10 facts about Boog Powell, the Mariners' newest (and best-named) prospect
The Mariners and Rays got the offseason started Thursday evening with a six-player swap. One of the players headed to Seattle: Boog Powell.
Which means ... it's time to get to know Boog.
We first brought you these 10 Boogerific facts in January, when Powell was traded from the A's to the Rays. But because facts are facts, and we figure the Mariners could use an introduction to their new spectacularly named prospect, we're bringing them back, with a few minor updates.
And so, here are 10 facts for one of baseball's greatest-named players:
1. No, he's not that Boog Powell.
2. His real name is Herschel Mack Powell IV. Which somehow makes his real name arguably better than his nickname.
3. He was originally called "Little Mack," but no one in his family was a fan of the name. Fortunately, his grandfather was a big Boog Powell fan.
4. Meanwhile, the Mission Viejo native's father is a huge Angels fan whose favorite player is Jim Edmonds.
5. As for Boog, the reason that he wears No. 15 is because of both Edmonds and Tim Salmon. One summer, Boog was even fortunate enough to vacation in the house next to Salmon's.
6. Boog was the Midwest League's "Star of the Stars" during 2014's All-Star game. He went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, three runs and two stolen bases to earn the title.
7. He loves snakes. For some horrible reason. Because of that, his favorite Minor League logo is of the Timber Rattlers.
8. MLB Pipeline ranked Boog 13th in the Rays system before the trade. He hit .295/.385/.392 in Double and Triple-A this past season, though he hit just three home runs.
9. One of those homers:
10. This exists. Sure, it's not about this Boog Powell, but the world still needs to know.
This post was originally published on January 10, 2015 and has been updated.