The Mariners Universe went 3-5 with all 8 teams playing baseball on August 8th; including the Big League squad. Let's take a look at the outcome.
[tab:Rainiers - AAA] The Rainiers dropped the 119th game of their 2012 campaign (50-69 overall) 3-4 to the New Orleans Zephyrs (Miami Marlins PCL affiliate).
Hector Noesi moved to 0-4 in 6 starts in Tacoma this season with an ERA of 7.24. If you didn't think it could get any worse than that; you would be wrong. Though Noesi has registered two straight quality starts in Tacoma he is still averaging 12 hits per 9IP and has a WHIP (BB+H/IP) of 1.825. After his start on August 8th, Rainiers manager Daren Brown was positive of his pitchers losing performance.
“I thought he threw well today.” “He made a couple of mistakes – obviously the three-run homer that started with a two-out walk – but I think we are moving in the right direction with him.”
Let's hope he can pick up that first PCL win in his next outing and build on an August that looks to be more promising than a July that saw Noesi finish with an ERA of 10.31.
In more positive Rainiers news Carlos Peguero hit his 19th HR of the season, moving him into 9th place in the PCL and Nick Franklin added his 5th HR since his Tacoma call up. Nick Franklin has now managed to avoid striking in back-to-back ballgames with Tacoma and has only recorded three strikeouts in his past six games; a significant improvement considering he struck out 51 times in the previous 36 games.
Erasmo Ramirez takes the mound August 10th against Tyler Lyons and the Memphis Redbirds to kick off a four game set in Memphis.
Tweet @RainiersLand to congratulate Carlos Peguero and Nick Franklin and to encourage Hector Noesi.
[tab:Generals - AA] The Generals dropped a pitching duel fit for Danny Hultzen's arm to the Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays SL affiliate). The Generals record now stands at 67-48.
Anthony Fernandez continued to impress from the mound throwing 6 innings of 3 hit baseball while allowing 1 earned run. Fernandez dropped his ERA to 2.61 in 9 starts for the Generals this season. Fernandez faced three batters over the minimum with a successful pickoff of Derek Dietrich at first base.
Rich Poythress, one of the more intriguing Mariners prospects, reached base three times in four plate appearances while raising his batting average to .304 on the season. Poythress, a second round pick of the Mariners in 2009 out of Georgia University dazzled the Mariners organization in 2010 hitting 31 home runs in High Desert with 130 RBIs while maintaining a line of .315/.381/.580 in 123 games.
Poythress has 17 HRs in the 192 games following that stand-out season; including only 6 HRs so far in 2012. His patience at the place since 2010 however has this Mariners fan excited to see what he might do in the Majors some day.
Poythress posted an OBP of .381 during his 2010 season striking out 100 times and walking only 52 times. In 2012 Poythress has nearly as many walks, 48, but has only K'd 28 times with an OBP of .426. His BB/K ratio in 2012 is nearly four times that of his ratio in 2010.
Joe Dunigan picked up his 62nd RBI which places him in 4th in the Southern League this season, however, it should be noted that Justin Bour and Hunter Morris lead the Southern League in RBIs at 96 and 93 respectively.
Tweet @JacksonGenerals to congratulate Joe Dunigan and Anthony Fernandez and to encourage Rich Poythress to keep transforming his game for the better.
[tab:Mavericks - A] An impressive High Desert offense on paper delivered in game on Wednesday as the Mavericks scored 8 runs on 12 hits with Tyler Burgoon picking up the win in relief for High Desert. The Mavericks pull even with the Generals for the best record in the Mariners organization at 67-48 with the victory.
Taylor Stanton got the ball for the Mavericks and allowed 6 earned runs over 5.2 innings of work to record a no-decision thanks to a strong 2.1 innings of work from the bullpen. Stanton did manage to strike out 9 JetHawks while walking only 1.
Four Mavericks recorded multi-hit games on Wednesday as JetHawks started Blair Walters saw his 2012 ERA jump to 13.49 after allowing four of the Mavericks runs. None of the multi-hit games were more impressive than Leon Landry who recorded three hits in four plate appearances. Landry, coming over in the Brandon League deal just over a week ago has made quite a name for himself in Mariners Universe thus far.
In his third game in a Mavericks uniform the young CF hit for the cycle and is hitting at a .455 clip since the trade (.339 overall in 2012).
