Gilbert will start Sunday's Cactus League game against the Angels, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
The highly touted prospect will get his chance to face a formidable lineup that should include the likes of Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, which should serve as a good litmus test for where he is in his development. Gilbert's last time on a mound in a live game also came against the Angels on March 10 of last year before spring training was shut down due to COVID-19, and the right-hander projects to get at least a couple more starting opportunities before likely beginning the season at Triple-A Tacoma.
Gilbert won't be cracking the Mariners' Opening Day rotation but will join the team in late April, team president Kevin Mather said in a talk with the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club in early February that was posted to the club's official YouTube channel.
Previous reports suggested that Gilbert would be given a legitimate chance to compete for a roster spot, but Mather seemed to indicate that wasn't the case. The Mariners can deny Gilbert a year of free agency if they keep him in the minors for a few weeks, and it seems as though they'll be prioritizing that over ensuring that they have their best players on the roster on Opening Day.
Gilbert will be given a legitimate chance to compete with Nick Margevicius and Justin Dunn for the No. 6 spot in the starting rotation during spring training, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Gilbert secured a spring training invite back in late January, and the Mariners' decision to deploy a six-man starting rotation to open the season gives him an opportunity to make the jump to the big leagues right from the start of the 2021 campaign. It's a development that arguably would have already occurred a year ago had there been a minor-league season, as the precocious right-hander breezed through three levels of affiliated ball as a first-year pro in 2019. Margevicius and Dunn naturally have the edge in big-league experience on Gilbert, but the 23-year-old had an opportunity to gain some valuable seasoning in the team's alternate training site throughout the duration of the shortened 2020 season.
Gilbert was invited to the Mariners' big-league camp Thursday, Lauren Smith of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Gilbert only has 26 total professional starts to his name, but he's already knocking on the door of the majors. He recorded a 2.13 ERA and a 31.7 percent strikeout rate across three levels in his lone professional season in 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic robbed him of the chance of pushing for a big-league debut with another strong campaign in the upper minors last year. Whether or not Gilbert is given a legitimate shot to win an Opening Day roster spot remains to be seen, but even if he isn't, his debut may not be far away.
Gilbert is the likeliest of the prospects currently working at the alternate training site in Tacoma to receive a promotion before the end of the season, Brent Stecker of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Stecker ranks Gilbert just slightly ahead of Jarred Kelenic in terms of players with a chance to get their first taste of big-league action in 2020, as he feels the the former's college experience and the greater degree of opportunity in the pitching staff works in his favor. The Mariners have recent history that would support the notion of the promising right-hander getting a late-season look, as they handled Justin Dunn in similar fashion at the end of the 2019 campaign by affording him four September starts.
Gilbert started Saturday's intrasquad game and impressed with his pitch arsenal, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Johns reports Gilbert not only flashed his mid-90s fastball during the outing, but his effective array of offspeed pitches as well. The 2018 first-round pick gave up one run over his two innings, getting tagged for an RBI double by 2019 Double-A Arkansas teammate Donovan Walton. However, he did retire the likes of veterans Dee Gordon and Daniel Vogelbach -- the latter on a strikeout -- and enjoyed his first experience pitching at T-Mobile Park, irrespective of the empty stands. "It was kind of a weird situation, but just getting in innings here at T-Mobile at the Major League stadium before you debut, you can't put a price on that. It's really valuable," Gilbert said. "It's not packed with fans, but when I got on the mound, it felt like any other game."
There is "essentially little to no chance" Gilbert reaches the majors this season, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
Gilbert, one of the team's top pitching prospects, likely would have made his MLB debut in 2020 under normal circumstances. However, he has only made nine starts above High-A, so it would be pretty aggressive of the rebuilding Mariners to rush him up in this 60-game campaign. Brock reports that Seattle believes its top prospects will receive the necessary development while training at the satellite camp this summer.
Mariners CEO John Stanton said Wednesday on 710 ESPN Seattle that he expects Gilbert to be on the 30-man taxi squad this year, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Members of the taxi squad are not expected to accumulate major-league service time, so we will likely see Gilbert along with fellow Mariners top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez on the squad. This will be a way to make sure those players are staying fresh and not stagnating while also providing depth to the major-league team. Taxi squad members can work out with the team and will be eligible to be added to the major-league roster as needed. Gilbert reached Double-A last year at the age of 22 and thrived with a 2.88 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 56:15 K:BB in 50 innings at that level.
Gilbert may be a beneficiary of the unique conditions of an abbreviated 2020 season, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The promising 22-year-old impressed in two Cactus League appearances, a pair of starts during which he fired four scoreless innings overall. Gilbert has yet to pitch at the Triple-A level, but with the possibility of expanded rosters and a sharp uptick in doubleheaders during an abbreviated 2020 season, the right-hander and his impressive four-pitch arsenal could serve as valuable reinforcement for the front-line pitching staff.
