Arroyo hit .300/.377/.539 with six homers final month, however his teammate had a monster month within the energy division.
Robert Perez posted a .258/.352/.645 Might with 10 homers and 6 doubles. He’s moved into my High 30, however I nonetheless have questions on his potential to hit.
Regardless of all the ability, Perez struck out 36 instances in 105 plate appearances in Might, and a .258/.352 slash, whereas good, isn’t precisely Julio Rodriguez territory. Add to that Perez is 22 years of age this month in addition to repeating the league and stage, and now we have a red-hot hitter with rather a lot to show, nonetheless.
For the 12 months, nonetheless, Perez is batting .271/.371/.594 with 15 homers and 10 doubles. He’s drawn 24 walks in opposition to 54 strikeouts in 202 plate appearances. He’s at No. 23 in my rankings proper now, however to remain there or transfer up, he’s going to must earn his approach to Excessive-A Everett and carry out there, too. In an effort to get there anytime quickly, I think about the Mariners will need to see extra constant contact than he’s proven the previous 5 weeks.
However Perez’s efficiency isn’t merely the identical athlete with the identical swing discovering a sizzling streak. There are causes to stay interested by how actual it is perhaps. He’s added power to his decrease half, is much less rotational, and his swing is extra highly effective than in earlier seasons.
He’s at all times had some bat-to-ball abilities, however has discovered to create backspin, and the bare eye tells me he’s protecting the interior half of the plate considerably higher than ever earlier than. I imply, go watch just a few video games and also you’ll possible see him yank a few lengthy balls to left discipline with big-time authority.
Joseph Hernandez, RHP — Modesto (A)
The soon-to-be 22-year-old has been excellent this season for the Nuts in 9 video games, eight begins, protecting 45.1 innings. He’s allowed simply 32 hits (.204 BAA), has punched out 54 batters and walked 17.
Hernandez is a three-pitch arm, sitting 91-94 mph with the fastball and commanding a slider that flashes plus. He additionally instructions a median changeup.
What makes Hernandez robust to hit is his consistency management with stuff that strikes from a low three-quarter arm slot. The heater has late life and may induce just a few whiffs up within the zone. However he pitches backward rather a lot, throwing his slider for strikes early in counts and both going upstairs with the fastball in favorable counts or sweeping the slider off the plate versus right-handed batters.
Hernandez’s professional observe file is shallow, and he hadn’t began a sport in affiliated ball till this season, however he was signed as a 5-foot-11, 150-pound athlete with 35 management and good arm pace. He’s throwing much more strikes this season, although 17 walks in 45.1 innings is just too many.
His listed measurement cant be proper, both. He’s nonetheless proven at 5-11, 150, however might be at the very least 6-1 and 175, however whereas his measurement stays removed from prototypical, I’m extra interested by whether or not or not his arm motion permits for one more step or two by way of management and command. His arm break pretty late from his glove, however he rushes his arm via its path throughout his high-effort supply.
Hernandez has a shot to start out contemplating his potential to throw strikes with three pitches, however long-term is extra prone to present up within the large leagues in a aid function, the place sturdiness and management aren’t magnified. However he’s loads of enjoyable to look at, hides the ball fairly effectively because of the arm motion, and exhibits some savvy by various the pace on the slider.
Hernandez was truly higher in April in 4 begins than his 5 outings in Might, however he’s constructing a little bit of an in-season resumé in Might — or resuMay, if you’ll (bows), and has earned point out right here, with out query.
Taylor Dollard, RHP — Arkansas (AA)
Dollard has been terrific all 12 months, incessantly pounding the strike zone with all three pitches (seven walks in 36.1 innings), and he’s lastly stretched out sufficient to go deep in video games — and he has.
After beginning the season with three brief, pitch-limited outings, Dollard has gone seven or extra in back-to-back begins, and leads the Texas League in ERA. He’s third in BB/9 and fourth in floor ball charge (46.8%).
Dollard is a command-and-feel righty with a fastball residing within the low-90s and touching 94-95 occasionally. There’s glove aspect sink and arm aspect run, and he instructions the pitch effectively to each side. His slider and curveball are each common pitches, and repeats his supply. As a starter, Dollard tasks to the again of a big-league rotation.
I believe he’s a really intriguing candidate to flip to the bullpen, inject extra effort into the supply and see how a lot the stuff performs up because of this. He’s a great athlete and in addition has a curveball someplace deep in his repertoire, however except he’s going so as to add extra velocity there’s not sufficient upside for me to let him rot as a No. 5. And there’s an excessive amount of potential to waste.
