Seattle Mariners Depth Chart: rickroll, part 2 (Relief Pitchers)

==Has Farq Supplanted the Bartender?==

Bullpen guys can be hard to figure.  Sometimes they can come out of nowhere and carry a team.  Sometimes they can have great stuff but never quite manage to convert it to outs when needed.

One thing is pretty obvious, though, it’s better to have too many than not enough.

And it seems that the Zduriencik-McNamara pipeline is pretty well set in that regard.  Carter Capps not getting it done?  Meet Carson Smith!  He’s not “Jeff Nelson 2.0″ after all?  Greetings Stephen Kohlscheen!  or Tyler Burgoon … or Emilio Pagan

You get the idea.

Note: Oliver Perez is a free agent, so he does not appear.

2014 age 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Thumbnail commentary
Danny Farquhar 27 RH PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Is he the closer? Well, he faced 89 batters in the 9th inning, and struck out 31 of them, with no HR. So far, so good.
Tom Wilhelmsen 30 RH PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Turns out he was still hard to hit. ISO and HR/9 were fine. But his walk rate and BABIP both zoomed up simultaneously after mid-June.
Charlie Furbush 28 LH PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA We’ll take 1.1 WAR (fangraphs) from a lefty middle relief guy.
Lucas Luetge 27 LH PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Still has silver bullets vs. LH, but righties OPS almost .900 against him.
Stephen Pryor 24 RH PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Limited to 7.1 IP by injuries, but they were a very tantalizing 7.1 IP.
Carter Capps 23 RH PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Like a bullpen Brandon Maurer, he just got tattooed (1.8 HR/9). It wasn’t entirely bad luck, but we still believe he can figure it out. If not, there are a host of guys in line.
Yoervis Medina 25 RH PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Quite the escape artist. Managed to combine 5.3 BB/9 and 2.91 ERA. One of those numbers will change going forward, we just don’t know which.
Chance Ruffin 25 RH PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Clearly, the club likes his potential, but the competition is going to be fierce. All these guys won’t fit on the big club all at once.
Carson Smith 24 RH PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Had the best season of any reliever in the organization. 1.80 ERA; 1.00 WHIP; 71 K in 50.0 IP. Some will recall that Jeff Nelson was one of the most valuable players on both the 1995 & 2001 teams. Just sayin’.
Bobby LaFromboise 28 LH PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Bad fortune at the MLB level: 2.11 FIP, 5.91 ERA. A decent September callup helped. Has better splits than Luetge and could easily grab his spot.
Brian Moran 25 LH PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Of course, Moran might grab it first; he struck out every lefty in sight (48 K in 128 BF). But righties hit him hard at AAA.
Logan Bawcom 25 RH PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Solid late-inning guy who would stand out in a system that didn’t have Farquhar, Pryor, Capps, Smith, Leone …
Dominic Leone 22 RH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 Yes, we told you about him first. Yes, he throws 95 with a 90 mph cutter. Yes, if he finds consistency he’ll be awesome. Yes, he’s zooming up everyone else’s lists, but he won’t have to zoom up ours.
Stephen Kohlscheen 25 RH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 Tall righty made a plateau leap in 2013. He and Burgoon could get a look, but have we mentioned that it’s going to be crowded?
Tyler Burgoon 25 RH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 Eight inches (at least) shorter than Kohlscheen, but in the same boat. A strikeout artist trying to get noticed in a system full of them.
Kyle Hunter 25 LH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 Do not be surprised if Hunter leaps over Luetge, LaFromboise and Moran to take a LH pen spot. He has a mix of pitches that hitters from both sides have trouble with.
Forrest Snow 25 RH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 Snow has had a roller-coaster career, but settled in nicely on the Goon Squad bullpen with Smith, Burgoon, Kohlscheen and the like. Of course, they’re all headed for the same on-ramp at the same time and somebody’s not going to make in through.
Nick Hill 29 LH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 If you’ve been around awhile you know Hill. A West Point grad, he combined his minor-league career with service as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army. Then injuries derailed him for two full years. He decided to make one more comeback, and didn’t give up a single XBH to a LH hitter. Late-season callup to Tacoma indicates that there’s still life in his career.
David Colvin 25 RH AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Colvin should have gotten a “plateau leap” writeup. After a very strong year in the High Desert pen, he could catch up with his peers who were at Jackson.
Seon Gi Kim 22 RH AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Erratic to say the least, but when he’s “on” he’s really good.
Grady Wood 24 RH HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Clinton was the one place where no one in the bullpen really made a mark, but Wood was the best of the bunch and has upside.
Jose Valdivia 22 RH LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Fully recovered from teenage Tommy John, Valdivia was close to unhittable at Everett (.148/.273/.194 slashline).
Emilio Pagan 23 RH LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Only Smith and Farquhar ranked better on the Spectometer at being hard to hit.
Kevin McCoy 22 RH SS-A LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 Only Smith, Farquhar and Pagan ranked better on the Spectometer at being hard to hit.
Paul Fry 22 LH SS-A LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 Two small guys from Michigan: Goon Squad Burgoon and “Small” Fry. Both can bring the strikeouts, but LH Fry may have a better shot at making it all the way.
Leoncio Munoz 23 LH SS-A LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 And, finally, the unheralded lefty who came out of the woodwork to have one of the best lines of anyone (1.67 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 10.3 K/9).
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