Found August 18, 2012 on hardballchat.com:


It’s always hard to capture the essence of a farm system and when we are looking only one deep at each position. The Mariners are very deep on the mound and that doesn’t come through when only looking at Danny Hultzen. They also have some young players at the big league level that should stick at certain positions.

The biggest factor in the look of the Mariners farm system if the presence of Mike Zunino. He was their first round pick this year and while none of this year’s selections have made their team’s list, the earlier signing date has allowed this year’s prospects to develop more. Zunino has already been promoted to AA, so when we are looking at the overall list we should take that into consideration.

   

AGE

Level

How

BP

BA

MLB

POS

C Jack Marder

22

A+

D

NR

NR

15

NR

1B Rich Poythrass

25

AA

D

NR

NR

NR

NR

2B Brad Miller

22

AA

D

14

NR

NR

NR

3B Vincent Catricala

23

AAA

D

8

9

5

NR

SS Nick Franklin

21

AAA

D

4

5

3

7

OF Phillips Castillo

18

R

I

11

10

10

NR

OF Jabari Blash

23

A

D

NR

NR

12

NR

OF Johermyn Chavez

23

AA

I

NR

NR

16

NR

P Danny Hultzen

22

AAA

D

2

3

1

2

Jack Marder– Catcher

Marder is a place holder and nothing more. As mentioned above, Mike Zunino is the future at this position. The Mariners are doing fine at the position right now. They have John Jaso hitting well behind the plate and Jesus Montero playing occasionally and improving as a hitter. Unfortunately, Miguel Olivo is also playing and taking up space. Zunino is being fast tracked so Marder will not be much of a factor.

Rich Poythross– First Base

Mike Carp and Justin Smoak are really the main guns right now for the Mariners. Smoak would be here, but he is already had too many plate appearances over the years. He has returned to AAA because he has hit a wall as a hitter. Poythross is a lot like Marder in that he really doesn’t have a place as a prospect, but he is the best fit for the current situation.

Brad Miller– Second Base

Ironically, Kevin Goldstein is the only scout that has him ranked in anything. The Mariners have Dustin Ackley at the big league level and Nick Franklin who might end up moving over to third base or second base in AAA. So, that doesn’t leave Miller with many opportunities, but if he performs he could become trade bait or could be a utility infielder as well.

Vicent Catricala– Third Base

Catricala was amazing the last two years, but he has hit a wall in AAA. These things happen, but what is more flabbergasting to the Mariners is that Francisco Martinez has struggled as well. Luckily, Kyle Seager has stepped up this season to have a very good season. Either way, the nightmare that is Chone Figgins is about to be over.

Nick Franklin– Shortstop

Franklin has performed well at shortstop, but odds are good that he will be moved. That presents some issues as Ackley is cemented at second base and Kyle Seager is playing well at third. The Mariners are hoping he could stick at short as that would allow them to get more offense out of their infield. This situation is one to keep an eye on.

Phillips Castillo– Outfield

Castillo was an international signee and as such the Mariners are going to be more patient with him. He has good tools and he should mature physically into a power hitter. He may not be there yet, but since he is a teenager they can be patient with him. Goodness knows, they need someone that can provide some offense eventually.

Jabari Blash– Outfield

Blash is a stereotype. He is the guy that is a three outcome type of hitter. Right now, he has 120 strikeouts and 54 walks. He also has 13 home runs. He has speed that he could utilize if he could find a way to get on base regularly. His OBP is not that bad, but he needs to make better contact before he can be a realistic prospect.

Johermyn Chavez– Outfield

He has not performed well either. The hitting side of the Mariners farm system has largely been a disappointment. He can repeat a level possibly, but the tools just don’t seem to be coming to the forefront. It’s interesting that the three scouts have such a different opinion on the Mariners outfielders and the results we see here are probably why.

Danny Hultzen– Pitcher

Hultzen is one of those high floor kind of prospects that teams love to take on occasion. He looks like a middle of the rotation starter, but chances are very good that he will stick on some level. He might be in the Mariners rotation as soon as next season and that is the best news the Mariners can hear after so many other prospects haven’t panned out.

 

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