Mariners Insider Blog

Mariners minor league report, April 16, 2013:

Because I have no life, and because I like baseball, I went to the Rainiers game last night. It was not warm at Cheney Stadium. Alex Liddi, Joe Dunigan and Carlos Peguero hit homers in the win. Obviously, I was most interested in seeing Mike Zunino. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk.

You'll note in the story that Hector Noesi has been called up to the Rainiers, which will now limit the number of times I go watch them.

I know people were very excited about Zunino's hot start. But in talking with some people, much of the success, particularly the homers, came on fastballs - some very mediocre. Zunino saw a fair amount of breaking pitches last night. And he will continue to. It's what happens in Triple A. The scouting is more advanced and the players are better at executing those report. I still think he will produce, but it just won't be like the video game numbers he was putting up early on.

Dave Cameron of USS Mariner also thinks the same way and has this blog post on it.

Double A Jackson lost to Mississippi. John Hicks had two hits in the lost.

High Desert got roughed up 15-5.