Jim Caple

SOME MARINERS PROSPECTS TO KNOW

With the Mariners (and other teams) always looking for young prospects to make them better, here are some of those Seattle minor leaguers who will or might do so when (if) they make the majors this season:

The Mariners signed first baseman Evan White (he turns 24 in April) to a six-year deal worth $24 million this winter after he batted .293 with 18 home runs and 55 RBIs in 92 games with AA Arkansas last year. Overall, he has hit .296 with 32 home runs and 133 RBIs in 230 games and three seasons in the minors. He also as struck out 206 times with 87 walks.

He is expected to be their first baseman and hopefully he winds up as good as former Seattle first basemen Alvin Davis, John Olerud and Tino Martinez were.

Logan Gilbert, a 22-year-old pitcher who turns 23 in May, played at A and AA last season, going 10-5 with a 2.13 ERA and 165 strikeouts in just 135 innings. He also walked only 33 batters and allowed only seven home runs. Based on that, he could make it to the majors this season and perhaps be a very good pitcher for Seattle.

Outfielder Jarred Kelenic is just 20 years old and played in A and AA last season, batting.291 with 23 home runs and 68 RBIs in 117 games. He also struck out 111 times. We’ll see how he does this season.

Outfielder Julio Rodriguez just turned 19 years old the last week of December. He played in Class A last season, batting .326 with 12 home runs, 69 RBIs and 63 runs in 84 games. He struck out 76 times. Perhaps he continues to hit well enough that the Mariners call him up this year.

Catcher Cal Raleigh is 23 and played at A and AA last year, hitting 29 home runs with 82 RBIs in 121 games. He batted .251 overall but just .228 at AA and struck out 116 times in both leagues. The Mariners do need a catcher after trading Omar Narvaez who basically led the team in batting last year but had some catching issues. So maybe Raleigh can make a difference.

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