Well that was fast.
The Mariners have decided to call up infielder Kyle Seager from Triple A Tacoma, he will take the place of back-up catcher Jose Yepez on the 25-man roster, who was designated for assignment.
Seager's rise through the system this season has been meteoric.
He started the season in Double A Jackson, was recently promoted to Tacoma and will now join the Mariners in Anaheim for tomorrow's game.
"This is a guy who has hit everywhere he's been,” Zduriencik said. “He's produced everywhere he's been. It’s no secret we've struggled offensively - why not give the kid a chance?”
And don't expect Seager to sit on the bench.
"Can you assume he's going to be in the starting lineup tomorrow night? I think so, yes. We've brought up and played a lot of young players this season, and Kyle is coming up to play.”
Zduriencik isn't worried about the lack of playing time in Triple A.
"I've seen him play, and he's been impressive. I've talked to the young man and he's not intimidated. He’s ready. Let's let him play and see what happens.
So what does it mean for Adam Kennedy's playing time?
"Adam has earned the chance to play in a lot of places on this team and he'll get his ABs," Zdurienick said. "The other guys, things will work themselves out, like they do all the time in baseball."
Seager, 23, has torn the Pacific Coast League since being promoted from AA Jackson on June 23. He has recorded a hit in each of the 12 games he has appeared, batting .455 (25x55) with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 12 RBI (.500 OBP, .673 SLG, 1.173 OPS). He has made starts at three positions (3B – 6, 2B – 5, SS – 1) and has recorded a perfect fielding percentage.
Seager can play second base, third base and shortstop. You would assume he will play the bulk of the time at third base and that Chone Figgins' at-bats will be reduced even more. That isn't a bad thing.
Seager hit .312 (83x266) with 25 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 37 RBI in 66 games with Jackson. Since June 1, the left-handed batter has combined to bat .397 (50x126) with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 18 RBI in 30 games with Jackson and Tacoma.
In 2010, Seager led the minor leagues in hits (192) and runs scored (126) while playing for High Desert. Originally selected by the Mariners in the 3rd round of the 2009 June draft, Seager is a career .329 hitter (342x1039) hitter in 257 minor league games. He was college teammates with current Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley.
Yepez, 30, was selected from AAA Tacoma on June 29, but did not appear in a game with the Mariners. He saw action in 28 games for the Rainiers, batting .276 (27x98) with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 15 RBI. In 10 games in the month of June he is batting .441 (15x34) with 6 RBI. Yepez has been in the Mariners farm system since 2008, making stops at High Desert (A), West Tenn (AA) and Tacoma (AAA). He is a.268 hitter (547x2042) with 35 home runs and 298 RBI in 611 career minor league games. He will making his Major League debut with his first appearance.
--Jack Zduriencik courtesy of Larry LaRue