Steven Proscia, Mickey Wiswall, and Dennis Raben all went 2-4 at the plate on Wednesday adding a combined 7 RBIs.
Proscia, a 7th round pick of the Mariners in 2011, is currently 9th in the Cal League in HRs with 19 and 10th in RBIs with 72. Proscia batted .211 in a previous AA/Jackson call-up earlier this season.
Tweet @HDMavs to welcome Leon Landry and root this impressive Mavericks offense to more high powered 2012 wins.
[tab:Lumberkings - A] The Lumberkings picked up a win on Wednesday over Kane County (Kansas City Royals MID affiliate) by the score of 6-2. The Lumberkings have been struggling near .500 all season as a time and move a little closer with this victory putting them at 51-62.
Kevin Rivers and Guillermo Pimentel both registered multi-HR games, while Pimentel went 4-4 from the plate, to back Seon Gi Kim for his 3rd win of the 2012 season.
For Pimentel the multi-HR game is a nice boost to a season that many Mariner fans thought would see a HR blitz from a teenager that many believe has one of the highest power celings in the minor leagues. Pimentel's two home runs on Wednesday notched his total up to 9 on the season; a far cry from expectations coming into 2012.
Pimentel has some work to do before he sees AA play late this season or in 2013 as he has recorded nearly 7 strike outs per walk (6.78) during his minor league career. (224 Ks to 33 BBs).
Kevin Rivers is batting .339 in 29 games since being called up from High Desert earlier in 2012.
Tweet @LumberKings to encourage Rivers and Pimentel to keep the HRs coming into August in the Midwest League.
[tab: Aquasox - SS/A] The Everett Aquasox dropped Wednesday's outing to the Boise Hawks (Chicago Cubs NWL affiliate) while scoring 6 runs on 9 hits. The Aquasox won their first half title at 28-10 and are 34-19 overall on the season.
Victor Sanchez, a 17 year old prospect in his first year for the Seattle Mariners, was less than impressive off the mound Wednesday. Sanchez, who has been very effective in his first season stateside, allowed 5 earned runs over 5 innings in the outing.
Even after this less than impressive outing Sanchez still touts a WHIP of 1.188 on the season with 7.3 SO/9. Sanchez was not old enough to sign until July 2, 2011 to sign out of Venezuela due to his age but the Mariners announced his signing shortly after this deadline while announcing he was their #1 international target.
Mike Zunino was 2-4 from the plate with 2 runs scored in the game. Zunino is hitting at a .340 pace since the MLB Draft in June and leads all traditional First-Round picks in HRs this season with 8. Though it should be noted that Joey Gallo, the Rangers 39th overall pick from the draft, has 16 HRs in that same time.
Zunino picked up a trove of accolades in college at Florida University and is throwing out 36% of runners on the basepaths in Everett this season.
To give my honest opinion I didn't believe coming into the draft that Stryker Trahan (26th overall selection by the Diamondbacks) was far behind Zunino in development or defensive ceiling. Trahan has 10 errors and allowed 14 passed balls behind the plate thus far and is throwing runners out at a 24% pace.
I look forward to seeing Zunino in High Desert alongside that high powered offense hopefully here in 2012.
Taylor Ard added a HR, his 8th of the season in Everett, while Janelfry Zorrilla and Alfredo Morales both registered multi-hit games.
Tweet @EverettAquaSox to welcome Sanchez and Zunino into the Mariners family.
[tab: Rookie League] Pulaski dropped Wedneday's outing 9-4 while the AZL Mariners were victorious 8-3.
Tyler Pike took the mound for the AZL Mariners and delivered a 5 inning shutout to pickup his first major league decision and victory. Pike, the Mariners 3rd round selection in 2012, has been astounding since the draft. Pike has allowed 20 hits in 35 innings while registering 34 K's posting a 1.54 ERA. Follow the link below for Q&A sessions with two of the Mariners 2012 draftees; including Pike.
Christian Carmichael, Timothy Lopes and Isaiah Yates posted multi-hit games for the AZL Mariners while Jordy Lara and Reginald Lawson accomplished the feat for Pulaski.
You can tweet Pulaski @PulaskiMariners and can get a message across to the AZL Mariners and Tyler Pike at @MinorLeagues.