect.

Here’s a video of John Hart and Jonathan Mayo as they preview MLB Network’s unveiling of the top prospects list.

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

– FA

Winter League Roundup

Many baseball fans are curious about winter league ball, what it is, and why players would leave the comforts of an off-season at home to go play. It is a chance for players to continue their development into  Major League players. Teams usually send young players, someone who need more work because he didn’t get a full season in the minors, needs a little more experience, or a player coming off  an injury who needs  more playing time. has a comprehensive list with statistics from most of the Mariners farmhands that participated in Winter Leagues this off-season.

Mariners minor league OF prospect Denny Almonte is hitting .299 with 10 home runs in the Australian Winter League (SMP Images / Ben Southall).

The Arizona Fall League provides all Major League organizations the opportunity to continue  the development of their top prospects. Each club contributes players to make up the league, which consists of six teams, each stocked by five Big League clubs. The Mariners top prospects play for the Peoria Javelinas, along with players from the  Brewers,  Mets, Padres and Cardinals.

LHP Danny Hultzen, the Mariners first-round selection in the 2011 June draft, made his professional debut in the AFL. Hultzen was joined on the Peoria roster by right-handed pitchers Steven Hensley and Forrest Snow, left-handed pitcher Brian Moran, catcher Adam Moore, infielder Nick Franklin and outfielder Chi-Hsien Chiang.

Snow led the AFL in ERA (1.10), while finishing second in opponent average (.167) and WHIP (0.80). Snow, Moran (1.32) and Hultzen (1.40) finished 1-2-3 on the Peoria Javelinas in ERA. Hultzen and Franklin helped lead the West Division All-Stars to an 11-2 win over the East Division in the 6th-annual AFL Rising Stars Game. Hultzen earned the win after tossing 2.0 shutout innings. Franklin went 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBI to earn MVP honors. He became the first player in AFL Rising Stars game history to record 4 hits, 4 RBI, 3 extra base hits or 2 doubles in the game. Hultzen was also named to the Arizona Fall League 2011 Top Prospects Team, going 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA (3 ER, 19.1 IP) in 6 starts.

Danny Hultzen went 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA in the Arizona Fall League (Jordan Megenhardt/

Winter ball is also played in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mexico. At the end of the season, the champions of each league play each other in the Caribbean Series.  The Mariners have a working agreement with teams in each league and send minor league players and coaches to help teams. It is also an opportunity for the Mariners organization scout talent from those countries as well as American players playing in Latin America. Some of the Mariners top prospects participated the winter leagues, including pitchers Erasmo Ramirez and Stephen Pryor, infielders Alex Liddi, Carlos Triunfel and Francisco Martinez and outfielders Johermyn Chavez and Carlos Peguero.

Peguero led the Dominican Winter League in home runs (11), extra-base hits (20), total bases (85), runs scored (29), intentional walks (9) and HR/AB ratio (1/15.09), while ranking 2nd in slugging percentage (.512) and 3rd in RBI (26). Overall he hit .259 (43×166) with 29 runs scored 9 doubles, 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 45 games with Gigantes del Cibao.

Ramirez went 2-1 with a 1.48 ERA (5 ER, 30.1 IP) in 6 starts with Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League before being shut down due to number of starts.

Down under, Mate! If it is snowing in Seattle it is likely warm and sunny in Australia. The Australian Baseball League is another popular destination with Mariners farmhands. Right-handed pitcher Jandy Sena, outfielders Denny Almonte, James Jones and James McOwen and catcher Carlton Tanabe are currently wrapping up the ABL.

James Jones is batting .302 for the Adelaide Bite in the Australian Winter League (SMP Images / Ryan Schembri).

Almonte (1×4, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB) and McOwen (3×4, R, 2B, BB) represented Team World in the inaugural Australian Baseball League All-Star Game, where the country’s best homegrown talent, Team Australia, took on the best international players in the ABL in Perth on December 21. Almonte was also named Australian Baseball League Round 5 Player of the Week (Dec. 1-3 – .563/9×16, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 G), while McOwen was named Round 6 Player of the Week (Dec. 8-10, .533/8×15, 3 R, 3 2B, 3B, 3 RBI).

Almonte ranks amongst the league leaders in home runs (T5th, 10), total bases (6th, 90), runs scored (4th, 33), RBI (T3rd, 35), extra base hits (5th, 21) and at-bats (3rd, 171). McOwen currently leads the league in stolen bases (14) and tied for the lead in triples (2).

Looks like everyone will arrive in Arizona for Spring Training ready to compete for a roster spot. We look forward to seeing these young prospects in a Mariners uniform very soon.

– KM


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