Seattle Mariners Depth Chart: it’s the rickroll! Part 1 Starting Pitchers

==It’s the rickroll!==

Quite awhile back, rick82 suggested at SeattleSportsInsider.com a depth chart similar to one he had found for the Seahawks.  I tucked it away as a good off-season project, and decided we would dub it the “rickroll.”

The origin of the “rickroll,” now a quaint, old-fashioned Internet artifact from the horse-and-buggy days (2007), can be found here.

We start with starting pitchers, because that seemed logical, plus it allows us to start with the only long-term contract on the books.

The yellow boxes are actual MLB clocks that have started running.  The green boxes are projected best-guess timeframes.

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2014 age
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
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28
RH
$20.9M
$24.9M
$25.9M
$26.9M
$26.9M
$27.9M
FA
Holding court for the rest of the decade unless something changes.
33
RH
$6.5M
$7M (team option)
Arb2
Arb3
FA
The best FA signing of the Zduriencik era, whether mandated from Japan or not. The 2015 team option would also buy out his first arb year, if I’m understanding it right.
21
RH
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
Arb3
FA
Felix and Taijuan could be FAs the same year? Don’t count on it, but 2020 could be dark times.
25
LH
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
Arb3
FA
And, yes, K-Pax will be on the same timeframe as well.
24
RH
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
Arb3
FA
Wither e-RAM? He went the wrong direction in almost every category in 2013, but he’s still ahead of the rest of the in-house options.
23
RH
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
Arb3
FA
Well, some of us thought he might not be ready for prime time. For whatever reason, he gets hit harder than he “ought to.”
25
RH
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
Arb3
FA
To the extent that anyone cares, Beavan will be arb-eligible in 2015.
27
RH
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
Arb3
FA
See entry under Beavan, Blake.
24
LH
Injury
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
Arb3
Who knows at this point? I suppose on the positive side, he’s no longer on the same timetable as Tai and Pax. And he could slide back another year, depending on how much rehab he needs in 2015. My view is that he’ll still be a useful MLB pitcher, but it will be awhile before we know.
25
LH
AAA
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
Arb3
Moved up the ladder with solid results, and could be an in-house option to fill a spot. There’s value in that.
24
LH
AAA
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
Arb3
Went from ahead of Elias in 2012 to behind him in 2013, but also a potentially solid LH rotation-filler.
19
RH
HighA / AA
AA / AAA
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
Would not surprise if he skips High Desert as Taijuan did. I still would not expect him in the majors until the end of 2015, which was also the Walker timetable.
22
RH
AA
AAA
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
These next three would seem to be on course for Jackson in 2014. I’ve always been a Landazuri fan.
23
RH
AA
AAA
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
Struggled at High Desert but earned a promotion anyway. Then didn’t impress much at Jackson. But still could be an option.
23
LH
AA
AAA
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Arb2
He’s yet to put it together, but you can’t rule out a lefty with good stuff.
21
RH
HighA
AA
AAA
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Then you have a righty without great stuff but awesome command/control, and he’s starting to look like the real deal.
20
LH
HighA
AA
AAA
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Yes, it’s possible that Pike could move on the same timetable as Sanchez, but I think he’ll end up lagging behind a bit. That ballooning BB% in 2013 is nagging at me.
20
RH
SS-A / LowA
HighA / AA
AAA
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Arb1
Transformed from “project” to “prospect” overnight. But he still hasn’t pitched above Pulaski. If he keeps it up, he’ll catch up with Pike.
20
RH
LowA
HighA
AA
AAA
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
The Dutch Master got himself on the chart, but he still has a long way to go.
17
LH
SS-A
LowA / HighA
AA
AAA
PreArb1
PreArb2
PreArb3
Sabathia body, Japanese brain. Need we say more? Even this non-aggressive schedule has him in AAA at age 20.
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