Neidert, who was drafted by the Mariners in the second round of the 2015 first-year player draft, was one of the team's top pitching prospects and is the biggest name heading to Miami. After tearing through Low-A Clinton and High-A Modesto over the previous two seasons, Neidert struggled upon his promotion to Double-A Arkansas, compiling a 6.56 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 13:5 K:BB across 23.1 innings (six starts). He's still just 21-year-old and projects as a possible mid-to-back end rotation piece.
Neidert was named the California League Pitcher of the Year after going 10-3 with a 2.76 ERA earlier this season with High-A Modesto, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.
Although he's been with Double-A Arkansas since July 19, Neidert was honored for his work with the Nuts earlier in the campaign. He's actually had somewhat of a rough landing since his promotion, compiling a 1-3 record, 6.56 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and .324 BAA over 23.1 innings. Despite the early struggles with the Travelers, Neidert remains one of the organization's top pitching prospects.
Neidert, who was promoted from High-A Modesto to Double-A Arkansas last week, allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks over 5.1 innings in his first start for the Travelers versus Springfield last Saturday. He struck out four.
The 20-year-old is quickly climbing the ranks of the Seattle organization, and earned the promotion after going 10-3 with a 2.76 ERA over 19 starts for the Nuts. Neidert fired 35.1 innings for the Mariners' rookie team in the Arizona Fall League in 2015 before putting together a solid 2016 campaign with Low-A Clinton (7-3 record, 2.57 ERA). The right-hander projects to spend the duration of the 2017 season with Arkansas, and given his rapid ascension thus far, it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility that he'd warrant another move up to begin 2018.
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