MB100 | 34 More (The Watch List) | Corner IF & Catchers

5452957668_eca2d43567_b == Mariner Brainstorm Top 100 Prospects continued ==

We are ranking 100 prospects this year: the Top 40; the 26intheMix; and 34 More (The Watch List).  The first six members of The Watch List were the outfielders, and you can find them here.

This time we move on to corner infielders and catchers.  (The catchers had to go somewhere.)

Corner Infielders

Taylor Ard | 2014 Age: 24 | RH

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 22 Everett NORW A- SEA 75 334 296 44 84 21 3 12 58 3 1 28 54 .284 .356 .497 .853
2013 23 Clinton MIDW A SEA 118 475 420 47 101 23 1 8 53 2 1 45 63 .240 .320 .357 .677
2 Seasons 193 809 716 91 185 44 4 20 111 5 2 73 117 .258 .335 .415 .750
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/27/2014.

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Ard came out of Washington State and made a bit of a splash in Everett with a low-strikeout, high-ISO combo in 2012.  Catnip for me.

But, if he were going to make it, age 23 at Low-A Clinton was the place to make his move.  Instead, he went the wrong direction.  I’m not dropping him all the way out, but his path to the majors is (oh, no, I’m groaning before I even type it …) arduous.

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Kristian Brito | 2014 age: 19 | RH

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 17 Mariners ARIZ Rk SEA 29 115 109 13 21 1 2 1 12 2 1 4 37 .193 .226 .266 .492
2013 18 Pulaski APPY Rk SEA 56 225 209 27 52 14 0 10 38 3 2 13 71 .249 .293 .459 .753
2 Seasons 85 340 318 40 73 15 2 11 50 5 3 17 108 .230 .271 .393 .664
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/27/2014.
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Brito is going to be somewhere on the list for awhile, just because of his size (6-foot-5, 240) and power potential.  He went from awful in 2012 (probably the worst-rated hitter to get 100 PAs that year) to interesting in 2013.

He got interesting because the power showed up, and he cranked out 14 doubles and 10 HR in 56 games for a very nice .210 ISO.  That being said, the plate skills still completely lacking, and even big sluggers need to figure out how to draw walks and avoid the occasional strikeout.

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Rich Poythress | 2014 age: 26 | RH

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2009 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-Rk SEA 32 130 107 15 26 2 0 2 15 1 0 20 30 .243 .362 .318 .679
2010 22 High Desert CALL A+ SEA 123 544 476 88 150 33 0 31 130 3 2 52 100 .315 .381 .580 .960
2011 23 Jackson SOUL AA SEA 122 511 450 50 120 28 3 11 64 2 3 50 82 .267 .347 .416 .763
2012 24 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-Rk SEA 91 377 316 46 97 22 1 9 52 4 0 57 36 .307 .415 .468 .883
2013 25 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA SEA 104 434 379 51 96 25 1 15 61 3 1 50 78 .253 .341 .443 .784
5 Seasons 472 1996 1728 250 489 110 5 68 322 13 6 229 326 .283 .369 .470 .839
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/27/2014.
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The Mayor (he’s the “mayor” of Jackson, Tennessee because he’s been assigned to the AA team for so much of his career) will always be a favorite, and we kinda wish he’d go to Japan because he’d probably be a star over there.  His plate skills are unquestioned (check out that 2012 line: only 36 strikeouts in 377 PAs), and he’s shown flashes of combining that with the power he needs to be an impact 1b/DH.  But he’s never really been close to a serious shot at the MLB roster, and it’s not likely to come at age 26 and up, especially with Ji-Man Choi and D.J. Peterson zooming past him.

