During the offseason, Seattle Mariners coach Eric Wedge and GM Jack Zduriencik made strides toward improving the woeful offensive production fans had to slog through in 2011. And after seven games, there seems to be signs that their retooling may indeed pay dividends. Chone Figgins is at last playing to his potential, Jesus Montero is showing promise and Kyle Seager is having what may turn out to be a breakout year.
With that being said, it is clear that this year's team will finish no better than third in a very tough AL West division.
Hopefully though. the Mariners will be able to use 2012 as a springboard to greater success in 2013 and beyond. That, of course, depends on what is happening on the farm.
Well, that's where the excitement begins.
All of the seals have been checked and the gauges calibrated, and as it turns out, the Mariners' pipeline is in very good condition. The farm system is deep—really deep, especially in terms of pitching, but also with the promise of future offensive production.
With that in mind, here are five prospects in the Mariners' farm system that you may not know of.