Another week means another opportunity for us to check in on the top prospects in the Mariners organization. For anyone who forgot, we look at the top 5 ranked prospects in the minor league system and give updates on how they performed in the past week. Players who are ranked in the top 5 but who are currently on the Mariners big league roster will not be highlighted in these updates, i.e. Logan Gilbert. So without wasting more of your time, here is how the guys did this week.
#1 Jarred Kelenic (Outfielder) – AAA Tacoma
AB-26 R-5 H-6 HR-1 RBI-5 BB-3 AVG-.230 (6/17-6/22 TAC)
The good news is that Jarred had more hits and RBI while also raising his average up by 30 points compared to last week. Bad news is it will probably take some time for him to get fully back to the player we saw before he was called up to the M’s. Going on a 0-for-39 stretch can be hard to get over.
#2 Julio Rodriguez (Outfielder) – A+ Everett
AB-0 R-0 H-0 HR-0 RBI-0 BB-0 AVG- / (6/17-6/24 EVT)
No, Julio didn’t have a terrible week, he was simply just called back into duty for the DR. It is the outfielders second call-up for Olympic Qualifiers as he joins fellow Mariner Luis Liberato (AAA) on the team.
#3 Emerson Hancock (RHP) – A+ Everett
IP-5.0 H-3 ER-1 BB-1 K-8 W (Last Start vs VAN 6/19)
Hancock had his stuff working on the mound vs Vancouver. The righty pitched 5 strong innings while only allowing 1 earned run and racking up 8 strikeouts. Despite this being his 6th start of the season and having an ERA of 2.14, this was the first win for Hancock.
#5 George Kirby (RHP) – A+ Everett
IP-4.2 H-9 ER-4 BB-4 K-1 L (Last Start vs EUG 6/12)
It was a start to forget, so let’s do just that.
#6 Noelvi Marte (SS) – A Modesto
AB-21 R-4 H-3 HR-0 RBI-2 BB-6 AVG-.142 (6/17-6/23)
At first glance, you’d say it was a pretty tough week for the shortstop. However, drawing 6 walks in a span of six games means his eye at the plate is developing very well. His season average is still sitting at .272 so this clearly just wasn’t his week and you can expect a bounce back. We also cannot forget that Marte’s expected debut is slated for 2023.
Hey, this week wasn’t exactly a winner in terms of overall performance but that’s ok. It is weird that this coincided with the Mariners going 7-2 in a homestand that included a sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays. Just goes to show that the big league club does have talent and eventually they will get a youth injection that should put them over the top.