Perez Jr. stars this fall

Seattle Mariners 2016 Worldwide Free Agent signee Robert Perez Jr. had a breakout 2022 season cut up between Low-A Modesto and Excessive-A Everett. The Venezuelan took his right-handed energy right down to the desert for the Arizona Fall League the place he’s slashing .231/.338/.415 with three residence runs in 19 video games.

Final Saturday Perez Jr. gained the AFL Dwelling Run Derby, defeating Baltimore’s Heston Kjerstad. He hit 32 homers on the evening throughout the three rounds of the derby, together with 13 within the first spherical.

Video courtesy @SamDykstraMiLB

Perez Jr., 22, ranks as Jason A. Churchill’s No. 16 prospect within the Mariners farm system, and is coming off a season the place he slashed .288/.398/.523 in 127 video games with 27 residence runs and 114 RBI. The primary baseman was named the Mariners Ken Griffey Jr. Minor League Hitter of the Yr.

Elsewhere within the Arizona Fall League

Bryan Woo, RHP
The 2021 sixth spherical choice has been spectacular within the AFL thus far. He has allowed simply 5 hits, 1 run, and 4 walks in 10.2 innings whereas putting out 16. Woo is coming off of a 2022 season the place he struck out 84 batters in 57 innings. The Oakland native ended the 12 months in Excessive-A Everett, and may begin there going into his age 23 season.

Alberto Rodriguez, OF
The 21 12 months previous was acquired from Toronto in trade for RHP Taijuan Walker in 2020, and didn’t pop in Excessive-A Everett in 2022. The 5’11” outfielder from the Dominican Republic slashed simply .261/.336/.396 and struck out over 130 occasions in 119 video games. Now in Arizona, Rodriguez is hitting .243/.349/.351 in 10 video games.

Rodriguez was added to the 40-man roster final winter, and will have an opportunity to succeed in AA subsequent 12 months at 22 with the massive leagues on the horizon if he performs.

Adam Macko, LHP
Macko didn’t pitch a lot in the course of the season attributable to a shoulder concern, limiting him to only 38.1 innings for Everett. He’s now getting the prospect to get extra work below his belt in Arizona, and he has thrown 10.1 innings thus far. He has allowed 9 runs on 12 hits whereas strolling 13 and solely putting out 9.

The 6′ southpaw might want to get again on monitor in 2023, and well being can be an enormous a part of that. The 2019 seventh rounder has by no means pitched over 40 innings within the minors, and getting innings below his belt subsequent 12 months is probably going an space of emphasis for him.

Spencer Packard, OF
Packard had a stable season in Everett this 12 months, however solely performed in 69 video games for the AquaSox. He’s 12-36 with 5 further base hits in 13 video games thus far within the AFL. The 25 12 months previous has continued to have a excessive OBP within the desert, the place he’s getting on base at a .462 clip. The 2021 ninth spherical choice ought to get a shot at AA Arkansas sooner or later subsequent 12 months, and he should maintain hitting to get there.

Juan Then, RHP
The 6-foot-1 Dominican right-hander was thought by some to be the following Edwin Diaz within the Mariners system, doubtlessly shifting from the rotation to the bullpen. That change has at the very least appeared to occur now. Through the common season, Then didn’t begin a sport for AA-Arkansas. Now within the AFL, he’s doing the identical factor.

To this point, Then has pitched 8 innings, allowed 2 runs on 6 hits with 11 strikeouts. He has completed each sport he has pitched in, so the plan seems to be to have Then within the bullpen in 2023. If he’s wholesome and pitches nicely, he might discover himself with a shot on the huge league bullpen later within the 12 months since he’s already on the 40-man roster.

Jorge Benitez , LHP
Benitez is one other reliever within the Mariners system. He pitched for Everett and Modesto final 12 months, totaling practically 50 innings out of the bullpen. This fall, he has allowed 3 runs on 9 hits in 13 innings. He has struck out 11 and walked 8.

Jose Caballero, IF
Caballero was the participant the M’s bought in return for Mike Leake a number of years in the past from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Now 25, the infielder didn’t stand out in AA this 12 months, however he did have a .440 on base proportion. For the Peoria Javelinas, the Panama native is slashing .225/.456/.325 in 15 video games.

Ty Adcock, RHP
After being drafted within the seventh spherical of the 2019 draft, the 6’0″ righty out of Elon made his skilled debut for the Mariners group in 2022. He solely pitched 8 innings, however is now getting his ft moist within the fall league. He has thrown 10.2 innings and struck out 12. He’ll flip 26 earlier than subsequent season begins, so he isn’t actually a prospect.

Minor League Awards

The Mariners farm groups had some standout performances in 2022, they usually have had a number of gamers acknowledged for his or her achievements. RHP Taylor Dollard was named the Texas League(AA) Pitcher of the Yr, RHP Prelander Berroa was named the Northwest League(HIgh-A) Pitcher of the Yr, and Joseph Hernandez was the Cal League(Low-A) Pitcher of the 12 months. President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto has confirmed to develop pitchers at each the massive league and minor league ranges. These three pitchers are all a testomony to the org’s capability to develop pitching expertise.

Learn This

The Athletic’s Corey Brock wrote about 5 prospects who impressed in 2022, and it’s heavy on pitchers.’s Sam Dykstra wrote about Robert Perez Jr. profitable the AFL Dwelling Run Derby crown.

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Curtis Christianson

Curtis Christianson is the Athletic Director at Concordia Christian Academy. He additionally works within the Tacoma Rainiers clubhouse in the course of the baseball season.

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