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Fast ideas on the Mariners’ AFL roster

Fast ideas on the Mariners’ AFL roster


Main League Baseball introduced the Arizona Fall League rosters Friday, together with 9 gamers from the Seattle Mariners group.

The AFL isn’t what it was; the time is commonly used to get reps for gamers which have been out attributable to damage, or to problem gamers of considerably superior ages versus higher competitors.

Listed below are the Mariners’ 9, my org rating for every participant, and a few ideas on their project.

No. 13 Bryan Woo, RHP

Woo was the membership’s Sixth-round decide in 2021, however didn’t debut till this summer time attributable to UCL surgical procedure. He entered professional ball with a prevailing projection to the bullpen, however has proven some starter traits in his 16 begins, together with fringe-average management and three pitches.

Woo’s fastball has sat 93-95 mph, touching 97 with a below-average slider with some projection and a changeup that has flashed common. What scouts like most about Woo is his athleticism and the prospect his command and management land above common.

He’s 22 and has proven a really feel for working the zone. The ground here’s a high-leverage multi-inning reliever with 3 ways to get outs.

No. 19 Adam Macko, LHP

Macko has been on the radar for just a few years, and damage has robbed him of quite a lot of time (knee in 2022). After I noticed him in Everett he was 89-92 mph with a crazy curveball and below-average… the whole lot, however he’s been as much as 96 in a beginning function and there’s hop on the fastball and an opportunity at two common or higher breaking balls, led by a curveball that has flashed plus.

He’ll must discover a solution to throw much more strikes and sooner or later has to construct a wholesome observe file, however he gained’t be 22 till this winter.

The autumn league might be a spot for Macko to learn the way his stuff performs versus extra skilled hitters, a great litmus take a look at heading into a extremely massive 12 months for him as a possible future main leaguers. After well being, there are reliever issues right here for a multitiude of causes.

No. 20 Robert Perez Jr., 1B

Perez, 22, lastly did one thing I’ve been eager to see for just a few seasons now: get to Excessive-A and rake.

He first confirmed up on the radar again in 2019 when, as a 19-year-old, confirmed some maturity and hitting really feel when he crammed in for Triple-A Tacoma and was unfazed by his lack of expertise (.250/.304/.469).

However since then he’d stalled in short-season and low-A ball — hitting, however not precisely mashing, till he stepped it up this season.

After a .270/.369/.501, 20 HR efficiency in 92 video games repeating his time in Modesto, Perez has hit .342/.477/.583 with the AquaSox in 35 video games. He’s truly improved his stroll and strikeout charges, and his swing changes previous to the season have helped him maintain energy and phone.

Perez is a legit prospect, although his future function is unclear; he’s not an amazing athlete and has not fared effectively within the outfield, so he’s been manning first base virtually solely as a professional, placing tons of stress on his offensive profile.

Nonetheless, hes completed what was requested of him, and what I needed to see earlier than taking him critically as a prospect, very equally to the best way Cade Marlowe has completed this season.

No. 23 Alberto Rodriguez, OF

I’m most likely low-man on Rodriguez… I simply don’t see an actual shot at an on a regular basis man, and he’s not the form of full participant that usually makes for an optimum bench participant.

He’s a below-average defender, although he does throw effectively, and he possesses above-average bat velocity. He’ll draw sufficient walks, however as he’s tried to create extra leverage he’s sacrificed a bit contact, and the facility hasn’t proven up a lot since he slugged .484 in 93 video games in Modesto final season.

He’ll be 22 in just a few weeks, suggesting 2023 is an enormous 12 months for him. If he can hit his solution to Double-A — or earn his approach there to begin 2023 — and hit there, I’ll have some confidence he might have big-league chops. Nevertheless it’s all concerning the bat.

No. 40 Juan Then, RHP

Then missed most of 2022, however returned in August and is throwing 93-97 mph with a different slider that misses bats.

It’s reliever-only at this level for Then, however his project within the AFL is attention-grabbing as a result of e’s on the membership’s 40-man roster but might not have a lot of an opportunity to see the majors in 2023, suggesting the membership might be showcasing him for a commerce over the winter.

No. 67 Jorge Benitez, LHP

Benitez is a bullpen lefty with practical stuff, however has added a little bit of velocity from his beginning days. He will get outs with deceptions and motion, however there may be fastball worth, serving to him arrange a median curveball and occasional fringe-average changeup.

He’s been superb versus left-handed batters, however struggles to handle versus righties, a problem he’ll meet within the AFL.

No. 73 Spencer Packard, OF

Packard’s efficiency warrants extra consideration, however I’ve stayed off him as a result of h’s 24 — 25 in three weeks — and hasn’t dominated in both cease in full-season ball. There’s a high quality line between being good, and being a prospect when the age and stage match up that approach.

Having stated that, Packard makes contact, walks, and. has energy that tasks to above common. He’s most likely a 40-grade nook outfielder or first baseman, nevertheless, therefore his low rating regardless of the numbers.

No. 84 Ty Adcock, RHP

Adcock was a 2019 draftee out of Elon, a faculty the Mariners are very acquainted with — they’ve drafted a handful of their gamers, together with George Kirby, and the Double-A pitching coach, Sean McGrath, was the college’s pitching coach in 2018 and 2019.

Adcock ws as much as 98 mph in faculty, however had elbow surgical procedure and had quite a few setbacks throughout his return path. He’s made eight appearances in 2022 with blended outcomes, however the arm energy is clear.

Previous to the surgical procedure, scouts believed in reduction Adcock might find yourself sitting 97-100 mph. He has a methods to go to get there, however his fastball-slider combo has helped him miss bats int he early phases of his professional profession. He’s within the AFL to maintain constructing again that arm energy and the texture for his stuff.

Adcock might begin subsequent season as excessive as Arkansas.

NR Jose Caballero, IF

Caballero was acquired within the commerce that despatched right-hander Mike Leake to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s the textbook definition of an org participant, which means he’s probably not a prospect.

His energy seems to be strike zone judgment — a profession .386 OBP — however he’s performed simply 225 video games since he was the D-Backs’ Seventh-round decide in 2017. He does run pretty effectively — above-average velocity with some capability to learn pitchers and steals some bases, has the defensive chops to deal with second and third, and has dabbled within the outfield the place he has the toes to make it work.

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Jason A. Churchill

Churchill based Prospect Insider in 2006 and spent a number of years masking prep, faculty and professional sports activities for varied newspapers, together with The Information Tribune and Seattle PI. Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio. He now serves because the Govt Copy Editor at Information Skrive, a tech firm that manipulates knowledge to supply automated content material to shoppers together with the AP, BetMGM, USA At present, and ESPN.

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