Mariners recall OF Mallex Smith from AAA Tacoma

May 16th, 2019

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

  • Mallex Smith, OF, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
  • Shed Long, INF, optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game 5/14).

Smith (#0) will be in uniform and available for tonight’s (7:10 pm PT) game against the Minnesota Twins at T-Mobile Park.

Smith, 26, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on April 30. In 10 games with the Rainiers, he hit .333 (15x45) with 8 runs, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBI, 3 walks and 7 stolen bases. Prior to being optioned, he hit .165 (16x97) with 15 runs, 1 double, 2 triples, 1 home run, 5 RBI, 1 HBP, 11 walks and 8 stolen bases in 27 games with the Mariners this season.

Smith was acquired by the Mariners from Tampa Bay along with Jake Fraley (of) in exchange for Mike Zunino (c), Guillermo Heredia (of) and Michael Plassmeyer (lhp) on Nov. 8, 2018. He hit .296 (142x480) with 65 runs, 27 doubles, 10 triples, 2 home runs, 40 RBI and 40 stolen bases with Tampa Bay in 2018. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound outfielder tied for the American League lead in triples while ranking 3rd in the Majors in stolen bases and 11th in the AL in batting.

The native of Tallahassee, FL, was originally selected by San Diego in the 5th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft. In parts of 4 Major League seasons with the Braves (2016), Rays (2017-18) and Mariners (2019-c), Smith is batting .266 (272x1022) with 141 runs, 43 doubles, 20 triples, 8 home runs, 79 RBI and 80 stolen bases in 321 career games.

Long, 23, was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on May 10 and made his Major League debut on May 11 at the Red Sox. In 3 games with the Mariners, he was 0-for-9 with 2 walks. Prior to being recalled, Long hit safely in 21 of 32 games with the Rainiers, batting .276 (34x123) with 25 runs scored, 5 doubles, 4 triples, 5 RBI, 21 RBI, 14 walks and 2 stolen bases.

Long was acquired by Seattle from New York-AL in exchange for minor league outfielder Josh Stowers on Jan. 21, 2019. He was originally selected by Cincinnati in the 12th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Over 7 minor league seasons, he is batting .272 (479x1758) with 256 runs, 91 doubles, 19 triples, 55 home runs, 232 RBI, 202 walks and 54 steals in 489 games.