Seattle Mariners Depth Chart: rickroll, part 6 (outfield)

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==They Might Be Sluggers==

And the final act of our “rickroll” depth chart series is in the outfield, and the possibility that sluggers are emerging?

Note: predates Corey Hart and Logan Morrison.

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Michael Saunders 27 LH Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Yes, for now, Saunders is the dean of the Mariners OF. He has more service time than any Mariner on the current roster except Felix. [!] There will be other names here eventually. Will they start with “Jacoby” or “Shin-soo” or something else? We’ll see.
Dustin Ackley 26 LH PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA He’s on on the middle-infield list, too. If his back-to-basics approach results in consistency (second half of 2013 = .304/.374/.435), then he’ll be needed both places. Not only are there no outfielders to speak of, I expect plenty of streakiness from Nick Franklin.
Abraham Almonte 25 SH PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA Had an excellent AAA season and an intriguing 25-game tryout in the bigs. He’s got value, but if he’s an everyday player, that’s a sign 2014 has been written off.
Xavier Avery 24 LH PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA I’ll put him here because he’s on the 40-man roster, but I’m not impressed.
Stefen Romero 25 RH PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 FA To answer the comments, I think if they thought Romero could play 2b in the majors, they’d still be giving him work there. I’ve always been skeptical of his chances for long-term success as a corner-position hitter in the majors, but maybe I’m wrong.
Travis Witherspoon 25 RH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 No, not impressed with him either.
Jabari Blash 24 RH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 OK … when’s the last time the Mariners had an actual slugger in the OF (unless you count Raul)? It was Jay Buhner and the calendar still started with “19.” Bone struck out a lot, but delivered plentiful bombs and a ton of walks. That’s the same template that Jabari the Elder demonstrated in 2013. The most encouraging thing being the 9 HR and 20 BB after he moved up to Jackson (29 games). He’s not a slam dunk by any means, but it’s time to sit up and take notice of this guy.
Julio Morban 22 LH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 I always say I practically invented the Morbanwagon, because I DID invent the Morbanwagon. That being said, he is injury-prone and didn’t make the kind of progress I hoped to see at AA. He’s still got time and talent, though. But Blash rocketed past him in my book in 2013.
Daniel Paolini 24 RH AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 We already discussed Paolini in the corner-IF grid, but he ought to have a better shot in the OF given the lay of the land. Of course, he did a face-plant at AA (right after I’d touted him as a top-flight prospect). If he can recapture what showed in the second half of 2012 and first half of 2013, I wouldn’t hesitate to move him ahead of Romero and Morban.
James Jones 25 LH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 Just when Jones looked like he would fade away like Mike McGee, he rallied with a solid year and got a late nod at Tacoma. Since they don’t seem to view him as an everyday CF, I don’t really see an MLB role.
Leon Landry 24 LH AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Arb3 I already awarded the worst High Desert-to-Jackson transition to Jack Marder, but it may have been Landry. It looks like he was a California League mirage unless he can turn it around.
Jabari Henry 23 RH AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Arb2 Jabari the Younger got off to a torrid start, and eventually earned the High-A promotion he needed. He has a lot of all-around value, but it’s questionable if he brings enough to be an everyday guy at a corner position. Don’t sneeze at his plate skills, though.
Austin Wilson 22 RH HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Could it be that the Ms went from zero legit power-hitting outfield prospects to two in the month of August? Yes, it could. Right when Blash was going bombs-away in AA, Wilson found his stroke and slugged over .600 down the stretch for Everett. Wilson’s late surge was one of the best things that happened in 2013, and he could move on a faster timetable if he keeps it going.
Dario Pizzano 23 LH HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Can’t argue with the 40 doubles or the 61 walks or the low K%. The guy fits into the pure-hitter mode, but without defensive value, he’ll have to develop some additional pop to get to the finish line. Doesn’t mean he won’t.
Gabriel Guerrero 20 RH HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 Arb1 Started the year with a ton of potential and an aggressive placement at low-A. Didn’t do much with it, striking out a bunch and ISO under .100. We’ll give him a mulligan, but after the PimentelCastilloMoralesPeguero collective flop-o-rama, he’s on a short leash.
Chantz Mack 23 LH LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 PreArb3 The ex-Miami Hurricane showed enough OBP promise to get a cameo at Jackson.
Tyler O’Neill 19 RH SS-A LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 The Tank didn’t disappoint, though he only went deep once in 28 games before departing to play for Team Canada.
Aaron Barbosa 22 LH SS-A LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 One of our “radar alert” guys, with interesting speed and strong plate skills. Worth watching.
Isaiah Yates 19 RH SS-A LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 There’s some building blocks here, though he didn’t show much at Pulaski.
Corey Simpson 20 RH SS-A LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 PreArb2 Dare we consider that there might be a third legit power-hitting OF prospect? Maybe. It was only 14 games, but the big Texan put up an ISO of .245.
Yordi Calderon 20 RH Rk SS-A LowA HighA AA AAA PreArb1 Who knows what his Venezuelan stats mean, but really only Ji-Man Choi had a comparable slash line: .314/.425/.538.
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