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Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Seattle Mariners:

Hey, Nanni Nanni…still no sight.

1. Mike Zunino, c
2. Taijuan Walker, rhp
3. Danny Hultzen, lhp
4. James Paxton, lhp
5. Nick Franklin, ss/2b
6. Brandon Maurer, rhp
7. Carter Capps, rhp
8. Stefen Romero, 2b
9. Brad Miller, ss
10. Victor Sanchez, rhp

Hope is on the horizon, as the Mariners have one of the best farm systems in baseball. Seattle has top-tier talent, most notably an outstanding group of pitching prospects, along with depth and balance. Scouting director Tom McNamara and his staff have restocked the system in a short time, identifying quality players with their top picks—Ackley, righthander Taijuan Walker, lefty Danny Hultzen and catcher Mike Zunino—and finding value in the later rounds.

Jackson led the Double-A Southern League with a 3.37 ERA with a staff that featured all of the organization’s top pitching prospects at some point. Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor contributed to the big league bullpen by the end of the season, while starters Walker, Hultzen, James Paxton and Brandon Maurer could arrive in 2013 after some Triple-A time.

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2012 at 06:13 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bug Selig Posted: December 06, 2012 at 06:40 AM (#4318403)
Jackson led the Double-A Southern League with a 3.37 ERA with a staff that featured all of the organization’s top pitching prospects at some point.


Hey - that's great news about Jackson! Um, there's no Jackson on the list.
   2. philly Posted: December 06, 2012 at 06:55 AM (#4318404)
Jackson is the town where the AA affiliate plays. That's the team ERA of 3.37 which lead the league. It's a team, depth achievement because all of the prospects played there, not an individual one.
   3. Derb Posted: December 06, 2012 at 08:24 AM (#4318426)
Lol, yes, Jackson, TN. I knew that, but it threw even me off. I really should make the 1 1/2 hour drive there sometime this summer to check them out. Lot of good prospects heading through there.

Edit: Make that 2 hour drive. Still, I should make it.
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 06, 2012 at 08:30 AM (#4318427)
I thought the same thing as D-SM.
   5. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: December 06, 2012 at 10:46 AM (#4318565)
The ex-gf who most memorably tore out my heart & stomped that sucker flat lived outside of & went to school in Jackson, I think. And I also think it's the place where (before she & I got together) I left my wallet in a convenience store restroom while riding from Little Rock to Nashville to see Yo La Tengo with Lampchop opening, circa 2000. Got the wallet back -- luckily, I somehow still had the receipt for whatever coke &/or snack I bought there & was able to call them from the hotel after I put 2 + 2 together -- albeit minus the $200 or so I'd been carrying. Had to borrow a fiver from my driver (hey, that rhymes!) so I could afford the Fur Bible 12" at Great Escapes, embarrassingly enough.

In short, my impression of Jackson is not overwhelmingly positive.

   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 06, 2012 at 11:17 AM (#4318620)
Jackson is the town where the AA affiliate plays. That's the team ERA of 3.37 which lead the league. It's a team, depth achievement because all of the prospects played there, not an individual one.

Is that really a relevent gauge of anything? I mean, if they had a few non-prospects stink up the joint and blow the team ERA to 4.00, that really wouldn't say anything about the guys who have a chance at the bigs.
   7. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: December 06, 2012 at 12:25 PM (#4318729)
if they had a few non-prospects stink up the joint and blow the team ERA to 4.00, that really wouldn't say anything about the guys who have a chance at the bigs.

ironically, it was #2 on the list, walker, who actually stunk up the joint with a 4.69 ERA in 127 ip...
   8. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: December 06, 2012 at 12:45 PM (#4318753)
"West Tenn" changed its name to "Jackson"? That's confusing. I would not have guessed the "Jackson" team in the Southern League could be somewhere other than Mississippi.
   9. Bug Selig Posted: December 06, 2012 at 12:46 PM (#4318755)
Thank you, Edmundo. I feel like a maroon:-)

And thanks to those of you who corrected me as well.

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