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Mike Zunino skyrocketed through Seattle's farm system.
Pre-Spring Training/Post-Trade Deadline Farm System Rankings: 4/9
Prospects to Play for MLB Team in 2013: Carter Capps, Danny Farquhar, Nick Franklin, Brandon Maurer, Yoervis Medina, Brad Miller, Mike Zunino
When the Seattle Mariners configured their 2013 roster, they did so assuming that Jesus Montero and Brendan Ryan would rebound from shaky offensive seasons. In reality, those two lost everyday-player status after their slumps worsened.
Seattle's front office, desperate to give fans some hope to cling to, recalled Franklin and Zunino from Triple-A. The latter has since undergone surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in the hand.
Seattle had homegrown bodies to fill out the pitching staff, but milking solid performances from them hasn't quite gone as planned.
Medina has blossomed into an ace reliever. He leads the M's bullpen in innings pitched, and when accounting for all the intentional walks, we see that his command isn't that much of an issue.
The 25-year-old is surprisingly tough on left-handed batters. Only Justin Morneau has exploited the platoon advantage to take him deep.
Peripheral stats suggest that Capps will be fine. So far this summer, he's been the victim of an extremely unlucky home run rate. Being more precise with his fastball location could be crucial for him moving forward.
Seattle snagged Leon Landry from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Brandon League trade. Considering how poorly League has fared for L.A., the M's should feel content with whatever production they get from the undersized Louisiana native at the plate.
It's just frustrating when a player slashes .341/.371/.584 in a season, then takes a dramatic turn for the worse following a promotion. Landry will almost certainly need to repeat Double-A.
After being selected No. 2 overall in the 2011 amateur draft, Danny Hultzen was fast-tracked to the majors. In fact, he was actually widely expected to be in The Show by now.
Left shoulder soreness is to blame for the delay, as he has had just five starts in Triple-A Tacoma this year.