Game 36 + Minors Rewind: Young Again (Again)



== Chris Young keeps on keepin’ on ==

He’s still the most unlikely Mariner, since it was just a matter of unique timing that Chris Young landed in Seattle.

And he’s still doing it with “smoke and mirrors” (and, yes, Smoak, too — we’ll get to that).  He’s still barely striking anyone out … let alone making them swing and miss.

Young’s swing-and-miss percentage is 5.3% — not just a career low, but it’s way below what even an average pitcher ought to get.

So he’s pretty much been counting on hitters putting the ball in play and not getting hits.

Not usually a winning strategy, but … it’s working!

Now Young’s career BABIP-against is better than average, indicating that his height and delivery do keep guys from getting good contact, but his HR-rate and ISO-against indicate that it doesn’t work all the time.

But the BABIP-against of .179 he’s running in 2014?  It’s hard to see that hold up for a whole season.   But so far, it’s been working for the Mariners when they need it.


And they needed it Saturday, since they were facing flamethrower Yordano Ventura.  He had some serious stuff going, but lacked just enough consistency to give up bombs to Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley.

Smoak here:

Ackley link here.

Funny to see the two disappointing “can’t miss” guys deliver in the same game.


Michael Saunders hyperextended his knee, and is day-to-day.

Good news on Taijuan Walker and James Paxton, who are both gearing up toward June returns.  Both claim to be throwing without pain.

Will they displace Brandon Maurer?  Yes.  Young or Roenis Elias?  One or the other.  We’ll see.


Daily Prospect-palooza

  • Tacoma’s game was suspended, but it happens that it was complete by the time I finished this.  So, Tacoma won 6-5 with a run in the 9th on Sunday.


  •  On Saturday night, Nick Franklin had his 7th home run, and he finished 4-for-4 with a double, a walk and a steal in addition to the longball.


  • Chris Taylor had three hits (single, double, triple) and his 7th steal.


  • Patrick Kivlehan got promoted to AA Jackson, but was 0-for-2 in his debut at 3b there.  It looks like he arrived mid-game and got inserted right into the contest.  Interesting that it was Kivlehan ahead of D.J. Peterson, but the Deej didn’t get off to a hot start.  Daniel Paolini got his second homer in the game … and it was Grand Salami Time.


  • In other Jackson news, phenom RHP Victor Sanchez is returning from the disabled list.  He’s been out with “forearm tightness.”


  •  High-A High Desert got knocked around by Lancaster, with another shaky start for Dylan Unsworth (5.0 IP, 5 ER).  No walks, though.


  • Low-A Clinton went to 11 innings before falling to Peoria.  The usually super-reliable Emilio Pagan was the loser after giving up the 5th and 6th earned runs of his entire career.  Kicked his ERA up to 1.62.




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