Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 9/9/13
When the Seattle Mariners designated Aaron Harang for assignment, there was wild speculation that Seattle would call up their top pitching prospect, and one of the top prospects in the game, to take his place.  However, Taijuan Walker wasn’t the only option to take the place of the struggling veteran—the unexciting and futureless Hector Noesi and Blake Beavan could have made a few starts to finish out the season, or even someone slightly more interesting like Brandon Maurer could have gotten a chance to get pelted every fifth game like Harang had been.  Instead of going with the safe or expected options, the Seattle Mariners decided to make another promotion that went against conventional wisdom and challenge a highly skilled prospect.  The 2013 Jack Zduriencik M’s regime has been more aggressive with its prospect promotions; Mike Zunino got promoted after less than a calendar year as a professional baseball player, Brad Miller wasn’t in the minors much longer, and Nick Franklin...
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