Game 85 + Minors Rewind: What If Chris Young Became a Weapon Instead of a Placeholder?

cy1== A nice problem to have, I suppose ==

So after all this time of Chris Young being the “guy defying gravity while we wait for Taijuan Walker or James Paxton to get healthy already,” maaaaaaaaaaybe he’s turning into the “guy who was an All-Star for the Padres back in the day when he had a healthy shoulder.”

To do that, he’d need his K-rate to go up, with his swing-and-miss rate leading the way, while still retaining his almost-magical hit-denying stuff.

Let’s see what we got:

K/9 SwStr% H/9
April 4.9 6.1 6.8
May 3.9 5.2 6.4
June/July 6.4 7.0 6.9
2007 8.7 11.6 6.1

So the trends are in the right direction, but he’s still not the guy from 2007.

Still, you can’t argue with the results.

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And picking-yourself-up-off-the-mat.

You have to love teams that go into the 6th down 2-0 and take the fight to the other guys.  Logan Morrison‘s two-run double did the most odds-reversing.

LoMo since returning from the DL: .267/.325/.480.

  • Baseball-reference.com boxscore here.

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News item: It had been rumored for quite some time that the Mariners would sign Venezuelan teen Brayan Hernandez to an international free agent deal.  Reportedly the bonus is $1.85 million, a tad lower than the $2 million figure that had been bouncing around.

Hernandez was ranked No. 8 on the MLB.com international rankings.

I don’t know if it’s common knowledge that Hernandez is the nephew of former Mariner prospect Francisco Martinez (a major flop from the Doug Fister trade), but we had that nugget back in May.

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Daily Prospect-palooza

  • Mariners affiliates scoreboard here.
  • Tacoma was shut down and held to just three singles.  But the game was noteworthy nonetheless:  Corey Hart played in the outfield for the first six innings.
  • Luiz Gohara had just two starts in Arizona before jumping up to Everett.  Where he promptly got pounded: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
  • Glamour prospects in Arizona: Alex Jackson, 1-for-4, double; Gareth Morgan, 0-for-2, 2 BB.
  • Jackson completed a suspended game in which Victor Sanchez had pitched 4.0 scoreless innings.  Archie Bradley, an even more highly-regarded prospect, was also unscored-upon for Mobile.  Bradley is coming back from an elbow injury.
  • In the ensuing regularly-scheduled game, Tyler Pike had another effective but walk-heavy start: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K.
  • Tyler Smith got his 5th homer, but it was the only score for High Desert in a rare low-scoring affair.
  • Clinton outfielder Chantz Mack got on base four times (single, 3 BB) in a LumberKing loss.
  • Some other moves besides Gohara: Nelson Ward, who had kicked off Pulaski’s season on a red-hot streak (14 hits in 11 games), moved up to Everett.  Meanwhile Corey Simpson, the big kid from Texas, moved down to Everett after struggling through 53 games at Clinton (.289 SLG).
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