Aplin was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.
The 26-year-old outfielder cleared waivers after being designated for assignment Friday and will remain with the organization, though he'll no longer retain a spot on the 40-man roster. Aplin has yet to make his major league debut and has hit .250 with two home runs across 141 plate appearances at the Triple-A level this season.
Aplin was designated for assignment Friday.
Aplin was just acquired from Houston in the end of May, but it seems like his so-so performance with Triple-A Tacoma led the Mariners to send him off the 40-man in order to add Tyler Smith and Tyler Cloyd to the big-league pitching staff. Unless he switches organizations yet again, Aplin seems to be nothing more than an organizational depth piece.
Aplin was designated for assignment by the Astros on May 22 to make room on the 40-man roster for pitcher Jordan Jankowski, but the young outfielder caught the Mariners' eye enough to warrant a transaction. Aplin spent the past three seasons with Triple-A Fresno, so he'll likely add organizational outfield depth for Seattle.
Aplin was dropped from the 40-man roster in favor of reliever Jordan Jankowski, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Frenso is a corresponding move. The 26-year-old was in the midst of his third straight season with Fresno and batted .250 with one home run in 105 plate appearances. If Aplin passes through waivers unclaimed, he'll stick around in the organization as outfield depth.
Aplin was optioned to minor league camp Wednesday, Julia Morales of ROOT Sports reports.
He remains on the 40-man roster but it's fair to wonder how much longer that will be the case. Aplin struggled in 12 appearances with the big club this spring, going 1-for-9 with a single and two strikeouts, on the heels of a 2016 campaign in which he slashed just .223/.300/.318 in 116 games in the PCL. The 25-year-old does have some speed and is just 25, but the fact that he was included among this round of roster cuts is telling.
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