The minor league baseball season is a little over a week old, so let’s take a look at some of the hot and not-so-hot starts for notable Seattle Mariners prospects.
Advanced-A Bakersfield pitcher Edwin Diaz has delivered two dominant starts to open the California League season.
The 21-year-old native of Puerto Rico has not allowed a run in 11 innings, giving up just four hits — all singles. He has struck out 16 while issuing only one walk.
Diaz was the Mariners third round draft pick in 2012. He was ranked No. 6 in The Olympian’s Top 10 prior to the season.
Bakersfield catcher Tyler Marlette — ranked ninth in The Olympian’s Top 10 — has been the hottest hitter in the organization so far. Marlette is batting .500 through his first seven games, going 12 for 24 with two home runs and six RBIs.
A 22-year-old right-handed hitter, Marlette was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Florida. He is considered to be an advanced hitter who is working to hone his catching skills.
The top two on The Olympian’s Top 10 were the Mariners most recent first round draft picks: outfielder Alex Jackson and first baseman D.J. Peterson. Both are off to slow starts — but Peterson may be heating up.
Returned to Double-A Jackson after struggling to hit during spring training, Peterson didn’t get a hit until the fifth game of the season and was just 2 for 25 before breaking out on Friday night.
Peterson went 3 for 6 with a double against the Mississippi Braves, doubling his early-season batting average from .080 to .161.
A third baseman by trade, Peterson has quietly been moved across the diamond by the Mariners. He has started six games at first base, with one at third base and one as the designated hitter.
Jackson, 19, was aggressively assigned to Single-A Clinton, where he is one of the youngest players in the Midwest League. He’s driven in some runs in the early going, but the hits have been hard to come by.
Jackson is 3 for 27 with two doubles so far, batting .111. He has five RBIs.
The Lumber Kings have started Jackson in right field in every game so far.