Gilbert, who fired four scoreless innings across two Cactus League appearances before spring training was suspended, is considered a future ace of the Mariners' staff, Jesse Sanchez and Greg Johns of MLB.com report.
The 22-year-old performed like a seasoned veteran over his pair of Cactus League appearances this spring, an extension of the dominant form he displayed at three different stops during his 2019 minor-league debut. Gilbert was already at Double-A Arkansas by the end of last season, with his overall body of work earning him the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year award. Johns notes the right-hander's mid-90s fastball is complemented by an effective slider, curve and changeup, and that his 6-foot-6 frame leads to an unusually long stride toward the batter's box that makes his power pitch even more effective.
Gilbert started Tuesday's Cactus League win over the Angels on Tuesday and fired two scoreless innings during which he allowed no hits or walks and recorded three strikeouts.
The promising 22-year-old kept his spring ERA perfect with Tuesday's effort, his second two-inning outing in Cactus League play. Making Gilbert's performance Tuesday particularly impressive was who two of his three strikeout victims were. Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports Gilbert mowed down Jo Addell on a sweeping slider and also rang up Shohei Ohtani with a curveball that clocked in at approximately 75 mph. The start may have been Gilbert's last one of spring, but Kramer reports that the impressive right-hander, who won the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year award last season, could be called up to the majors by the middle of the 2020 campaign. "He is getting comfortable, and he knows that it's not going to be long. He's going to help us in Seattle real soon," Mariners manager Scott Servais said.
Gilbert started Thursday's Cactus League split-squad loss to the Giants, firing two scoreless innings during which he allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout.
The Mariners' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2019 was outstanding over his 29-pitch outing, with the only hit he allowed a mere infield single. Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that Gilbert hit the mid-90s with his fastball during his pair of frames and also complemented the power pitches with plenty of offspeed offerings, including a low 80s slider and low 70s curveball. The towering right-hander's four-pitch arsenal was key to his success last season, and after ascending to Double-A Arkansas during his first professional campaign, it wouldn't be out of the question for a rebuilding Seattle squad to call him up at some point during 2020.
Gilbert threw the first big-league bullpen session of his career Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "Logan's obviously got a good arm and good stuff," manager Scott Servais said. "How his body works, he's got big-time extension down the mound. That's what sticks out immediately. There is going to be deception."
The towering right-hander made three stops in the organizational ladder during his first season of professional ball in 2019, finishing the year at Double-Arkansas. Gilbert compiled a 4-2 record, 2.88 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 50 innings with the Travelers, following a pair of sub-2.00 ERA tallies at Low-A West Virginia and High-A Modesto to open the campaign. Gilbert projects to start 2020 back in Arkansas, but given his rapid ascension through the ranks last season and impressive four-pitch arsenal, it would hardly be surprising to see him toeing the rubber for Triple-A Tacoma before too long.
Gilbert reached his innings limit for 2019 and will be shut down rather than pitching in the Texas League playoffs, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Gilbert reached his innings limit of 135 innings after his last start, but the Mariners still planned to let him pitch in the playoffs. He struggled in that start and the subsequent bullpen session, causing the organization go with the original plan. The 22-year-old was promoted to Double-A in mid-July and had a 2.88 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 56:25 K:BB over 50 innings with Arkansas.
Gilbert was promoted from High-A Modesto to Double-A Arkansas on Monday, Modesto radio broadcaster Keaton Gillogly reports.
Gilbert will be joined in Arkansas by two of the Mariners' other more highly regarded prospects in right-hander Ljay Newsome and catcher Cal Raleigh. The 22-year-old Gilbert, who began the season in the South Atlantic League before making the jump to High-A, turned in a 1.73 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over his 12 starts with Modesto.
Gilbert was promoted from Low-A West Virginia to High-A Modesto on Wednesday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Gilbert, the 14th overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft, earned the promotion after dominating at Low-A, posting a 1.83 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 30:5 K:BB through four starts (19.2 innings) with West Virginia. The soon-to-be 22-year-old will look to keep things rolling as he faces a tougher challenge with Modesto.
Gilbert (illness) is starting for Low-A West Virginia on Thursday, Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider reports.
Gilbert will get the ball on Opening Day for the Power. The 21-year-old was drafted by the Mariners with the 14th pick in the 2018 first-year plater draft, though an illness kept him from making his professional debut until this season.
Gilbert, the 14th overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft, has been shut down for the remainder of the season due to a bout of mononucleosis, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
The Mariners' top pick wasn't slated to see much action after putting in a heavy workload for Stetson University, but a mononucleosis diagnosis shortly after arriving in Low-A Everett has ended his campaign before it ever got started. General manager Jerry Dipoto relayed that Gilbert is recovering in Orlando after spending time in the hospital, and that he expects the 21-year-old to be ready to go for the organization's high-performance camp in September.
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