Right-hander Casey Lawrence has been part of the shuttle this season between Triple-A Tacoma and the Mariners and, after Monday, he’s again pushing for a recall to the big leagues.
Lawrence, 29, pitched a complete-game shutout in the Rainiers’ 9-0 romp against Albuquerque (Rockies) at Cheney Stadium. That followed a June 28 victory over Las Vegas (Mets) when he gave up two runs in six innings.
Those two starts earned recognition for Lawrence as the TNT player of the week for the Mariners’ farm system for the period of June 27 to July 3.
The Mariners acquired Lawrence from Toronto in a May 11 waiver claim. He has a 5.71 ERA in six games over two big-league tours, although much of that damage came June 13 at Minnesota when he gave up six runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Lawrence is 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA in seven games at Tacoma, including four starts.
The rest of the TNT Top Five for June 27 to July 3:
***Hi-A Modesto second baseman Chris Mariscal batted .474 (9-for-19) and compiled a .593 on-base percentage in six games. He is batting .309 overall in 70 games with a .401 OBP.
***Modesto right-hander Reggie McClain pitched a complete game on June 29 in an 8-1 victory over Visalia (Diamondbacks). He struck out nine and walked none.
***Double-A Arkansas outfielder Chuck Taylor, acquired last December in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft, continued his strong season by going 9-for-20 in five games with three doubles and a homer for a 1.250 OPS.
***Rookie Peoria second baseman Connor Hoover, a 21st-round pick in last month’s draft, was just 4-for-17 in five games, but he exemplified the Mariners’ control-the-zone philosophy by drawing eight walks and compiling a .500 on-base percentage.
Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners
June 20-26: RHP Nathan Bannister, Hi-A Modesto
June 13-19: CF Leonys Martin, Triple-A Tacoma
June 6-12: 1B D.J. Peterson, Triple-A Tacoma
May 30-June 5: 3B Joe Rizzo, Lo-A Clinton
May 23-29: RHP Nick Neidert, Hi-A Modesto