Outfielder Johermyn Chavez came to the Mariners last year in the Brandon Morrow-Brandon League trade with Toronto, then proceeded to have a breakout season that got him invited to camp.
All Chavez did, in 136 games, was bat .315 with 32 home runs, 96 RBI and 308 total bases in High A ball. That got him noticed.
“I learned how to work hard from Tony Fernandez in Toronto,” Chavez said. “He told me, ‘You can be a good major league player, but you have to work hard – every day – to earn it.”
Chavez works hard. Today, for instance, he took 30-35 swings on his own in the covered batting cage, then took part in the Mariners workout and eventually got more rounds of batting practice against a couple of coaches.
“My first round, I try to get my hands loose and quick,” Chavez said. “After that, I swing hard, just like I would in the game.”
Many line drives followed, some of which landed several streets away. Yes, the Mariners noticed."