Credit to goes to Keith Law of ESPN and Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider, who first reported that shortstop Marcus Littlewood - the Mariners second round pick in 2010 - will transition to catcher.
The Mariners confirmed that report today, saying that Littlewood will head the Instructional League in Peoria, and make a full-time transition.
He's already been working with catching coordinator Roger Hansen.
Littlewood (6-2, 180 pounds) was signed out of Pine View High School in St. George Utah. After struggling in Clinton to start the season, he was sent to Everett where he is hitting .244 with two homers and 14
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Let's get to last night's games ...
Triple A Tacoma lost to Salt Lake, 9-2, in Salt Lake City. It was the first time the Rainiers lost a road series since April. Right-hander Jarrett Grube took the loss pitching five innings and allowing five runs on seven hits while giving up three homers. Ryan Langerhans homered for the Rainiers.
Double A Jackson had an off day. Of note: Carlos Triunfnel has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Vinnie Catricala has recorded 11 multi-hit games in the 22 games he's played with Jackson since being called up. Class A High Desert lost to Modesto 9-6. Shortstop Gabe Noriega had three hits and OF Denny Almonte had two hits and a homer to extend his hit streak to 13 games.
Class A Clinton picked up a rare win, defeating West Michigan 4-3. Left-hander Tony Butler pitched six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Catcher John Hicks, who the Mariners drafted this year, had the game-winning two-run single for the LumberKings
Class A Everett picked up a 4-2 win over Eugene. Mario Yepez had two hits, including a triple.