Seattle Mariners: 5 Mariners Prospects That Have Become Huge Busts

Micah Chen@thechensterAnalyst IIIApril 20, 2012

Seattle Mariners: 5 Mariners Prospects That Have Become Huge Busts

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    Before Jesus Montero, Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley, as well as others who have come up to the Mariners, there was a generation of Mariners that were also given a chance to secure an everyday spot with the Mariners.

    That generation of players has gone from a bunch of wide-eyed rookies, to a bunch of 4A mid-20 somethings. 

    Some of these players you may remember, some of them you may not.  And who knows?  Maybe one of them will come out of nowhere and become a star in the near future. 

    But with everyday that passes, their hopes of becoming an everyday MLB player dwindles.  Here are five players that are either already busts or are on the verge of becoming one.

Matt Tuiasosopo

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    Matt Tuiasosopo is literally a homegrown Seattle Mariner.  Born and raised in Woodinville, Washington, then drafted by the Mariners in the third round of the 2004 MLB draft.

    Right off the bat he was tearing up the minor leagues, working his way all the way up to triple A.  Eventually he got his big opportunity at the major league level.

    And it just never really came together for him.

    Eventually he got into a situation where he was too good for triple A, but not quite ready for the bigs.  Something we like to call a "4A" player. 

    He was picked up by the New York Mets this year, and it's safe to say that the Mariners aren't going to regret anything anytime soon.

Adam Moore

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    Adam Moore is in the same boat as Tuiasosopo.

    He was brought up at about the same time, he did nothing to impress the front office, was sent down to triple A and continued to dominate.  Was brought up again and wasn't able to string hits together.

    Moore is turning 28 in a couple weeks, and things aren't looking up for him.  Not when Miguel Olivo, Jesus Montero and Jon Jaso are ahead of him on the depth chart.

    At least he's doing well in Tacoma.

Wladimir Balentien

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    You probably remember this guy, or at least heard of him.

    To be fair, he's doing really Japan, and there's nothing wrong with that.  It's just not quite what the Mariners were hoping for when they brought him up.

    This guy was projected to be a huge slugger down the road for the Mariners.  He was expected to take the torch from Raul Ibanez and run with it.

    He had a sting in the pros where he played nearly half the year out at left field but he batted a measly .200 and never recovered. 

Jeremy Reed

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    This is another highly-touted outfielder for the Mariners a few years ago, but the injury bug bit him hard and ruined his Mariners career.

    He debuted in 2004, and hit nearly .400 in 58 at bats, everybody thought this guy was the real deal!

    He played pretty much all of the games in the outfield for the Mariners the next year, and was around .250 pretty much the entire season, respectable, but not impressive.

    That was the most playing time he would ever get in a season, he's had stints with the Mets, Blue Jays and Brewers, but he will likely never be an everyday player again.

Jeff Clement

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    Jeff Clement was drafted by the Mariners in the first round of the 2005 MLB draft.  The way the Mariners were hyping him up, everybody was expecting this kid to be the greatest thing at catcher since Dan Wilson.

    Talk about a bust, he only had one season where he got any playing time, and in 66 games he hit .227.  Then just like that the Mariners traded him to Pittsburgh.

    He got another stint at the pro level with Pittsburgh in 2010, where he hit a depressing .201 in 54 games. 

    One of the the biggest draft bust in Mariners history.