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Lewis headlines Mariners going to Fall League

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BALTIMORE -- Outfielder Kyle Lewis, Seattle's No. 1-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, headlines a group of eight Mariners Minor Leaguers who were selected Tuesday to compete in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.

Lewis, the Mariners' first-round Draft pick in 2016, has played 31 games this season for Class A Advanced Modesto after recovering from knee surgery that cut short his first year of pro ball. He's hit .256 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 121 at-bats. The 22-year-old also played 11 games for the Mariners' Arizona Rookie League squad earlier in the year.

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BALTIMORE -- Outfielder Kyle Lewis, Seattle's No. 1-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, headlines a group of eight Mariners Minor Leaguers who were selected Tuesday to compete in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.

Lewis, the Mariners' first-round Draft pick in 2016, has played 31 games this season for Class A Advanced Modesto after recovering from knee surgery that cut short his first year of pro ball. He's hit .256 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 121 at-bats. The 22-year-old also played 11 games for the Mariners' Arizona Rookie League squad earlier in the year.

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Outfielder Braden Bishop, the club's No. 6 ranked prospect, and pitcher Max Povse (No. 10) will also compete on the Peoria Javelinas squad, along with infielder Eric Filia, catcher Joe DeCarlo and pitchers Matthew Festa, Darin Gillies and Art Warren.

Povse, 24, is the one player in that group with Major League experience, having appeared in three games in relief this year for the Mariners while allowing nine hits and five runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings. The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA in nine games (eight starts) with Double-A Arkansas and is 1-3 with a 7.40 ERA in 11 games (three starts) for Triple-A Tacoma. He was acquired last winter from the Braves.

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Bishop, a third-round Draft pick in 2015 out of the University of Washington, has posted a .306/.393/.413 line with 22 stolen bases this season while splitting time between Modesto and Arkansas. He's played the past 31 games for Arkansas, batting .336.

2017 Arizona Fall League rosters

Filia, a 25-year-old out of UCLA, has put up a .309/.394/.400 line with three homers and 53 RBIs in 121 games for Modesto. He's played mostly outfield and a little first base in his Minor League career, but is being listed as an infielder for the AFL club.

DeCarlo, 23, was drafted in the second round in 2012 as a high school third baseman out of Pennsylvania. But he's played 46 of his 89 games at catcher this season for Modesto, where he's hit .238/.345/.414 with 12 homers and 43 RBIs.

Gillies, 24, was a 10th-round Draft pick out of Arizona State in 2015 who has advanced to Arkansas, where he's 2-3 with two saves and a 3.34 ERA in 36 appearances and has 44 strikeouts and 24 walks in 56 2/3 innings.

Festa and Warren are both right-handed relievers for Modesto. Festa was a seventh-round Draft pick in 2016 out of East Stroudsburg University and he's 4-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 39 games, including one start, for the Nuts with 96 strikeouts and 19 walks in 66 2/3 innings.

The Arizona Fall League is designed to help players prepare for the jump to the Majors by playing against other top prospects. The league has a total of six teams, with five organizations represented on each. Every MLB team is required to send at least six players from its organization.

"The Fall League is very beneficial for young players trying to take the next step," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "They have to go in with the right attitude. Players have to want to be there. Everybody usually starts out great, then baseball starts winding down when the playoffs and World Series are over and they realize, 'Oh my gosh, we're the guys still playing.'

"That's when guys can lose the focus and sometimes not finish strong. But it really benefits a lot of players and is a good league."

Games run from Oct. 10 to Nov. 16, with the AFL championship on Nov. 18.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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