The Seattle Mariners currently own the second youngest team in baseball, which means their prospects are the core of the team not only for the future, but this season as well. The nucleus of the ball club consists of players in their mid-20s, but got a little older this offseason with the acquisitions of veterans Jason Bay, Raúl Ibañez, Kendrys Morales and Mike Morse. Needless to say, Spring Training will be a vital time for young players to step up and make the majors.
The Mariners have a highly revered farm system, highlighted of course by their big five; James Paxton, Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin, Mike Zunino and Danny Hultzen. But according to ESPN's Keith Law, "the gap between No. 5 and No. 10 in their system is huge," via thefanatic.net.
That means two things. First, the pressure's on for those big five to make a splash in the majors very soon. Second, the remaining prospects will need to step up in their absence and create their own reputations as soon-to-be-stars.
Here are the prospects with the most to prove this Spring.