MB100 | 34 More (The Watch List) | Middle Infielders

1024px-Baum_Stadium_infield_view== Mariner Brainstorm Top 100 Prospects (continued) ==

One last set of position players for The Watch List.  Previously we covered the outfield and corner infielders + catchers.

Those groups were populated by a fair number of holders-on whom we still like, but for whom MLB hopes are fading (Rich Poythress, Leon Landry).  The middle-infield group seems to have avoided that type of player.

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Brock Hebert | 2014 age: 23 | 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 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A–Rk SEA 63 277 229 43 61 7 2 1 23 19 6 37 52 .266 .378 .328 .706
2013 22 3 Teams 3 Lgs A-A+-A- SEA 82 326 278 57 76 17 2 2 28 17 7 33 62 .273 .366 .371 .737
2 Seasons 145 603 507 100 137 24 4 3 51 36 13 70 114 .270 .372 .351 .723
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/29/2014.
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The Louisiana native has played all over — both on the field and geographically.  He’s been on four different teams and played six different positions, including pitcher.  Is he the Cajun Bloomquist?  Maybe.  He doesn’t light up any category, but he’s a little bit good at most things.  And that adds up to a fair amount to like.

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Martin Peguero | 2014 age: 20 | 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 17 Mariners ARIZ Rk SEA 43 176 165 23 46 12 1 1 25 17 5 6 22 .279 .309 .382 .690
2012 18 Pulaski APPY Rk SEA 60 256 238 30 55 11 2 0 24 3 1 12 32 .231 .269 .294 .563
2013 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A- SEA 58 215 199 21 49 8 0 0 27 3 2 8 24 .246 .275 .286 .561
3 Seasons 161 647 602 74 150 31 3 1 76 23 8 26 78 .249 .282 .316 .597
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/29/2014.
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The whole strange story of Peguero’s huge signing bonus, which was then revoked, is way in the rear-view mirror, and now he’s just a guy.  A guy who doesn’t look like a shortstop, and who doesn’t look like he’ll hit enough to play anywhere else.  That being said, he was challenged to play at Low-A Clinton as a teen, and he could still mature into something.  But 8 extra-base hits and 8 walks for the whole season?  At one time some had Peguero (now the only Peguero left in the organization) among the top 10 in the system.  It wasn’t me.

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Jack Reinheimer | 2014 age: 21 | RH

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2013 20 Everett NORW A- SEA 66 291 249 39 67 6 1 2 30 18 5 32 51 .269 .359 .325 .684
1 Season 66 291 249 39 67 6 1 2 30 18 5 32 51 .269 .359 .325 .684
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Generated 1/30/2014.
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How do you rank the low-ceiling, high-floor guys?  Like this, I guess.  Reinheimer was a 5th-round pick out of East Carolina, and seems like a steady type who can get on base and swipe some bags.  And he’s a bit younger than your usual college draftee.  A good guy to have in the system, but nothing other than a nice walk rate stands out so far.

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Zach Shank | 2014 age: 23 | RH

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2013 22 Pulaski APPY Rk SEA 52 215 183 30 42 11 5 1 19 9 0 21 22 .230 .322 .361 .683
2013 22 Clinton MIDW A SEA 8 25 21 4 6 0 0 1 4 1 0 1 3 .286 .360 .429 .789
1 Season 60 240 204 34 48 11 5 2 23 10 0 22 25 .235 .326 .368 .694
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/30/2014.

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If you’re new, you may not know that Mariners Scouting Director Tom McNamara played college baseball in the Northeast at Dominican College in New York State.  And he seems to take special pride in unearthing guys from similar small programs in that part of the country.  Daniel Paolini (Siena) and Dario Pizzano (Columbia) are probably the best known, but two undrafted free agents, Kevin Rivers (Franklin Pierce) and Aaron Barbosa (Northeastern), have also made some noise,  And pitcher Ryan Horstman (St. John’s) may be next.

Shank, from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, is also on that list.  The 28th-round pick played mostly at second, though he had a handful of games at short and third.  It’s not clear where he’ll end up defensively, but he was a full-time shortstop in college, so second base seems reasonable.

His hitting stats are better than they look (he had a .256 BABIP [batting average on balls in play]), but his plate skills look solid, and the five triples are cool.  And he was 10-0 on stolen base attempts.  Shank also got a late-season promotion to Low-A Clinton, so someone in the organization was paying attention.

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Tyler Smith | 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
2013 21 Pulaski APPY Rk SEA 52 233 200 33 64 16 3 2 34 12 5 18 32 .320 .394 .460 .854
1 Season 52 233 200 33 64 16 3 2 34 12 5 18 32 .320 .394 .460 .854
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/30/2014.
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Smith’s excellent stats make one wonder if he should be higher on the list, but one needs to remain skeptical of guys from major-conference programs going into the low minors.  We’ll see the same issue arise with Smith’s Pulaski teammate Eddie Campbell. The ex-Oregon State Beaver did everything you could ask, but the Appalachian League isn’t really a higher level than the Pac-12, so it’s hard to know what to make of it.  The 16 doubles and 12 steals in a 52-game season are intriguing, though.

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One thought on “MB100 | 34 More (The Watch List) | Middle Infielders

  1. As a huge OSU Beaver fan it offends me that Tyler Smith didn’t make your top 66! 🙂

    Nah, just joshing, although I really do think that Tyler will end up being a big league player. He may have to take a bit of a Willie boom boom approach, and it may not be in Seattle (quite a few SS, 2b guys in front of him…), but Tyler is a good athlete, with a great baseball mind, and a hard worker. I think it is not coincidence that Pat Casey guys (OSU’s head coach) tend to make the most out of their physical talents… See guys like Ellsbury, Darwin Barney, and our own Romero…

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