Now that the Mariners have graduated their wave of prime prospects over the previous couple of years and constructed an thrilling younger core, there’s been an comprehensible drop in the place they rank amongst baseball’s farm programs. But that is okay, as a result of that signifies the method is working as meant, with gamers transferring by means of the system and graduating to the bigs; stadiums do not show banners for “greatest farm system”, in spite of everything.
And it is not as if the Mariners system is totally empty; only recently, Baseball America named three present Mariners farmhands to their Top 100 listing. They are:
- C Harry Ford at #64
- SS Cole Young at #99
- RHP Bryce Miller at #100
(Amusingly, Ford is squashed between his two former organization-mates, with Noelvi Marte at #63 and Edwin Arroyo at #65.)
Ford is at the moment Seattle’s prime prospect, so it tells you a little bit in regards to the state of the system that he is the highest-ranking member of the Mariners group at #64. However, on condition that the Mariners only recently graduated a crop of high-ranking prospects, they nonetheless stack up surprisingly properly with the remainder of the AL West so far as Top-100 prospects.
The Angels have simply two Top-100-ers, SS Zach Neto (#53) and C Logan (*100*)Hoppe (#42), who made his big-league debut in 2022 after coming over because the return for Brandon Marsh and could have graduated off the following iteration of this listing. The sinking-ship A’s someway solely have one, C/1B Tyler Soderstrom (#35), though that might change if Oakland continues promoting off what stays on their roster for components. The Astros annoyingly have two on the listing regardless of successive years of forfeiting their first-round picks and a passel of prospect graduations: C Yainer Diaz at #82 and #28, RHP Hunter Brown, who was really with the big-league membership for the playoffs and might be graduated from the listing the following time it comes out.
The solely different AL West staff with as many Top-100 prospects because the Mariners is the Rangers, and so they even have the highest-ranked prospect within the AL West: OF Evan Carter, who ranks at #26. RHP Owen White is #59 and Josh Jung is listed at #66, behind Ford, however could have accrued sufficient MLB service time to graduate off the following iteration of the listing when it is revealed.
While it is attainable Bryce Miller will even be a commencement earlier than the following listing, it is very important notice the youth of the gamers the Mariners have landed on the listing, with Ford and Young heading the following wave of gamers to Seattle. It’s additionally not unreasonable to count on recently-signed SS Felnin Celesten to look on the listing the following time it is revealed, particularly with Jerry Dipoto indicating the staff has despatched him to the membership’s annual pre-Spring Training minicamp to have him work out with the highest minor-leaguers within the group.
On his weekly present @SeattleSports activities Jerry Dipoto stated that Felnin Celesten will come on to Az to hitch mini camp with the Mariners minor league gamers. Wants to make certain he spends a while with Julio as properly.
— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) January 19, 2023
That’s considerably of a uncommon step for the Mariners, who usually develop younger worldwide gamers slowly, serving to them to construct foundational expertise on and off the sphere earlier than subjecting them to the high-pressure setting of aggressive ball. But as Dipoto notes, Celesten has had a unique stage of “publicity” as a prime prospect to these sorts of environments, and the membership is comfy with difficult him. With extra evaluators in a position to take a look at Celeste stateside, it’s going to elevate his profile greater than if the Mariners solely stored him stashed away of their complicated in Boca Chica. If scouts like what they see, count on El Fénix to begin rising up prospect lists the following time prospect season is upon us.