After a long season that I really don’t have the words to describe, the Mariners are finally down to about 2 months and 60 games left. While the trade deadline and maturation of Michael Saunders have made the last month a little more interesting, something else that is both significantly better and more interesting is the Mariners farm system. Most of the affiliates are hovering near the top of their leagues, a nice sign for a franchise that needs to learn how to win. More importantly, the talent level has improved to the point where each team has more than a few interesting players.
There’s a lot of interest in the Mariners’ minor league system right now, for good reason, so I thought I’d take a walk around the farm and give a quick rundown of who to watch at each level. One caveat: I’m no scout and haven’t seen more than a handful of these players in action. Everything you’ll see here is my composite memory of scouting reports and media pieces I’ve read. There are some good writers, local and national, who know a lot more. Jason Churchill at Prospect Insider typically has a lot of good information from a scouting standpoint, while Jay Yencich at Mariners Minors puts out a ridiculous amount of recaps, etc. Jay also does a great weekly Minors Recap at USS Mariner that will keep you up on the majority of the system goings-on. Here’s this week’s. There’s plenty of other good stuff out there, especially Jon Shields at both ProBallNW and Lookout Landing.
I’ll take these one at a time and hopefully bust through them in the next few weeks, before the minor league seasons end and I take another vacation! First up: AAA Tacoma. Continue reading