In the eyes of many Seattle Mariners fans, Forrest Snow is simply the minor league pitcher with the funny name.
While the name will stay the same, the description might change someday. Tacoma Rainiers pitching coach Jaime Navarro believes Snow will become a major league pitcher.
“He’s going to pitch in the big leagues,” Navarro said. “I don’t know if it’s going to be this organization, or wherever he goes, he’s going to pitch in the big leagues. He has the stuff, he has the height, he has everything to his advantage and he just needs to put it all together.”
The 6-foot-6 right-hander uses a fastball in the low 90s, and complements it with a good change-up and an improved curveball. Snow uses his classic pitcher’s frame to get downward plane on his pitches.
Snow was a 36th-round draft pick out of the University of Washington in 2010. The Seattle native and Lakeside High School graduate reached Triple A quickly in 2011, and he has bounced between that and Double A.
The self-described “utility pitcher” has worked as both a starter and reliever in Triple A. Snow came out of the bullpen to make two spot starts when Tacoma had doubleheaders July 22 and 27, and he pitched so well that Navarro and the Rainiers decided to look at Snow in the starting rotation.
“He’s impressed me,” said Navarro. “He’s a great kid to work with.”
Despite a rough outing Thursday night in New Orleans, Snow has an excellent stat line for the season. He’s 2-2 with a 2.18 ERA, and he has a 48-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in
45 2/3 innings pitched.
Tacoma added 20-year-old rising shortstop prospect Ketel Marte on Monday, and that caused a chain reaction of shortstop promotions in the Mariners’ farm system this past week.
Double-A Jackson needed a shortstop, so Tyler Smith was bumped up from Advanced-A High Desert. That left High Desert empty-handed until Jack Reinheimer was moved up from Single-A Clinton.
The late-season promotions give the players a three-week taste of the league they will likely play in to start of next season.
Marte hit .302 with two homers and 46 RBIs for Jackson. Smith earned his promotion by batting .284 with nine homers and a .377 on-base percentage for High Desert. Reinheimer hit .264 with 34 stolen bases for Clinton.