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The Mariners organization is pleased to welcome a special player into the fold with the signing of 16-year-old Venezuelan switch-hitting outfielder Brayan Hernandez.
Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner and coordinator Emilio Carrasquel worked very hard to make this signing official and it all culminated yesterday.
Everybody in the organization is happy to have him on board and ready to make contributions on the field. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Hernandez has been followed closely by the team, specifically by Carrasquel and scout Illich Salazar who is the area scout.
“[Hernandez] is a young man with tremendous physical ability and projection,” said Carrasquel. “We had the chance to see him with our International Director Tim Kissner and we always knew he would be a good acquisition.
“I believe he is a player, for his age, that combines all five tools that you need in baseball. He’s still developing and we are very happy that the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with the family and agent for Brayan Hernandez.”
Hernandez, for his part, was beaming after realizing that he would be joining the Mariners organization.
“I’m proud to be able to wear a Seattle Mariners uniform and I’m very happy because this is a dream that I’ve always wanted, to wear this uniform,” said Hernandez. “I never thought that I’d be here with them but thanks to God, everything worked out. I worked hard for this and it is a joy to wear this uniform, to be able to represent it and in the future be able to lead it to a World Series.”
Over the weekend, Hernandez visited with the team, met with the staff, worked out with the club and took batting practice.
“[Meeting Felix Hernandez] was a beautiful experience,” said Hernandez. “And it was always a dream to stretch out my hand to Cano and it felt very good to do that.”
Once out on the field, you could see the emerging talent shine. During batting practice, the young switch-hitter sprayed line drives all over the field and also hit a home run into Edgar’s Cantina in left field and hit a few off the wall.
“He’s a very interesting young centerfielder from Venezuela who we like his current ability and there is still the projection left with him” said Kissner. “He’s a plus athlete with plus instincts and tools. He’s an intelligent young man with good instincts for the game and all the tools that we have seen we like and we think that he can continue to grow. That’s probably the most intriguing thing, his ability to play the game but still the upside that he has left.”
Here are a few audio clips from Brayan Hernandez (in Spanish), Tim Kissner and Emilio Carrasquel (in Spanish) about the signing:
Brayan Hernandez on signing with the Mariners:
Brayan Hernandez on choosing Seattle:
Brayan Hernandez on meeting some of his favorite players:
Tim Kissner on Brayan Hernandez:
Emilio Carrasquel on Brayan Hernandez:
Here’s a slideshow from Brayan Hernandez weekend with the Mariners:
Sunday, March 16, 2014 / 15 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 23 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)
Game Recap vs. the Angels:
Behind the strong starting pitching of Roenis Elias and timely offense, the Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Sunday in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,628 at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Roenis Elias (3-0) made his first start of the spring, and tossed 5.0 strong innings to pick up the win. The left-hander allowed just one run on two hits while striking out a pair of Angels. He used just 62 pitches to navigate the Angels offense.
The Mariners jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, stringing together four hits, including RBI singles by Michael Saunders (scoring Kyle Seager) and Dustin Ackley (scoring Justin Smoak).
Seattle added another pair of runs in the sixth inning as Ackley reached on an error, and Mike Zunino walked. Ackley scored on a sacrifice fly by Willie Bloomquist and Zunino came around to score on a two-out double by Endy Chavez.
The first four Seattle runs (two earned) came off Angels starter C.J. Wilson (0-2), who was tagged with the loss.
Seattle’s final run came on a solo home run by minor league call-up Tyler Smith in the eighth inning.
Relievers Zach Miner (2.0 IP, 1 ER), Lucas Luetge (1.0 IP, 0 ER) and Yoervis Medina (1.0 IP, 1 R, 0 ER) closed out the game for Seattle, with Medina recording his first save of the spring.
Special Guests In Camp
Mariners great Edgar Martinez arrived in camp today and Jay Buhner will arrive tomorrow. Both will work as special instructors with the Major and minor league teams. Martinez spent his entire 18 year career with Seattle (1987-2004) and Buhner spent 14 in Seattle (1988-2001).
Roenis Elias Impresses
Starter Roenis Elias was pretty impressive in his five innings of work today, especially considering that he was facing an Angels lineup that featured many of their regulars including Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, David Freese, Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar and Chris Iannetta. Elias allowed just two hits, a triple and a single, both to Erick Aybar. You can check out the post-outing media session with Roenis (in Spanish) here:
Taijuan Walker Progressing
Taijuan Walker continues to make progress as he works his way back from bursitis and today completed a 40-pitch bullpen session that included fastballs, change-ups and two-seamers. After working on his shoulder exercises, he made his way to the clubhouse where he spoke to the media and told them he “felt great.”
The Mariners saw a familiar face after walking from the parking lot to the visiting dugout. Down the right field line, several players, trainers and staff members made sure to stop and say hi to Raul Ibañez, one of the most popular players in club history. Raul has always been a strong leader and has worked extremely hard to be the best that he can be on the field, even at the age of 41.
For the third time this spring, the Mariners faced C.J. Wilson in a spring game. It raised a few eyebrows in the press room, mostly because you don’t always want a team getting too many looks at a starter that they will be facing often during the regular season. Wilson previously faced Seattle on March 1 & 11 and will likely face us during the first regular season series.
Baker’s Dozen Plus One (Outs)
Along the same lines as the blurb you just read about C.J. Wilson…Scott Baker pitched in a Triple-A game against the Milwaukee Brewer Triple-A squad to avoid pitching against the Angels for the third time this spring. Since there’s a chance that Baker could break camp in the rotation, the staff didn’t want the Angels hitters to get too comfortable against Baker since they’ll likely face him in the opening series of the season. How’d he do? He tossed 4 2/3 innings, allowed five hits, two runs, two walks, five hits while throwing 75 pitches including 47 strikes.
Swarm at Tempe Diablo Stadium Makes It Hard To Get To Seats
Fans at the Mariners game in Tempe Diablo Stadium found it a little hard to get to their seats, only it didn’t have anything to do with the expected sold out crowd. Prior to the game, there was a swarm of bees behind home plate and fans had to wait outside until they moved on. If you remember, last year the Mariners and Angels also had a bee delay on September 22nd.
Blending In With The Enemy
Mariners Director of Pro Scouting Tom Allison stopped by the press box and was immediately heckled for wearing what he called his “Tiger Woods outfit.” If you’ve been to Tempe Diablo Stadium where the Angels play, you’ll notice a lot of people wearing “Tiger Woods outfits,” most notably a red polo shirt. After graciously absorbing the good-natured jokes, he chimed in with, “hey, it got me in the parking lot faster!”
Be sure to tune in to ROOT SPORTS NW for Mariners All-Access tonight at 7 pm for: Highlights of Taijuan Walker throwing his bullpen session and you’ll hear from the Mariners right-hander. Stephen Pryor talks about his recovery from an injury that shut him down most of 2013 and how he’s feeling this spring. Mike Zunino and John Buck talk about their relationship and how they plan to learn from each other this spring. And of course you’ll see highlights of the Mariners/Angels game at Tempe.
A Day Off…FINALLY!
After 36 straight days in the office (since February 9), Mariners staffers are finally getting a day off tomorrow. How will we spend it? So many possibilities on what we could do. Golfing? Hiking? Movies? Sadly, we’ll probably still spend some time at the office at some point.
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (13-5-2) will play a night game on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith and you can watch the game on ROOT SPORTS NW with Mike Blowers and Dave Sims calling the action. Left-hander Randy Wolf is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Padres right-hander Josh Johnson.
Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).
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