5 Future All-Stars in the Seattle Mariners' Organization
The Seattle Mariners are in the midst of another disappointing season in most fans' eyes, but the roster is littered with young talent that is sure to bud into something special and create a dominant team in a handful of years or less.
On the bright side of this season, young players are seeing big league action, and another 90-loss season will certainly guarantee a top five selection in next year's draft.
Here are five future All-Stars in the Mariners' organization.
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Although he's powered out just eight long balls this season, Montero possesses raw strength and his numbers will only improve as he gains more experience.
In a few short years he will surely be mentioned among the league's top offensive backstops.
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Second baseman Dustin Ackley is in a bit of a sophomore slump after an impressive first full year in the bigs, currently hitting only .230 compared to last season's .273.
His home run and RBI totals remain on par with last season, which is a good sign in terms of his potential.
Ackley is very versatile and has been featured at second as well as first base this season, so when he becomes an All-Star, it could be at a completely different position on the field.
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Third baseman Kyle Seager has made great strides in 2012, and is the team leader in doubles and RBI thus far.
The American League is overwhelmed with talent at the hot corner, but Seager has a great chance to sneak in as a manager's selection or as a final vote man in a few years as his bat continues to develop.
Seager has also been impressive with the glove, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him walk away with a Gold Glove or two before his career is over.
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Seattle's No. 1 pick a year ago, lefty hurler Danny Hultzen has been on everyone's radar since day one.
In 13 starts at Double-A ball this season, Hultzen compiled an 8-3 record with a 1.19 ERA while averaging 9.44 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
He's just one of several young pitchers that has M's fans buzzing about the bright future in Seattle.
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The 6'4" Canadian outfielder Michael Saunders had never hit better than .221 in a season coming in to 2012, and many, including myself, had all but given up on him.
He's developing all five tools right before everybody's eyes, hitting a career best .253 and is on pace to surpass his career highs in home runs and RBI.
He's showed off his arm on several occasions this season, and is a sure run anytime he's on second and there's a base hit to the outfield.
He still has a couple of years before he hits his prime, and until then it will be very interesting to see how Saunders continues to develop and challenge outfielders around the league.