The AFL isn’t what it was once; the time is usually used to get reps for gamers which were out as a result of damage, or to problem gamers of considerably superior ages versus higher competitors.
Listed here are the Mariners’ 9, my org rating for every participant, and a few ideas on their project.
No. 13 Bryan Woo, RHP
Woo was the membership’s Sixth-round choose in 2021, however didn’t debut till this summer time as a result of UCL surgical procedure. He entered professional ball with a prevailing projection to the bullpen, however has proven some starter traits in his 16 begins, together with fringe-average management and three pitches.
Woo’s fastball has sat 93-95 mph, touching 97 with a below-average slider with some projection and a changeup that has flashed common. What scouts like most about Woo is his athleticism and the prospect his command and management land above common.
He’s 22 and has proven a really feel for working the zone. The ground here’s a high-leverage multi-inning reliever with 3 ways to get outs.
No. 19 Adam Macko, LHP
Macko has been on the radar for a couple of years, and damage has robbed him of lots of time (knee in 2022). Once I noticed him in Everett he was 89-92 mph with a crazy curveball and below-average… all the pieces, however he’s been as much as 96 in a beginning function and there’s hop on the fastball and an opportunity at two common or higher breaking balls, led by a curveball that has flashed plus.
He’ll should discover a technique to throw much more strikes and sooner or later has to construct a wholesome monitor document, however he gained’t be 22 till this winter.
The autumn league could possibly be a spot for Macko to find out how his stuff performs versus extra skilled hitters, an excellent litmus check heading into a extremely huge 12 months for him as a possible future main leaguers. After well being, there are reliever concerns right here for a multitiude of causes.
No. 20 Robert Perez Jr., 1B
Perez, 22, lastly did one thing I’ve been eager to see for a couple of seasons now: get to Excessive-A and rake.
He first confirmed up on the radar again in 2019 when, as a 19-year-old, confirmed some maturity and hitting really feel when he crammed in for Triple-A Tacoma and was unfazed by his lack of expertise (.250/.304/.469).
However since then he’d stalled in short-season and low-A ball — hitting, however not precisely mashing, till he stepped it up this season.
After a .270/.369/.501, 20 HR efficiency in 92 video games repeating his time in Modesto, Perez has hit .342/.477/.583 with the AquaSox in 35 video games. He’s truly improved his stroll and strikeout charges, and his swing changes previous to the season have helped him maintain energy and make contact with.
Perez is a legit prospect, although his future function is unclear; he’s not an important athlete and has not fared effectively within the outfield, so he’s been manning first base nearly solely as a professional, placing tons of stress on his offensive profile.
Nonetheless, hes finished what was requested of him, and what I needed to see earlier than taking him significantly as a prospect, very equally to the way in which Cade Marlowe has finished this season.
No. 23 Alberto Rodriguez, OF
I’m most likely low-man on Rodriguez… I simply don’t see an actual shot at an on a regular basis man, and he’s not the type of full participant that typically makes for an optimum bench participant.
He’s a below-average defender, although he does throw effectively, and he possesses above-average bat velocity. He’ll draw sufficient walks, however as he’s tried to create extra leverage he’s sacrificed a bit contact, and the ability hasn’t proven up a lot since he slugged .484 in 93 video games in Modesto final season.
He’ll be 22 in a couple of weeks, suggesting 2023 is a giant 12 months for him. If he can hit his technique to Double-A — or earn his approach there to start out 2023 — and hit there, I’ll have some confidence he could have big-league chops. Nevertheless it’s all in regards to the bat.
No. 40 Juan Then, RHP
Then missed most of 2022, however returned in August and is throwing 93-97 mph with a various slider that misses bats.
It’s reliever-only at this level for Then, however his project within the AFL is fascinating as a result of e’s on the membership’s 40-man roster but could not have a lot of an opportunity to see the majors in 2023, suggesting the membership could possibly be showcasing him for a commerce over the winter.
No. 67 Jorge Benitez, LHP
Benitez is a bullpen lefty with practical stuff, however has added a little bit of velocity from his beginning days. He will get outs with deceptions and motion, however there’s fastball worth, serving to him arrange a mean curveball and occasional fringe-average changeup.
He’s been superb versus left-handed batters, however struggles to handle versus righties, a problem he’ll meet within the AFL.
No. 73 Spencer Packard, OF
Packard’s efficiency warrants extra consideration, however I’ve stayed off him as a result of h’s 24 — 25 in three weeks — and hasn’t dominated in both cease in full-season ball. There’s a advantageous line between being good, and being a prospect when the age and degree match up that approach.
Having stated that, Packard makes contact, walks, and. has energy that initiatives to above common. He’s most likely a 40-grade nook outfielder or first baseman, nonetheless, therefore his low rating regardless of the numbers.
No. 84 Ty Adcock, RHP
Adcock was a 2019 draftee out of Elon, a faculty the Mariners are very aware of — they’ve drafted a handful of their gamers, together with George Kirby, and the Double-A pitching coach, Sean McGrath, was the varsity’s pitching coach in 2018 and 2019.
Adcock ws as much as 98 mph in faculty, however had elbow surgical procedure and had quite a few setbacks throughout his return path. He’s made eight appearances in 2022 with combined outcomes, however the arm power is obvious.
Previous to the surgical procedure, scouts believed in aid Adcock might find yourself sitting 97-100 mph. He has a methods to go to get there, however his fastball-slider combo has helped him miss bats int he early levels of his professional profession. He’s within the AFL to maintain constructing again that arm power and the texture for his stuff.
Adcock might begin subsequent season as excessive as Arkansas.
NR Jose Caballero, IF
Caballero was acquired within the commerce that despatched right-hander Mike Leake to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s the textbook definition of an org participant, which means he’s probably not a prospect.
His power seems to be strike zone judgment — a profession .386 OBP — however he’s performed simply 225 video games since he was the D-Backs’ Seventh-round choose in 2017. He does run pretty effectively — above-average velocity with some capability to learn pitchers and steals some bases, has the defensive chops to deal with second and third, and has dabbled within the outfield the place he has the ft to make it work.
Jason A. Churchill
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