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Last but not least, the outfield situation.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is mess with no end in sight as it's been years since the Mariners produced a decent outfielder not named Adam Jones.
Could this year's second-round selection, Austin Wilson, from Stanford University break through?
The scouts at MLB.com list him as the M's highest outfield prospect, No. 9 overall, just weeks after signing with the team.
Yet what's hard to tell at this point is whether that ranking speaks more about Wilson's potential or the Mariners' lack of talent in the outfield within their entire farm system.
In fairness to Wilson, I loved the fact that the M's selected him back in June and believe he has as good a shot as any given his size and raw talent to some day patrol the outfield at Safeco Field. Of course, that will likely take some time to happen as Wilson is currently still getting his feet wet up the road in Everett with the Aqua Sox.
Meanwhile, are there any other prospects worthy of discussion?
In the immediate sense, I'm afraid not.
While I'd like to get excited about Vladimir Guerrerro's nephew Gabriel, who happens to be ranked No. 10 right after Wilson, the fact is he's not much further up the ladder given he's only currently at Single-A Clinton and sadly has yet to display any of his uncle's power at the plate.
For what it's worth, the first player we may see make any impact within the M's outfield is Julio Morban (MLB.com).
Morban, currently at Double-A Jackson, has proven there is life after High Desert by managing to hold his own at the plate and in the field while having a solid season.
Depending on what the Mariners do over the winter, Morban could go to spring training with a puncher's chance of making the final roster. Then again the team could insist on trotting out the usual batch of fossils with the hopes they don't turn to dust before the All-Star break.
Honestly if given a choice between seeing Morban get a shot, find out whether Raul Ibanez can avoid retirement for another year or waiting for Franklin Gutierrez to turn up lame with some fluke ailment once again, I'm rolling the dice on Morban.
It's time for some new blood, as we all need to move on from the ghosts of seasons past and stop recycling.