2022 Mariners affiliate wrap-up: Arkansas Travelers (AA)

For the low minors (under AAA), the common season has come to an finish, and sadly, not one of the Mariners associates have superior to the post-season. So as every affiliate’s season involves an in depth we might be highlighting every workforce: how their season went, and the standout performances from each highly-touted prospects and a few sleepers to control. So far we have lined the Modesto Nuts (A) and the Everett AquaSox (A+). Next up is Double-A Arkansas.

Team Overview:

Final Record: 73-65, 2nd within the Texas League North

I do not know if this may make them really feel higher or worse, however the Travs had the perfect run differential within the Texas League and had an anticipated report of 79-59, which might’ve been tops within the league. Arkansas had a completely dominant pitching employees, led by Taylor Dollard. As a workforce, the Travs led the Texas League with a 1.30 WHIP and had been prime three in nearly each different pitching statistic. Unfortunately, the offense simply lagged too far behind to be official contenders. The offense was useless final in OPS at .738 and within the backside half of the league in virtually each offensive statistic, regardless of a few stable offensive contributors that we’ll get to under.

Key Subtractions:

Does it actually depend as a subtraction if it was just for the final week of the season? If sure, then Cade Marlowe going to Tacoma to proceed his season was essentially the most notable “loss” of the season. Beyond Marlowe, the Travs averted a lot of the mass exodus that the decrease ranges noticed across the commerce deadline. The lack of nearer Michael Stryffeler for Curt Casali damage the Travs pitching down the stretch, as did dropping beginning pitcher Levi Stoudt for Luis Castillo, however they introduced in loads of reinforcements to the pitching employees, talking of which…

Key Additions:

It virtually appears like Jerry Dipoto was personally challenged that he could not construct the perfect pitching employees within the group solely in Arkansas. We know concerning the dominance of Taylor Dollard and Emerson Hancock, however the additions to the pitching employees later within the season ought to convey loads of optimism sooner or later. Nick named him the AquaSox pitching MVP, however there’s an argument for Bryce Miller getting some recognition in Arkansas too. Miller ended his season on a excessive observe with a career-high 14 (!) strikeouts.

I do know I need not hype up Miller greater than he already is, however good lord, I’m excited to see what he can do in 2023. Prelander Berroa was a strikeout machine throughout his time in Arkansas with a “patently absurd for any beginning pitcher not named Jacob deGrom” 35.6% Ok charge. Berroa might want to lower down on his 16.8% stroll charge shifting ahead, however the stuff is fairly clearly there. Isaiah Campbell impressed as a reliever in each Everett and Arkansas, and it would not be an enormous shock to see him in Seattle in some unspecified time in the future in 2023. The strike-throwing Campbell is usually a official weapon if he can lower down on his . 393 BABIP and are available anyplace near his 42.9% Ok charge and three.6% BB charge.

Team MVP, offense: Cade Marlowe

Covering the workforce all season, it may be simple to get misplaced within the day-to-day and not likely discover the traits, however after I wasn’t wanting, Cade Marlowe changed into a famous person. From opening day on April eighth till the tip of May, Marlowe had a slash line of .230/.337/.345 for an 81 wRC+. He was including some worth on the basepaths, however he wasn’t displaying a lot to foretell what got here subsequent. From June 1st till he acquired known as as much as Tacoma on September 14th, Marlowe slashed .321/.402/.552 for a 142 wRC+. Marlowe put collectively his second consecutive 20/20 season, becoming a member of a really unique checklist.

Marlowe acquired particularly scorching in September, virtually as if he dared the Mariners to let him proceed his season.

I do not know if I might completely rule out the thought of ​​Marlowe seeing time in Seattle earlier than the season is over, particularly as a result of he’s Rule-5 eligible this offseason and looks as if a lock to get chosen if he’s left unprotected.

Honorable Mention: Joe Rizzo

Part of me wished to shout out Jake Scheiner right here as a result of he completed the season on a excessive observe and is extra of an under-the-radar man than Rizzo, however I’m fascinated about Rizzo’s future within the group, and thus he’s the selection . Rizzo is one other Rule-5 eligible participant. If you had requested me final week, I might’ve stated the Ms would depart him unprotected as soon as once more this winter, however they made a curious determination in the course of the last sport that has me second guessing that after they began Rizzo in proper subject for the primary time in his skilled profession.

It could be very believable that they simply wished to attempt one thing over the past sport of the season. Still, if Rizzo is usually a legit utility participant—the previous third baseman performed ten video games at first this season and has a extra intensive historical past at first and second in 2021—then his worth will increase fairly a bit. Ideally, the Mariners discover a spot on the 40-man for him this winter, but when not, I hope he goes to a corporation that can give him a official shot at enjoying time going ahead.

Team MVP, pitching employees: Taylor Dollard

Dollard was the one potential alternative for this one. The pitching employees was very spectacular, however I feel I might argue that Dollard was the perfect participant in your complete group in 2022, sorry Harry Ford. Dollard led the Texas League in virtually each important class, and most of them weren’t that shut. He had a 2.25 ERA, a 3.61 FIP, a .248 BABIP, a 0.95 WHIP, and a 0.56 HR charge. Not horrible, IMO. Just for secure measure, he additionally completed with a 16-2 report and a league-leading 144 innings. Dollard did every thing requested of him after which some.

Depending on what occurs this offseason, I might see Dollard battling Emerson Hancock for a possible spot within the Seattle rotation. If nothing else, he made masking the 2022 Arkansas Travelers much more enjoyable than it will’ve been with out him each 5 days.

Honorable Mention: Emerson Hancock

I actually wished to both go along with Bryce Miller right here as a result of I’m extremely enthusiastic about Bryce Miller, or go along with extra of an under-the-radar participant like Travis Kuhn or Dayeison Arias. Still, Hancock is the “right” reply right here. 2022 was a bounceback 12 months for the previous top-ten choose. If nothing else, Hancock’s 98.1 innings had been greater than sufficient to be inspired about his prospects going ahead after solely throwing 44.2 innings in 2021. The undeniable fact that Hancock was really good in these 98.1 innings is a good signal for the long run and his means to contribute in 2023. None of his stats bounce off the web page, however I’ll take a 3.75 ERA in his first full season, an ERA that may’ve been significantly decrease if not for a regarding 1.46 HR/9. If Hancock can lower that quantity down and proceed to take care of one thing near his .244 BABIP and his 9.2% Ok charge, he ought to be ready to make his technique to Seattle in some unspecified time in the future in 2023.

An unheralded participant to have in your radar: Juan Then

Okay, I do know Juan Then is way from unheralded as he has been within the group on and off since 2017 and was at one level one of many highest-rated prospects within the org, nevertheless it appears like he has fully fallen off the radar over the past 12 months and alter. For so long as it appears like Then has been a mainstay, he’s nonetheless someway solely 22 years previous—reader, I too gasped after I noticed that. Injuries restricted him to solely ten innings with the Travs in 2022, however the truth that the Ms are sending him to the Arizona Fall League reveals that he’s clearly of some significance to the group. It is feasible they’re sending him there simply to get some extra aggressive innings this 12 months or to highlight him to different groups in a possible commerce, however Then is youthful than each different participant talked about right here; it’s far too early to put in writing him off, particularly when he can do that.

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