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Recent names we've seen called up include Dustin Ackley, Mike Carp, Kyle Seager, Anthony Vasquez and Dan Cortes.
Those first three have generated a large hunk of the Mariners offense in the month of August. Not only is it refreshing to see new names, but also to see the new players perform. Mike Carp had a 20-game hitting streak throughout August during which he hit over .350 with four home runs and six doubles.
Ackley and Carp hold the two highest OPS on the team with values of .840 and .823. Adding Seager, they have the top three batting averages on the team (sadly, even above Ichiro). Hopefully, this success will be sustained through next year when these guys are on the Opening Day starting roster.
Vasquez has struggled in his first couple of starts, but luckily, they've served primarily as trials, since the M's are undoubtedly out of contention.
Cortes hasn't been dominant in his short major league tenure, but this is his first look at a higher level of hitting. He left the game with an injury on August 23rd but is expected to return Thursday (September 8th) to the Seattle bullpen.
The aforementioned players, along with acquisitions like Casper Wells and Trayvon Robinson, replaced under-performing players from the 2011 Opening Day roster and should remain in the starting lineup for 2012. Fresh, young talent has arrived.