News: Mariners sign Todd Coffey
Compass Reading: Another Day, Another Rehab Guy Off the Scrap Heap
Here is a guy who is pretty much league-average:
He’s had two TJ surgeries. I guess the first one is for practice these days.
Anyway, when he’s healthy, he’s pretty much your replacement-level player, ranging between -0.8 and +0.9 Fangraphs WAR.
A right-handed version of Joe Beimel? Seems about right.
Of course, there is value in replacement-level players.
Compass Reading: Can’t Get Here Too Soon
Brandon Maurer still hasn’t figured it out, and Chris Young is like the cartoon characters who run off the cliff and keep running half way across the canyon until they realize that there’s no ground underneath anymore.
So, yeah. Let’s get these two healthy.
Paxton threw 53 pitches and Walker threw 35. Paxton is apparently several days ahead of Walker, but both are aiming for a June return.
Shannon Drayer has video of Walker’s simulated game here.
News: Mock drafts emerging
Compass Reading: Still No Good Reading on No. 6
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says the Mariners are interested in N.C. State shortstop Trea Turner with the No. 6 pick because Seattle has “needs at shortstop.” Well, Brad Miller hasn’t been too good so far, but the M’s actually have four top young players at short at AA and higher, plus a sprinkling of other guys who can play there.
Turner seems to be rising back up draft boards after dropping earlier, and he’s a possibility that high — but not because the Mariners “need” a young guy at short. Oh well.
The earlier word was that Turner was a glove wizard with speed, and not a ton of power, but now he’s touted as a good hitter who may not stick at short.
Anyway, the mock-draft folks have the Mariners going all kinds of different ways:
MLB.com: Vanderbilt RH starter Tyler Beede
Baseball America: LSU RH starter Aaron Nola
Minor League Ball: U. of San Francisco OF Bradley Zimmer
MLB Draft Insider: Nola
My sense has been either Beede or Nola, based on the Mariners’ history of picking relatively polished college guys in the upper part of the draft. None of the hitters really fits the bill, and the top high school arms are likely to be gone. One or the other of the SEC guys is almost certain to be there, though.
East Carolina RHP Jeff Hoffman, who was slated as a top-5 pick before being sidelined by TJ surgery. could still end up with the M’s as well. Given that TJ surgery is sort of like brushing your teeth for pitchers these days. Routine.
But we also know that clubs deliberately spread false rumors to try to get the outcome they want, so there’s no way to be sure who’s interested in whom.