Mariner Squalls 03/30/14: Last-Minute Preparations

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== Gassed up and ready to go … ==

News: Final MLB Roster Set

Joe Beimel, Hector Noesi, and Stefen Romero get final slots.

Compass Reading: No major surprises

With Corey Hart not being placed on the disabled list, then only one of Romero or Nick Franklin was going to make it.

Logan Morrison was always a given.

As talented as Franklin is, in that scenario, Romero was the only real choice.  He’s right-handed and has real outfield experience, not two innings worth.

As I said before, if Franklin were to be kept, it would really have to be at the expense of Morrison, not Romero, and they weren’t going to do that.

Beimel over Lucas Luetge?  Well, Beimel is a mediocrity, but Luetge’s nothing too special either.  The better guys were Brian Moran, whom they lost in the Rule 5 draft by not putting him on the 40-man roster, and Bobby LaFromboise, whom they just took off the 40-man.

But I’m hoping Nick Hill emerges at Tacoma as a preferred option.

Noesi is out of options, and apparently they were weighing him against retread Zach Miner.  If that was the competition, then Noesi is fine.  The day will come (soon, probably) for Carson Smith and Dominic Leone.

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News: Rich Poythress released

The writing was on the wall when he got sent back to Jackson mid-season last year.  Jesus Montero and Ji-Man Choi are both ticketed for Tacoma, so no room for another 1b/DH type.

Compass Reading:  If he’s willing to go to Japan, he’d do well there

Poythress has power and patience, but never quite put everything together.  Maybe he’ll get a chance with another club, but he’ll always be “the Mayor” of Jackson, Tennessee.

I do understand going with Choi.  He’s better, and deserves a full shot of AAA.

And reports are that Montero has continued to hit well in minor-league action.

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News:  RRS returns (for the Diamondbacks)

Ryan Rowland-Smith made an Opening Day roster for the first time since 2010, for Arizona.

Compass Reading: It’s always nice when guys you had some faith in eventually show it was deserved

Same thing when Wladimir Balentien hit it big in Japan.

It won’t happen for Vinnie Catricala, however.  If you missed the news over the winter, he retired to join the Sacramento Police Department.

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News: Tacoma loads up on hitters; short of starters

I don’t think the final-as-in-actually-really-final-final minor league rosters are out yet, but obviously Franklin, Montero and Choi will all be in Tacoma, and quite possibly Jabari Blash as well.  So they ought to hit.

But with the veterans Scott Baker and Randy Wolf declining to stick around, and the injuries to the frontline guys, it’s not at all clear who will start for the Rainiers.

Compass Reading: They may have to promote some younger guys or pick up some discarded vets from other teams

But I wouldn’t anticipate any of the new young guns going up that high yet, though Victor Sanchez could make it to AA.

 

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