The Mariners promoted a number of players throughout the minor league organization last week, which is standard for the halfway point of a season.
Both full-season Single-A affiliates — High Desert (Adelanto, Calif.) and Clinton (Iowa) — recently had their All-Star break week. Some players were rewarded for strong performances in the first half.
The left side of the High Desert infield — shortstop Chris Taylor and third baseman Ramon Morla — was bumped up to Double-A Jackson for the second half.
Taylor, 22, is a University of Virginia product who hit .335 in 67 games in the California League. He had seven homers, seven triples, and went 20-for-22 in base stealing attempts. His .950 OPS (on-base plus slugging) is outstanding for a shortstop — but the arid climate of the California League tends to boost those numbers. Double-A should provide a good test for Taylor.
A 22-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, Morla has made a steady climb through the Seattle system. He appeared in 45 games for High Desert, batting .303 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI. A free swinger, power is his calling card. Morla launched a three-run homer in his Double-A debut Wednesday.
The Mariners moved two infielders from short-season Clinton up to High Desert to fill the vacancies.
Third baseman Patrick Kivlehan was the MVP of the Northwest League after being drafted out of Rutgers one year ago. The former Rutgers defensive back hit .283 with three homers and 23 RBI in 60 games for Clinton.
Middle infielder Brock Hebert also moved up to High Desert. The 22-year-old hit .306 with 13 stolen bases for Clinton.
Seattle’s 2013 first-round draft pick D.J. Peterson made his professional debut Wednesday night, going 0-for-3 as the designated hitter for the Everett AquaSox.
The 12th overall pick in the draft, Peterson played mostly third base at the University of New Mexico.
He returned to the lineup as the third baseman Friday night and collected his first professional hits, going 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a walk for the AquaSox.
Peterson belted his first home run Saturday, a three-run blast that provided all of Everett’s scoring in a 3-1 win over the Hillsboro Hops.
THE BASES ARE FULL OF … CHIHUAHUAS?
No matter how it plays out, the new Pacific Coast League franchise in El Paso, Texas is going to have a name that is … unusual.
The Tucson Padres are moving into a new downtown stadium in El Paso for the 2014 season, and that means a rebranding is in order.
The El Paso ownership group is running a “name the team” contest, and they announced the five finalists: Chihuahuas, Buckeroos, Desert Gators, Sun Dogs, and Aardvarks.
At least chihuahuas and aardvarks are real animals.Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.