The Seattle Mariners emphasis on youth continued today when they acquired the player-to-be-named-later from the Detroit Tigers - 22-year-old RHP Chance Ruffin - then introduced their top two draft picks in LHP Danny Hultzen and SS Brad Miller.
Ruffin, drafted by Detroit last summer, will join the Mariners before tonight's game, bringing with him experince in AA, AAA and the big leagues. In two appearances with the Tigers, Ruffin had no record and a 4.91 earned run average.
His record with AAA Toledo in 13 games was one of success, as he saved nine games in 10 save opportunities and posed a 1.84 ERA. He'll pitch out of Seattle's bullpen, where he'll join rookies Josh Lueke, Tom Wilhelmsen and Dan Cortes.
Ruffin was the final piece of the trade that sent Fister and David Pauley to the Tigers for OF Casper Wells and LHP Charlie Furbush.To make room for Ruffin on the 25-man roster, the Mariners out-righted LHP Aaron Laffey.
Hultzen, 21, hasn't pitched since the College World Series and won't again until next month when he joins the Mariners instructional league, then a month later in the Arizona Fall League. His collegiate career at the University of Virginia in three seasons was 32-5 with a 2.08 ERA - with 395 strikeout in 320 innings.
"My hero growing up was Cal Ripken, but I loved Ken Griffey Jr., too, and I played center field because of him," Hultzen said.
Miller, 21, posted a .339 batting aveage in three seasons at Clemson and will report this week to Class A Clinton, then to the instructional league next month.
"I was looking through all my Little League jerseys and because I'm from Florida I was always on the Mainers," Miller said. "All my numbers were 24 because of Ken Griffey Jr., so it's exciting to be part of the same organization."
GM Jack Zduriencik said the day was further evidence of the pledge he made the week he was hired.
"My desire then was to build this organization from within, and I think our recent trades and these young men from the June draft represent just another step in the process," Zduriencik said.