2022 Seattle Mariners Affiliate Preview: Double-A Arkansas

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It’s that time of year when we bring you a preview of every Mariners MiLB affiliate for the upcoming season. In previous years we started at the lowest levels of the system and worked our way up, but this year we will start in the high minors – the Rainiers (Triple-A) yesterday and the Travelers (Double-A) today – and going down. The reason for this is twofold: First, the MiLB opening day for Triple-A is Tuesday, April 5, like today; all other leagues (except ACL and DSL) open this friday april 8, so like a group of former honor students with seniority, we will gradually lose A’s throughout the week. Second, due to the owners lockout canceling the entire schedule this offseason, we don’t yet have a firm roster of who will be affected at what level. We’ll make our best guesses based on current rosters and general patterns noted by looking at who was assigned where during minor league camp, and update each roster accordingly when we have the correct information.

If you have read the FanPosts, you will have seen that Ian Wiltamuth has made an overview of the list for each level based on certain observations with specific information on each of the players; we won’t go as in-depth on every player as Ian did, so check out his articles. We’ll link to the appropriate one in each preview.

Link to Ian’s list preview

Summary of the 2021 season:

After thumbing our noses at history (The Texas League as we know it started in 1902, but has roots in the late 1880s, making it one of the oldest leagues baseball, second only to our own Northwest League), MLB smartly decided to change the abysmal name “Double-A Central” to the Texas League this year, as it should. Nobody calls him a Double-A Central-er, after all. Who cares that half the teams in this ten-team league are based outside of Texas? When I go to Baskin-Robbins, I don’t demand that they show me all 31 flavors in stock at once, even though the logo says “31” right in there. Either way, 2021 has been a frustrating year for the Travs, who found themselves in third place in their division despite losing just one game more than bitter in-state rivals Northwest Arkansas. Naturals, which is very frustrating because the North Division was much more competitive than the South Division, where the top team in the division had the same record as the Naturals. It’s also frustrating because it’s a league consistently dominated by the Dodgers’ affiliate Tulsa Drillers, who have been a perpetual motion machine of top prospects for the past few years, but Seattle have missed out. the opportunity to crack their affiliate. Over the years, they evolved into some of the game’s top prospects and now face stacked farm systems in Amarillo (ARI), Northwest Arkansas (KC) and Round Rock (TEX). On the bright side, there should be plenty of fun prospect matchups to watch this year.

2022 timetable:

Find the complete schedule of Travs 2022 here. This year, the team will play six-game series, beginning on Tuesdays and ending on Sundays, with the exception of the opening series in Frisco (three games). Mondays are holidays and the Texas League All-Star Break will last from Monday, July 18 through Thursday, July 21. The regular season ends at home on October 18 against Corpus Christi (HOU).

Coaching Staff 2022:

We’ve covered Arkansas’ coaching staff, including a promotion for hometown favorite Shawn O’Malley, here.

Listing:

You can check the current list of travelers from Arkansas here. This is the lineup we have/are best able to predict, although things are complicated this year by the fact that spring training will continue due to owner lockdown pushing back the timeline, while the minor leagues will open on time. an asterisk

indicates a player on the list of 40 players.

Infielders:

Jose Caballero, Patrick Frick, Kaden Polcovich, Joe Rizzo, Jack Scheiner, David Sheaffer, Connor Hoover Woowee, that’s a lot of infielders. Caballero is a solid defender in 2B, SS and 3B, although he has spent most of his time in the latter two. He has good speed, is the proud owner of a .816 quarry OPS, although health has not been his friend – he has yet to play more than 70 games in a season, and only played 20 last year. Frick was the Mariners’ 2019 14th-round draft pick at Wake Forest. He impressed in his first 60 games as a Mariner, hitting .302 his first summer. The light utility outfielder will continue his career in Arkansas, as he was called up to join the Travs last summer after lighting up Everett for the first half of the year. Polcovich joins Arkansas after a rough first stint in the natural state following his own promotion from Everett in 2021, his first full professional season. The second baseman was drafted in the third round in 2020 from Oklahoma State. If it seems that Rizzo has been around forever, it’s because… well, it did. Drafted in 2016 out of high school, this will be his sixth season with the organization. At one point, Rizzo was considered one of the organization’s top prospects: In 2018, MLB Pipeline had the third baseman as the sixth-best prospect for the Ms. He was slowed by a bat that went develops more slowly in the upper minors and was pushed back from a constant third base assignment to the first/DH roles. Scheiner, acquired from the Phillies organization in exchange for Jay Bruce, spends a lot of time smashing baseballs in daylight. His lowest ISO for a season so far is 0.174, and last year he ran an ISO north of 0.205. So you can probably guess if his K% is north or south of 30% (answer: it’s north – the guy hits a lot). He impressed in spring training this year, earning that nice little description of Zach for his monstrous home run against the Brewers last week. Sheaffer, signed as an undrafted free agent in 2018, has been a true traveler, if you will, over the past two seasons. In 2019, he spent time in West Virginia, Modesto, Arkansas, and Tacoma; last year he played in Everett, Arkansas and Tacoma. He’s a catcher by trade, but he moved around a bit in spring training this year and had a few innings at first base last season. Speaking of, Vacuum

