Mariners Insider Blog

A little Catricala, news and notes from camp

Two more position players came in today, veteran Chone Figgins and rookie Vinnie Catricala.

 Catricala is a 23-year-old third baseman who was the Mariners Minor League Player of the Year in 2011, splitting time between Class A and AA and putting up eye-popping numbers.

 Over a combined 133 games, Catricala batted .349, scored 101 runs, hit 25 home runs and finished with 105 RBI.

“We’re going to look at him at third and look at him in the outfield,” manager Eric Wedge said. “Based on what he did last year, we’re going to take a good look at him.”

Catricala is 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. In 521 at-bats last season, he ssruck out 92 times and had an on-base percentage of of .420.

Now, some news and notes from Day 4:

  • Hard to believe it's been 20 years since Seattle left its spring headquarters in Tempe and came to Peoria, but it has been - and the Mariners 20-year least is ending. Both sides want the Mariners to remain, but the team is negotiating for a revamp of the facilities.
  • Japanese shortstop Munenori Kawasaki is quickly becoming a camp character, bringing energy and humor that Wedge compared to Brendan Ryan. "Kawasaki has a lot of fun, he's taking ground balls at second base, third base and shortstop," Wedge said."You can tell he loves playing the game."
  • When the  ML network begins its annual '30 Clubs in 30 Days series next month, the first team to be analyzed will be the Seattle Mariners. Circle March 5 on your viewing calendar, 2 p.m. PST.