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There may not be much hope for the Mariners to contend in the strong AL West in 2013, but if pitching wins championships, then there is some serious upside on the way -- and a catcher who can flat-out rake.
My Top 10
1. Mike Zunino C
2. Taijuan Walker SP
3. James Paxton SP
4. Danny Hultzen SP
5. Victor Sanchez SP
6. Brad Miller SS
7. Nick Franklin SS/2B
8. Carter Capps RP
9. Stefen Romero 2B
10. Luiz Gohara SP
Mike Zunino C
Age by 4/1/2013: 22
Notes: Strong frame, plus power and the tools to be an excellent defensive catcher at the big league level. Pretty much the whole package.
With my own eyes (video): Zunino starts with a wide, strong base that stays strong throughout a simple load. His balance is excellent at the point of contact and when he gets his arms extended, he has almost all of his strength behind the swing.
Upside: If his plate discipline continues to develop, w...
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The Seattle Mariners reached an agreement on what amounts to
a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with right-hander Felix Hernandez
last week. However, the deal was delayed when an elbow issue was discovered during an MRI taken on Friday. While the Mariners are seeking protective language
in the agreement, a deal is “still on track” and may come in the next day or...
Finalizing his record extension with the Mariners hit a bit of a snag, but Seattle and Felix Hernandez have made their new pact official, guaranteeing King Felix $175 million over the next seven seasons in the Pacific Northwest. It seems risky to lock up so much money to a starting pitcher, but it’s clear that Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik wants to make his ace the centerpiece of...