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Mariners' Carlos Gonzalez: Cut by Seattle
The Mariners released Gonzalez on Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The likelihood of MLB implementing extra roster spots for teams when the season resumes may have providing a slight boost to Gonzalez's chances of earning a spot with the Mariners, but the 34-year-old never looked to be a good fit on a rebuilding squad. Now released from his third team in just over a year, Gonzalez's time as a big-league player could be over.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Cal Raleigh: Could be practice squad candidate
Raleigh, who is considered the organization's top catcher prospect, could be a candidate for the practice squad each team may be allowed to keep during an abbreviated 2020 season, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
Raleigh reached Double-A Arkansas for the first time in 2019, slashing .228/.296/.414 across 159 plate appearances over 39 games with the Travelers. Those numbers, as well Raleigh's .188 average (3-for-16) before Cactus League play was paused, both support the notion he'd be best served putting in at least a partial season back at the Double-A level this year, but that isn't likely to be a possibility. Therefore, Brock reasons the next best option to keep Raleigh's development going in some form is to keep him in proximity to the big-league club, which, among other benefits, would give the young catcher a chance to learn from veteran Tom Murphy.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Joey Gerber: Should make big-league roster
Gerber had already pitched his way onto the big-league roster before spring training was suspended and should therefore be a lock for a bullpen spot if the 2020 season takes place, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
The 23-year-old right-hander starred at Double-A Arkansas last season, posting a 1.59 ERA and 30:7 K:BB across 22.1 innings over 19 appearances. Gerber followed it up with an equally impressive body of work during Cactus League play, as he produced a 7:1 K:BB across the five scoreless innings encompassing his five appearances. The 2018 eighth-round pick boasts excellent control and plenty of swing-and-miss stuff, so he could be a factor in the late innings during a season where relievers may play a more voluminous role than usual.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Yoshihisa Hirano: Participates in Peoria workout
Hirano was present for the re-start of workouts at the Mariners' spring facility in Peoria, Arizona on Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The 36-year-old right-hander joined several of his teammates for informal workouts that were conducted in groups no larger than three. Hirano was able to engage in his throwing program under staff supervision, and he and his fellow hurlers should soon have access to bullpen mounds at the facility. The veteran only got five innings of Cactus League work in before spring training was suspended, but he put together impressive performances in both Japan and his 2018 MLB debut campaign with the Diamondbacks before scuffling some last season on the way to a 4.75 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Gerson Bautista: Attends Peoria workout
Bautista was one of several players present for the re-start of workouts Tuesday at the Mariners' spring facility in Peoria, Arizona, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Bautista was seemingly on his way to claiming a bullpen spot at the time spring training was suspended, so it's encouraging he took advantage of the first opportunity in over two months to attend some team-facilitated workouts. Players were only allowed to work in groups of three Tuesday, and Bautista and his fellow pitchers were able to engage in their throwing programs under staff supervision. The hard-throwing right-hander should eventually gain access to a bullpen mound as well while waiting to see if there will indeed be an abbreviated 2020 season to prepare for.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Yohan Ramirez: Attends re-start of workouts
Ramirez was one of several players present for the re-start of workouts at the Mariners' spring facility in Peoria, Arizona on Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old right-hander was able to play catch and get some cardio work in under staff supervision, and he and his fellow pitchers will eventually be able to throw off a bullpen mound. Ramirez was still trying to work out some kinks when spring training was suspended, as he'd pitched to a 12.27 ERA across his four Cactus League appearances. He was still considered to be in contention for a bullpen spot, however, and the expanded rosters expected to be part of any abbreviated 2020 season likely up his chances of sticking with the Mariners.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Taijuan Walker: Present for restart of workouts
Walker was one of several Mariners present at the team's spring complex in Peoria, Arizona on Tuesday for informal workouts, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The Mariners became the latest team to start welcoming players back into either their home or spring facilities Tuesday, allowing them to work out in groups of three for two-hour windows. Walker was able to play catch and run under staff supervision, and johns notes the team has instructed to players to keep their volume and intensity at a "winter workout level" for the time being until there is more clarity on a possible 2020 season. Before spring training was suspended, the veteran right-hander had built up some momentum for what was to be a comeback season of sorts, displaying good velocity and also flashing a new spiked curve that was good enough to strike out the Brewers' Christian Yelich in Walker's one spring start.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Jose Marmolejos: Hitting regularly during shutdown
Marmolejos has been able to hit regularly at a facility in the Arizona area with several teammates while spring training has been suspended, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
The non-roster invitee had been making a push for a roster spot before Cactus League play was paused, and the fact he's been able to continue honing his swing during the shutdown certainly helps his cause. So, too, does the high likelihood of expanded rosters and a practice squad each team is expected to be afforded for an abbreviated 2020 season, a development that would save manager Scott Servais the trouble of having to make a decision between the promising Tim Lopes or Marmolejos, for example. Given that Marmolejos has remained in the Arizona area, he should also be a participant in the informal workouts the Mariners will begin hosting at their re-opened Peoria spring training complex early this week.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Tim Lopes: Has been hitting regularly
Lopes has been able to hit regularly at a facility while spring training has been suspended, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
It's fortunate Lopes has been able to continue working on his swing regularly, as he was previously designated by hitting coach Tim Laker as one of the players that had impressed him most in camp when spring training was suspended. The 25-year-old should have a chance to step up his regimen further beginning this week, considering the Mariners will be reopening their Peoria spring complex for limited workouts.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi: Should have access to facility
Kikuchi, who has remained in the Arizona area while spring training has been suspended, should be one of the players that begins participating in informal workouts at the team's Peoria facility this week, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
