Seattle Mariners Depth Chart: rickroll, part 3 (catchers)

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==Let’s Get Zuninonian!==

Here’s the next part of the “rickroll” depth chart series — catchers.

Note: predates signings of John Buck and Humberto Quintero.

2014 age 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Thumbnail commentary
Mike Zunino 23 RH PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA He ought to stabilize the position for years to come. Not a Posey-level offensive weapon (not until his K% comes down a bunch), but the whole “team leader within four seconds” deal can’t be ignored. At the plate, at worst, he can provide some Olivo-type pop with more walks, but there’s a good chance that eventually he’ll do more than that.
Jesus Sucre 26 RH PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA You may recall that in 2012 Zduriencik went to Jackson to see Franklin, Walker, Paxton and the guys, and he came back raving about Sucre’s skills behind the plate. No surpise, then, that he got a shot at a backup role. But it only lasted 8 games before he got hurt. It seems doubtful that they’ll go into 2014 with only Zunino and Sucre, so expect a veteran of some sort to appear here.
John Hicks 24 RH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 Not surprisingly, Hicks’ 2012 power surge was High-Desert-asssited, and his bat looked much more tepid in Jackson. A big drop in BABIP makes it look worse than it was, though. And the organization loves his 50% gun-down rate for basestealers. Definite MLB potential, but, with Zunino there, it’s not certain the team will want to go with two young catchers.
Steve Baron 23 RH AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Yes, he’s still around. No, he wasn’t drafted ahead of Mike Trout, but almost (25th vs. 33rd). No, he didn’t even hit at High Desert.
Marcus Littlewood 22 SH HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Tyler Marlette (see below) is the hot ticket (No. 12 in MLB.com post-season list), but the Spectometer loves Littlewood’s walks-and-doubles combo and suggests he might love High Desert in much the way Seager, Miller and Taylor did. We’ll see.
Tyler Marlette 21 RH HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Don’t get me wrong. Marlette put up very nice Clinton numbers as well (.304/.367/.448), and he and Littlewood are a great pair to have. Not easy to find backstops with offensive potential, let alone two coming along together. It will be interesting to see what they do in the desert.
Christian Carmichael 22 RH LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 He was a 6th-round pick back in 2010, but injuries and a PED suspension slowed his career arc, and he still hasn’t played above Everett. But a decent bat for a catcher.
Daniel Torres 22 RH LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 The team must like his defense, since they moved him up and down and around when they needed catching help after Zunino and Sucre were hurt. He didn’t hit anywhere, though.
Luke Guarnaccia 21 SH SS-A LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 Guarnaccia showed progress at the plate (.795 OPS) and seems to have the most promise among a thin crew in the lower levels.
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