The Seattle Mariners have given seven rookies their major league debut this season, and the whisper-stream of rumors suggests there may be an eighth soon.
C Miguel Olivo has missed six games with a mild strain in his upper right thigh, and could return to the lineup as early as Tuesday night in Oakland. Once he proves healthy, the team has no need for rookie reserve C Jose Yepez.
So, who takes the roster spot when Yepez is sent down?
The Mariners, of course, aren't saying. But one strong possibility apparently is infielder Kyle Seagar, the 23-year-old who was take in the third round of the 2009 amateur draft. Like Dustin Ackley, he played at the University of North Carolina.
Last year in Class A, he batted .345 with 14 home runs, 74 RBI and .419 on-base percentage in 135 games.
This season, Seagar batted .316 in 66 Class AA games and, in all of 10 games with Tacoma and Class AAA, he's hit hit .489. A long shot? Of course, but the desperation to find a bit more offense in Seattle is growing stronger the longer the Mariners pitching keeps them in the Amerian League West race.