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Young Mariners: 'We're hungry for it'

@gregjohnsmlb
February 18, 2020

PEORIA, Ariz. -- For the Mariners, the future finally began to arrive on Tuesday with the first full-squad workout of the spring. There were young pups Julio Rodriguez and Jarred Kelenic running through outfield drills and taking their hacks in batting practice, with fellow rookie prospect Justin Dunn throwing the

Notes: Gilbert's 1st 'pen; two veterans added

@gregjohnsmlb
February 15, 2020

PEORIA, Ariz -- First impressions of 2018 first-round Draft pick Logan Gilbert? At 6-foot-6, he casts an imposing figure on the mound. And the 22-year-old generates a lot of power with a throwing motion that takes maximum advantage of his size. Gilbert threw his first bullpen session on Friday under

Sheffield shows resilience after 2019 struggles

@gregjohnsmlb
February 15, 2020

PEORIA, Ariz. -- When new Mariners pitching coach Pete Woodworth met promising prospect Justus Sheffield last year, it wasn’t in the best of circumstances. Sheffield, the key piece in Seattle’s trade with the Yankees for James Paxton, had struggled badly in Triple-A Tacoma and been sent down to Double-A Arkansas

Mariners take power arm in Rule 5 Draft

@gregjohnsmlb
December 16, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- A Mariners team that has been exploring every avenue to beef up its bullpen over the past year added an intriguing power arm in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, selecting 24-year-old right-hander Yohan Ramirez out of the Astros' organization with the sixth pick. Ramirez must be kept on

10 prospects who rebounded in 2019

@GoldenSombrero
November 30, 2019

Perhaps no prospect rebounded more in 2019 than Trent Grisham. Grisham, Milwaukee’s first-round pick in the 2015 Draft, batted .241 with 19 home runs in 1,488 plate appearances across his first four pro seasons before finally putting it together last season, slashing .300/.407/.603 with 26 homers in 441 plate appearances

Mariners prospect White inks historic 6-year deal

Prospect is 4th player to sign long-term contract before reaching bigs
@gregjohnsmlb
November 25, 2019

SEATTLE -- Evan White has yet to play a game in Major League Baseball, but the 23-year-old first baseman finalized a long-term contract on Monday that secures his future with the Mariners for at least the next six years. The Mariners announced the deal after White passed a physical exam

With White deal, Mariners solidify future at 1B

@gregjohnsmlb
November 25, 2019

SEATTLE -- A Mariners team that has started six different first basemen on Opening Day over the past six seasons will have a seventh next season. But if things go to plan, that merry-go-round is about to stop with Evan White. The promising 23-year-old prospect, who has never taken a

Mariners quiet at Rule 5 Draft deadline

@gregjohnsmlb
November 20, 2019

SEATTLE -- Having already moved a number of their top prospects onto the 40-man roster as September callups at the conclusion of last season, the Mariners kept quiet on Wednesday as the deadline passed for protecting players from next month’s Rule 5 Draft. The Mariners promoted right-handers Justin Dunn and

Mariners Arizona Fall League updates

October 25, 2019

Five Mariners prospects are playing for the Peoria Javelinas in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Second baseman Jose Caballero, left-hander Aaron Fletcher (No. 27), left-hander Raymond Kerr, right-hander Penn Murfee and third baseman Joe Rizzo (No. 20). Outfielder Jarred Kelenic (No. 1, MLB No. 13) was removed from the Peoria

Mariners shut down No. 2 prospect Rodriguez

@gregjohnsmlb
October 19, 2019

SEATTLE -- Mariners outfield prospect Julio Rodriguez, who capped an outstanding first full year in pro ball with a strong showing in 15 Arizona Fall League games, has been shut down for the final week of the season due to a minor strain in his lower back. Seattle player personnel

Kelenic exits AFL, eyes Seattle in '20

Top prospect to rest minor back issue, keeps Majors in his sights
@gregjohnsmlb
October 10, 2019

SEATTLE -- Jarred Kelenic’s first full season in professional baseball officially ended on Thursday as the Mariners’ No. 1 prospect has been shut down in the Arizona Fall League due to a sore back, but the club is already looking forward to what the 20-year-old can achieve next year after

Kelenic sharp in highly anticipated AFL debut

@JimCallisMLB
October 2, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jarred Kelenic is one of the best prospects in baseball and he's on mission. He has an ambitious goal of reaching the big leagues in 2020, even though he won't turn 21 until midseason. Playing in the Arizona Fall League will help expedite his development, so Kelenic

Impressive final audition for Dunn in 2019 finale

@gregjohnsmlb
September 29, 2019

SEATTLE -- The bags were packed as Mariners players prepared to scatter to all parts of the country to begin their offseasons on Sunday. But for Justin Dunn, this was more than getaway day. This was a final chance to reinforce his status as a strong rotation candidate next spring.

