Seattle Mariners Depth Chart: rickroll, part 4 (corner IF/DH)

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==Here Comes Our Man Ji-Man==

And now corner infielders/DH as the “rickroll” Depth Chart series continues.

Note: predates Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, obviously.

2014 age 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Thumbnail commentary
Kendrys Morales 31 SH FA ($14.1M qual. offer) FA It says here the “QO” was a no-brainer. Producing a ton of XBH with a below-average K% is a key point for me, and only Morales and Seager did it. Also, you can’t replace someone with no one.
Justin Smoak 27 SH Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA 20 HR and 64 BB — finally the Smoak we were hoping for, right? Kind of. Only 19 doubles, and what might be a fortunate HR/FB rate, are red flags. I think I’d believe that the latter wasn’t a fluke (that is, he was finally shaking off his “warning track power”) if not for the former (indicating he was not hitting the ball hard consistently; his XBH% was just league average).
Kyle Seager 26 LH PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Has 3b nailed down for a long time to come? Yes … unless the Deej pushes him to second (see below).
Jesus Montero 24 RH PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Of the three “can’t-miss” guys (Ackley, Smoak, Montero), his “long, dark night of the soul” was longest and darkest. Horrible stats, knee surgery and a PED suspension. Oh, and they gave up on him as a catcher, too. Will a new Montero emerge, forged from the crucible of misfortune, and reclaim what made him look unstoppable at 19? I don’t think anyone is counting on it.
D.J. Peterson 22 RH AA/AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 He played 45 of 55 games (before breaking his jaw) at 3b, and was getting a lot of PR praise for his effort there. I think the team might be warming to the idea of Deej at third, Seager at second and Franklin/Ackley on the trading block. I warm to that idea, too (always having been a relative Franklin skeptic). Longoria/Zimmerman-level bat at 3b is not out of the question for Peterson.
Ji-Man Choi 23 LH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 You know we love our man Ji-Man! He has his nay-sayers, but I don’t know what they object to (other than he’ll be limited to 1b/DH). He hits the ball hard, draws a ton of walks and doesn’t strike out. Last time I checked, that kind of thing wins baseball games. I call him “Korean Olerud,” and I don’t think that’s out of line.
Daniel Paolini 24 RH AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Like Choi, Paolini was pushing his way up the depth chart with .300/.400/.500-type numbers. Unlike Choi, he stalled out once he reached AA. Also unlike Choi, however, he can play OF and started out at 2b. That versatility may get him a shot.
Patrick Kivlehan 24 RH AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 I’m not generally a fan of “raw, toolsy” guys, but sometiemes they figure it out. Kivlehan brought his K% down, and went nuts at High Desert. That earns him a long look, but it’s still wait-and-see for the ex-Rutgers defensive back.
Rich Poythress 26 RH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3
Yes, we love these guys, but their chances of making any kind of MLB impact are very slim and getting slimmer.
Nate Tenbrink 27 LH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3
Steven Proscia 24 RH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3
Taylor Ard 24 RH HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 The Spectometer still says he has a chance, but more likely he’ll end up with a career similar to Poythress.
Justin Seager 22 RH LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 No. Don’t get any ideas.
Joe DeCarlo 20 RH SS-A LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 A lost season for Joe D. Only 27 games, and his K% jumped through the roof. Hit the “reset” button in 2014.
Kristian Brito 19 RH SS-A LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 Went from “brutal” to “mildly intriguing.” That’s progress, I guess.
Lachlan Fontaine 18 LH Rk SS-A LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 Didn’t distinguish himself, but was only 17.
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