is our first and only true first baseman in the group, despite having played all over the field. He is a fellow ball batsman and owns a .197 ISO quarry. Strikeouts were a problem last season – if he is to take the next step in his career, reducing the number of strikeouts will be essential.

Voltigeurs:

Zach DeLoach, Jack Larsen, Cade Marlowe, Tanner Kirwer If you notice that the infield group is quite heavy and this group, which includesKirwer who might end up assigned to Tacoma — pretty light, well, blame it on the Mariners’ love of positional versatility and also their equally consistent love of college pitching. DeLoach is theoretically the star of this group, but after planting face level last year (to be fair, after aggressive promotion after just 58 pro ball games in Everett) and planting face stronger in the League of Arizona’s fall, a nice slow game might be what’s in store for him. Don’t need so much slow play:Feedback , who is another level repeater in his second partial year at Double-A at the ripe old age of 27. Larsen has great power but also big strikeouts; to move to Tacoma, he’ll have to show that the improvements he made in home plate discipline that ultimately kicked him out of the California League last year are here to stay. The unannounced Marlowe

had a breakout season followed by a strong performance in the same Fall League that gave DeLoach fits; that sort of thing tends to portend success at the Double-A level, and Marlowe might be the fastest of the bunch.

Seekers:

Jake Anchia, David Sheaffer, Matt Scheffler

It won’t come as a shock to tell you that this crew of catchers are more renowned for their defensive abilities than offensive, though they all have some sneaky power, especially Anchía, the most feast or famine of the three.

Starting pitchers:

George Kirby, Emerson Hancock, Levi Stoudt, Juan Then*, Adam HillKirby, Stoudt and Hancock will all be looking to increase their innings – all have been slowed by a combination of health, organizational caution and the pandemic – and while Kirby has the inside track on a job in Seattle, Stoudt shouldn’t be too far behind, nor Hancock, once he is finally healthy, behind it.hill

, acquired in trade from Omar Narváez, played just five games in Everett before being moved to a tougher challenge at Double-A last season; as he repeats the level, he’ll look to continue missing bats at an impressive rate while limiting steps and hard contacts. Nick wrote the only 40-man member of this band, Juan Then, for you here. The second extra round of 2019, Isaiah Campbell, will likely join this group sooner rather than later.

Lifters:

Dayeison Arias, Devin Sweet, Travis Ray Kuhn, Michael Stryffeler, Collin Kober, Jake Haberer, David Ellingson, Bryan Pall

If relievers are fungible, older relievers recently released from a season wiped out by COVID are perhaps the most fungible. Most of these guys are set to repeat full or partial Double-A seasons, with the exception of Kuhn; the Mariners sent the UCSD product to the Fall League this year as he now pumps from the mid to upper 90s to partner with a badass slider. There is a booming bottleneck here, however, and Tacoma remains light on pitchers, so expect to see some of these guys, especially Sweet, sped up towards Tacoma.

List of injured:

Scott Boches

After a promising 2019 under pitching coach Rob Marcello, Boches lost the 2020 season to the pandemic and 2021 to injury. He had some promising stuff before he went down, though, totaling 104 strikeouts in just over 84 innings.

Other names to know:

RHP Connor Jones, RHP Mike Mokma

The Mariners signed Jones after he was released by the Cardinals organization (similar to how they met Ian McKinney) and Mokma after he was released by the Dodgers. Neither have sterling stats but Mokma is 6’7” and was only drafted in 2019 but didn’t kick due to injury then n did not launch in 2020 due to a pandemic. Neither are officially listed on any roster at this time, but reading their MiLB pages and considering the state of the organization, this seems like an appropriate level for either. other.

MLB Pipeline Mariners among the top 30 prospects at this level:

Kirby (3), Hancock (4), Stoudt (7), DeLoach (12), Polcovich (24), Then (25)

MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospects at this level:

Kirby (32), Hancock (82)

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