Logan Morrison, OF/DH: After being traded from the Marlins in December, Morrison will be expected to produce a lot more than last year, as he will try to fill the void left by Ibanez in the outfield. He'll be a full-time starter, whether at DH or in left field, so the .242 batting average, six home runs and 36 RBI he had with Miami will need to increase.
Michael Saunders, OF: Along with Morrison, Saunders is the other sure-fire starter in the outfield. He had a .236 average last year, one of the lowest among this year’s projected starters. If he wants to help Morrison make Mariner fans feel like Ibanez never left, his offensive production will also need to see a sizable increase.
Mike Zunino, C: At a position that saw seven different starters over the course of the 2013 season, Zunino will hopefully provide some defensive stability. As for the offensive side of the ball, expectations are low. His five home runs, 14 RBI, .214 average and sub-.300 OBP last year left fans with much to be desired. Hopefully, Zunino can fulfill those desires this season.
Justin Smoak, 1B/DH: Smoak could be a serious X-factor for the Mariners, as he’ll most likely bat in the 5- or 6-slot and has serious power potential. If Smoak can somehow get his average to around .270 or above (from .238 last year), it would be a pleasant surprise for a Mariners team whose best hitter (Morales)—in terms of batting average—only hit .277.