Kelenic receives Griffey honor during Seattle visit

Mariners No. 1 prospect among five Minor Leaguers recognized
@gregjohnsmlb
September 27, 2019

SEATTLE -- The Mariners presented their Minor League Awards ahead of Friday's game against the A's, with No. 1 ranked prospect Jarred Kelenic receiving the Ken Griffey Jr. Hitter of the Year honors and No. 2 prospect Logan Gilbert taking home the Jamie Moyer Pitcher of the Year award. Kelenic,

Touted prospect White gaining MLB experience

First baseman spending season's final week with Mariners
@gregjohnsmlb
September 26, 2019

SEATTLE -- As Félix Hernández went about preparations for his final Mariners start on Thursday, Evan White sat several lockers away in the Mariners clubhouse at T-Mobile Park, soaking up the scene. Hernandez is finishing up his 15th Major League season. White -- the Mariners' No. 4 prospect and MLB

Mariners, prized prospect look like a perfect fit

Talent, maturity make Rodriguez stand out in organization that has fulfilled promises to his family
@JesseSanchezMLB
September 23, 2019

PHOENIX -- Julio Rodriguez should have been resting. It was just after lunch, and his belly was full of his favorite food: white rice, kidney beans and roasted chicken. His legs were tired after his first three-hour training session of the day, but instead of taking a nap before the

Pipeline names Mariners Prospects of the Year

@gregjohnsmlb
September 19, 2019

SEATTLE -- For Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert, the rise up the Mariners' Minors ranks was both swift and impressive. In their first full season of professional baseball, the two youngsters began at Class A West Virginia and quickly played their way up to Class A Advanced Modesto and finally

Dunn rebounds with scoreless start vs. Bucs

Lewis backs fellow rookie with franchise-record fifth HR
@JakeCrouseMLB
September 19, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- The Mariners’ callup of Justin Dunn isn’t as tied to his performance as it is to him getting his feet wet as a prelude to 2020. But after a rough MLB debut last Thursday against the Reds, in which he recorded just two outs (both sac flies) and

Lewis homers, goes 3-for-6 in walk-off win

No. 10 prospect has four long balls in first six Major League games
@gregjohnsmlb
September 15, 2019

SEATTLE -- There’ll be hits and misses for young Mariners prospects as they play out the final weeks of the season, but Kyle Lewis seems intent on making the most of his hits. The 24-year-old rookie right fielder launched his fourth homer in his first six Major League games in

Walton making most of first taste of big leagues

@gregjohnsmlb
September 13, 2019

SEATTLE -- With shortstop J.P Crawford returning from a strained right hamstring on Friday, rookie callup Donnie Walton’s playing time figures to be limited in the final two weeks of the season. But the 25-year-old out of Oklahoma State certainly made the most of his initial two starts in the

Rookie Lewis breaks up no-hitter ... again

No. 10 prospect is third Mariner to homer in first two career games
@gregjohnsmlb
September 12, 2019

SEATTLE -- Somebody forgot to tell Kyle Lewis how hard this Major League game is for a rookie. For the second straight night, the newly arrived 24-year-old broke up a no-hitter with a home run; this time it was a three-run shot off Reds right-hander Sonny Gray with one out

Mariners call up top prospects Dunn, Lewis

@gregjohnsmlb
September 11, 2019

SEATTLE -- The last wave of September callups arrived for the Mariners on Tuesday, and it includes some of the club’s top prospects, including outfielder Kyle Lewis and right-hander Justin Dunn, who’ll get a chance to get their feet wet at the Major League level in the final three weeks

Lewis' 1st homer 'like an out-of-body experience'

@gregjohnsmlb
September 11, 2019

SEATTLE -- Kyle Lewis made sure his first hit in the Majors was memorable, blasting a home run over the out-of-town scoreboard in left field at T-Mobile Park in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s 4-3 victory over the Reds. For a youngster who had to overcome a major knee injury

What to expect from Dunn, Lewis with Mariners

@JonathanMayo
September 10, 2019

With the Mariners’ Double-A affiliate, the Arkansas Travelers, losing in Game 5 of their Texas League playoff series on Sunday, the parent club had the chance to call up some prospects for the rest of the regular season. Two of the bigger names coming up from that club are right-hander

Kelenic, Gilbert win Mariners' Minors awards

@gregjohnsmlb
September 10, 2019

SEATTLE -- The Mariners’ top two prospects, outfielder Jarred Kelenic and right-hander Logan Gilbert, received the club’s top Minor League honors on Tuesday as Kelenic received the Ken Griffey Jr. Hitter of the Year hardware and Gilbert was the Jamie Moyer Pitcher of the Year selection. Kelenic, the Mariners’ No.