It’s no surprise — is it? — that D.J. Peterson and Jordy Lara head the Mariners’ organizational all-star team as selected this week by MiLB.com.
Peterson and Lara shared honors as the Mariners’ minor-league player of the year in the organization’s in-house selections in late September.
The MiLB.com selections are distinguished by their selection of a single player at every position across the Mariners’ farm system.
That required a little juggling.
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For example, Patrick Kivlehan, primarily a first baseman/third baseman, was cited as the designated hitter even though he served in that role for just eight games.
The reason is simple: Lara was picked as the first baseman, and Peterson was picked as the third baseman.
Even so, it’s an interesting list.
Here’s the position players with age and 2014 clubs in parentheses plus games played and batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage for position players:
Tyler Marlette (21, High-A High Desert/Double-A Jackson): 90 G, .304 AVG / .349 OBP / .517 SLG.
Jordy Lara (23, High Desert/Jackson): 135, .337 / .392 / .581.
Ty Kelly (26, Triple-A Tacoma): 134, .263 / .381 / .412.
Ketel Marte (21, Jackson / Tacoma): 128, .304 / .335 / .411.
D.J. Peterson (22, High Desert / Jackson): 123, .297 / .360 / .552.
Gabby Guerrero (20, High Desert): 131 games, .307 / .347 / .467; Jabari Henry (23, High Desert): 114, .291 / .398 / .584; Xavier Avery (24, Tacoma): 120, .275 / .344 / .413.
Patrick Kivlehan (24, High Desert / Jackson): 138, .295 / .363 / .507.
The pitchers with age, 2014 clubs in parentheses plus innings pitched, walks-and-hits per inning, strikeout-to-walk ratio and ERA:
Jordan Pries (24, Jackson / Tacoma): 154 IP, 1.240 WHIP / 2.26 K/BB / 3.86 ERA.
Tyler Olson (25, High Desert / Jackson): 1481/3, 1.227 / 3.63 / 3.46.
RHP Matt Brazis (25, High Desert/Jackson): 721/3, 0.995 / 4.67 / 2.36.
Peterson, Kivlehan and Brazis are currently playing for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League, which runs through Nov. 15.
Using the conventional wisdom that it requires five years to assess a club’s performance in any single draft year, Baseball America is offering its assessment of the 2009 draft.
The Mariners, who selected second that year, received a “B.”
“OF Dustin Ackley (1st round), drafted to play second base, had a productive season in 2014,” editor-in-chief John Manuel wrote, “but hasn’t lived up to No. 2 overall billing.
“His college teammate, 3B Kyle Seager (3rd), has made up for it a bit, while SS/2B Nick Franklin (1st) and OF James Jones (4th) have had their moments in Seattle.”
Six teams received higher grades than the Mariners.
The Angels, Cardinals, Diamondbacks and Nationals received an “A,” while the Blue Jays and Reds received “B-plus” grades.
The Mariners were one of four clubs to get a “B.” The others were the Rockies, Royals and Twins.
Three clubs received an “F:” the Dodgers, Orioles and Rays.
2014 DRAFT ASSESSMENT
Outfielder Alex Jackson is again drawing recognition from Baseball America, which cited him as the No. 2 pure hitter and the No. 5 power hitter in its early assessments of the 2014 draft.
The Mariners selected Jackson, 18, with the sixth overall pick. He was previously cited by the magazine as the top prospect in the Arizona Rookie League after batting .280 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 23 games.
Cubs catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber, the fourth overall selected, was picked as the top pure hitter and top power hitter.
Baseball America also cited left-hander Ryan Yarbrough, the Mariners’ fourth-round pick, at No. 4 in its list of best pro debuts by a college pitcher.
Yarbrough, 22, compiled a 1.27 ERA in 14 games while allowing just 26 hits in 422/3 innings at Rookie Pulaski and Short-A Everett. He also had 58 strikeouts and only five walks.