Dollard gave up his first 5 runs of the season in 28.1 frames final month, however nonetheless has but to yield a house run.
Bryce Miller, RHP — Everett (A+)
Miller has gone at the very least 5 innings in all eight begins this season, and walked simply 5 of 108 batters confronted in Might. Seattle has him throwing 80-90 pitches per begin, although he did get to 100 April 16, so he’s settled in after throwing simply 9.1 innings final summer time following the draft.
He’s sometimes 92-95 mph, however has touched 97, and his slider and changeup each are weapons he can miss bats with in a given outing. His 6.3% stroll charge is essential right here, as is the constant performances which have included command and constant utilization of his complete arsenal.
His work versus left-handed batters is spectacular, too: .217/.305/.289, 23% Okay.
Whereas there’s no query his workload shall be considerably restricted this season, I don’t consider he’s going to must be shut down to ensure that Seattle to handle his innings. He threw 66 innings whole final season between faculty and the minors, and enters June at simply 43.1 for the 12 months.
For comparability, Logan Gilbert, after not pitching in any respect in 2020 and getting solely the exercise website classes, went to 124.1 final season. Granted, all pitchers are completely different and Gilbert is greater than Miller, it suggests clear deliveries and begins with out loads of disturbing pitches go a good distance.
I count on Miller to see Double-A Arkansas for at the very least the ultimate six weeks of 2022, however it could not shock if he will get there in June. He’s been excellent and really constant within the Northwest League, and if the membership waits too lengthy he’ll run out of innings.
NOTES: RHP Michael Morales tasks to have three above-average secondaries. He’s low-90s now, touching 93-94, and will find yourself sitting 93-95 mph, scraping 96. Nonetheless loads of improvement left, together with shoring up some supply stuff so he can repeat and throw extra trikes, however the pitchability is off the charts. Morales, a part of the membership’s 2021 draft class, is amongst many exhibiting loads this season from a scouting and projection standpoint (regardless of some uneven outcomes, together with his closing begin of Might on Tuesday). Arroyo (2nd spherical), and Miller (4th spherical) have starred this season, too, however they’re not alone. Righty Andrew Moore (14th spherical) is the No. 2 aid prospect within the system with large velocity nearing triple digits with motion, and a nasty breaking ball. William Fleming (11th spherical) appears to be like like a big-league arm, too, although maybe extra as a reliever than the beginning function he’s serving in proper now. Each Moore and Fleming most likely see Everett this season. Jordan Jackson (10th spherical) has flashed a bit, too…
Victor Labrada fell off my High 30 over the winter as a 22-year-old who swung and missed an excessive amount of and didn’t hit after a promotion to Everett. He began poorly on the plate with the AquaSox this season, too, however after a fast cease in Modesto the place he went 9-for-22, the left-handed batter is hitting .291/.361/.382 in 15 video games again with Everett. He’s nonetheless hanging out an excessive amount of (16 instances in 61 PAs, 26%) contemplating he’s a contact hitter with pace and has no likelihood to hit for significant energy, however that is progress for the speedy centerfielder…
Simply as I typed the earlier sentence about Labrada, Arroyo sliced a liner to left for a base hit and he’s now my favourite Mariners prospect…
Infielder Donovan Walton is enjoying within the bigs for the San Francisco Giants proper now, suggesting San Francisco maybe valued Walton greater than Seattle might. The important thing right here is the Mariners received worth in return within the type of right-hander Prelander Berroa (No. 18). In his three begins for Everett, the 22-year-old has been up and down a bit, however has fanned 16 of the final 36 batters he’s confronted, together with 9 in 5 frames versus Spokane Might 26, a sport by which he allowed only one hit and one stroll. Berroa is a legit prospect with mid-90s warmth and a slider that flashes…
The Arizona Advanced League (and Dominican Summer season League) will get beneath approach subsequent week — June 6, to be precise. Among the many names to maintain an eye fixed out for in Peoria: OF Gabriel Gonzalez (No. 8), LHP Juan Pinto (No. 16), OF George Feliz (No. 19), and IFs Michael Arroyo (No. 20), and Starlin Aguilar (No. 26). I’ma lso looking out for CF Luis Bolivar (No. 28), the quickest runner within the system, SS Martin Gonzalez (No. 32), and 2B Edryn Rodriguez (No. 33).
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