== Guess the Third Mariner Showing Up on the MLB.com Prospect List ==
D.J. Peterson, ya youbetcha. No. 88 overall; No. 8 at third base.
Then, there is another …
wait for it …
It’s … Tyler Marlette. Not in the Top 100, but ranked as the No. 10 catching prospect.
Do I agree? Um, no.
I mean, I haven’t ranked the top 10 minor-league catchers in baseball (maybe there’s a real shortage). But I don’t even have Marlette as the top catching prospect on his own team!
How does that happen? Well, I actually like Marlette a lot, but he’s not known for defense and, so far, he hasn’t shown a ton with his bat; at least not enough to have me convinced that he can make it as a major-league hitter. He made progress this year, but it’s hard to conclude too much since he had a high batting average on balls in play (BABIP) of .360, and that’s not likely to continue.
On the other hand, teammate Marcus Littlewood, despite unimpressive stats on the surface, showed the ability to be a “doubles-and-walks” guy (one of my favorite profiles), and is a switch-hitter who’s flashed skills from both sides of the plate.
ToMAYto, toMAHto as they say … but I wouldn’t put either among the top prospects in all of baseball.
Find the whole thing here.
Endy Chavez is back!
What can we say about that? He’s the greatest MLB player of all time with the first name “Endy”?
Yeah, we’ll go with that.
A “veteran No. 3” is being sought.
And it appears the winner is Scott Baker. More on that to come.
“Jesus Montero missed most of winter ball after needing stitches on a knuckle after a car accident.”
We missed that one. Let’s hope Montero’s 2013 calendar is deep in the dustbin of history, and 2014 will be a lot different.