Mariners Insider Blog

How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm?

The Seattle Mariners have spent the last few months auditioning some of their almost-ready-for-prime-time players, and now it's apparent even more talent from the minor league season will be on display in spring training.

Two of the teams younger pitchers, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton, were honored by Baseball America.

That publication named the right-handed Walker, 19, the Midwest League's top prospect of 2011 - and listed Paxton as the league's No. 8 prospect. Paxton went 6-5 with a 2.89 earned run average in 18 starts, held opponents to a .202 batting average and struck out 113 batters in 96 innings.

Lefty Paxton went 3-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 10 starts, striking out 80 hitters in 56 innings.