With MLB teams now allowed to grant restricted access to their spring training or home facilities in accordance with local guidelines, the Mariners will begin hosting staggered groups of players for informal workouts early this week. Given his proximity to the Peoria complex, Kikuchi is fully expected to be one of those participating moving forward. The southpaw, readying for his second season stateside after a successful career in Japan, was thought to be making impressive progress with both his velocity and command before Cactus League play was paused. Having access to certain amenities and equipment at the spring facility should allow Kikuchi to start getting back on track after he was forced to work out in more limited fashion in recent weeks.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' J.P. Crawford: Likely workout participant
Crawford, who has remained in the Arizona area while spring training has been suspended, is likely to be present for the informal workouts the Mariners will allow players to conduct at their Peoria complex beginning this week, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The team's spring training facility is set to open either Monday or Tuesday for voluntary workouts, making the Mariners one of many teams around MLB that will be granting limited access to players in coming days. Crawford has been working out on his own in the area, but having access to at least certain parts of the facility will allow him to presumably ramp up baseball-specific activities with the proper equipment.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Kyle Lewis: Likely participant in upcoming workouts
Lewis, who has remained in the Arizona area while spring training has been suspended, is likely to be present at the Mariners' spring training facility in Peoria when it reopens with limited access early this week, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The Mariners are among many teams that will begin welcoming staggered groups of players back over the next several days for informal workouts at either their home or spring training complexes. Lewis' ongoing presence in the area makes him a natural candidate to join other teammates such as Evan White, Jake Fraley and J.P. Crawford, and with multiple practice fields and workout areas, the Peoria complex should afford the necessary space for proper social distancing procedures to be followed.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Justin Dunn: Access to facility forthcoming
Dunn, who's remained in Arizona while play has been paused, should be one of the players that begins working out at the team's spring training facility next week, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The promising pitcher has had the opportunity to work out regularly with several of his teammates during the shutdown at a facility near the team's complex in Peoria, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. However, with the Mariners being granted permission to reopen their spring facility next week and host small groups of players, Dunn figures to be front and center as far as returning to a regular training routine. With expanded rosters fully expected to be part of any 2020 season that does unfold, the 24-year-old seems very likely to stick with the big-league club.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Jake Fraley: Group workouts likely on tap
Fraley, who has remained in Arizona while play has been suspended, should be one of the players that resumes working out at the Mariners' spring training facility next week, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The Mariners will be allowed to reopen their facility in Peoria beginning either Monday or Tuesday, and small group workouts will be permitted. Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports Fraley has regularly joined several of his teammates for workouts, including batting practice, at a facility near Seattle's spring complex while spring training has been suspended. Given the latest developments, it appears he'll now have a chance to resume his training with full access to all necessary equipment and accessories.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Evan White: Likely to resume group workouts
White, who has remained in Arizona while play has been suspended, should be one of the players that resumes working out at the Mariners' spring training facility next week, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The Mariners will be allowed to reopen their facility in Peoria beginning early next week, and small group workouts will be permitted. Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports White has been one of several players that has been able to regularly work out and hit at a facility near Seattle's spring complex, but it appears he'll now have a chance to resume his training with full access to all necessary equipment and accessories.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Noelvi Marte: Organization enthralled by upside
Marte, who is projected to remain at shortstop for the foreseeable future, is considered one of the organization's brightest prospects, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
Brock notes the 18-year-old Marte is still unsurprisingly growing into his body, now standing closer to 6-foot-2 after being drafted at almost two inches shorter and appearing to have a more chiseled frame in spring training than he did during his time in the Dominican Summer League last year. Marte may be robbed of a minor-league season this year, but in the event of such, he could potentially continue to get baseball-related work as part of developmental games each team might organize for some of its top prospects.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Julio Rodriguez: Unlikely to be on expanded roster
Rodriguez isn't likely to make his big-league debut during the coming season even if rosters are expanded as currently proposed, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
The 19-year-old decimated pitching at his first two professional stops in 2019, but he's yet to play above the High-A level. His overall lack of experience simply renders him insufficiently prepared to face big-league pitching on an everyday basis, and neither the extra roster spots that should be at manager Scott Servais' disposal nor a potential cancellation of the minor-league season are expected to change the strategy. However, if the latter circumstance does come to pass, it's certainly conceivable Rodriguez is part of a possible 20-man taxi squad that will ostensibly be made up of an organization's top prospects from various levels of the minors.... See More ... See Less
Mariners' Jarred Kelenic: Unlikely to make '20 debut
Kelenic is unlikely to see his first major-league action this season despite the likelihood of expanded rosters, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
It appears increasingly likely that if the 2020 regular season is played in some form, it will include significantly expanded rosters. However, Kelenic, who's yet to play at the Triple-A level, isn't ready to face big-league pitching, although Brock notes that may not have been the case had the 20-year-old been afforded the chance to play a full minor-league season before potentially receiving a September promotion. Another factor that would likely discourage the organization from pushing Kelenic into a 2020 debut is the fact it would allow him to start accumulating service time in a season where there will be considerably fewer games than usual and in which the Mariners are unlikely to compete.... See More ... See Less
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