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Steven Proscia | 2014 age: 24 | RH

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 21 High Desert CALL A+ SEA 44 192 185 28 56 11 1 12 42 3 3 4 33 .303 .319 .568 .887
2012 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA SEA 127 554 512 98 161 26 3 28 103 12 4 29 113 .314 .352 .541 .893
2013 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-A+ SEA 111 436 399 52 89 17 2 14 46 16 5 24 107 .223 .276 .381 .657
3 Seasons 282 1182 1096 178 306 54 6 54 191 31 12 57 253 .279 .319 .487 .806
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/27/2014.
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Proscia is sort of the reverse of Poythress.  He’s always shown the power, but he’s had a big problem with strikeouts and he has an aversion to walks.  But they’re in the same boat in terms of Choi and Peterson pushing them the wrong direction on the depth chart.  Proscia once had the advantage of being able to play third, but in 2013 he only showed up there seven times.  His prospects as a first baseman are not favorable.

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Nate Tenbrink | 2014 age: 27 | LH

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 21 Everett NORW A- SEA 61 252 202 43 40 9 0 5 21 24 7 38 51 .198 .339 .317 .655
2009 22 Clinton MIDW A SEA 126 527 457 76 129 24 7 10 59 14 4 47 104 .282 .357 .431 .788
2010 23 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-A+ SEA 116 485 409 75 130 21 10 14 70 26 3 60 87 .318 .409 .521 .930
2011 24 Jackson SOUL AA SEA 64 254 211 30 46 9 6 6 25 11 3 34 60 .218 .337 .403 .740
2012 25 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-Rk SEA 47 189 156 31 47 9 4 8 25 5 3 23 56 .301 .409 .564 .973
2013 26 Tacoma PCL AAA SEA 124 505 430 77 115 24 4 15 60 12 7 62 135 .267 .363 .447 .809
6 Seasons 538 2212 1865 332 507 96 31 58 260 92 27 264 493 .272 .370 .450 .820
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/27/2014.
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Yes, we know.  Our favorite Kansas State Wildcat has some power, plays all around the diamond and knows how to draw walks. And he can mash against RH pitching.

We also know that guys who strike out well over 20% of the time in the minors (22.3% for Tenbrink) aren’t likely to make it unless they have serious power, and we know that he’s not really a second baseman (though he played there in Tacoma when Nick Franklin wasn’t around).  And, mostly, we know that guys who are still in AAA at 26 are massive longshots to ever have MLB success.

Like The Mayor, he could make an interesting addition to a Japanese team, but I don’t see a career in Seattle.

Catchers

Christian Carmichael | 2014 age: 22 | RH

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2010 18 Mariners ARIZ Rk SEA 11 35 30 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 8 .100 .206 .100 .306
2011 19 Mariners ARIZ Rk SEA 5 12 11 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 .182 .250 .455 .705
2012 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A- SEA 39 163 142 21 43 11 2 2 23 4 0 16 28 .303 .387 .451 .837
2013 21 Everett NORW A- SEA 40 161 143 16 36 7 2 3 13 1 2 14 33 .252 .323 .392 .714
4 Seasons 95 371 326 38 84 19 5 5 37 6 3 33 72 .258 .338 .393 .731
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/27/2014.
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Carmichael was actually a 6th-round draft pick out of high school, but he fell off the radar after injuries and a PED suspension.  He resurfaced in 2012 with a strong season in rookie league, but he was also older than the usual Arizona type, so it was hard to figure out what it meant.  His 2013 season was not particularly noteworthy, but it was enough to keep him on the list.

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Luke Guarnaccia | 2014 age: 21 | SH

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 18 Mariners ARIZ Rk SEA 13 32 25 4 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 7 8 .200 .375 .200 .575
2012 19 Mariners ARIZ Rk SEA 29 112 109 16 28 3 5 1 14 3 0 3 25 .257 .277 .404 .680
2013 20 Pulaski APPY Rk SEA 38 143 137 15 43 11 1 2 16 5 5 5 31 .314 .343 .453 .795
3 Seasons 80 287 271 35 76 14 6 3 30 10 6 15 64 .280 .321 .410 .730
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/27/2014.
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The Mariners liked Guarnaccia enough to draft him out of high school and draft him again the next year out of junior college.  But he must have been pretty raw since, even after three pro seasons, he still hasn’t advanced beyond rookie-level leagues.

That being said, he started to show a bit of promise at the plate in 2013.  His walk rate is ugly, and his overall numbers are inflated by a high BABIP (batting average on balls in play), but there’s some upside in there.

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