John Hickey

Close To Ready

John Hickey -Premium Content

For someone who was traded from one Double-A team to another, righthander Dan Cortes doesn't seem to be all that far from the big leagues. The Mariners acquired Cortes, 22, along with lefthander Derrick Saito from the Royals for out-of-favor shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.

Majors | #2009#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

An Unlikely Leap

John Hickey -Premium Content

There may be more unlikely players than righthander Shawn Kelley to have hopped up two levels in just his second year in the Mariners system, but there probably aren't many. Kelley, a 13th-round pick out of Austin Peay in 2007, spent much of his time in college recovering from Tommy John surgery (in 2003) and playing third base and in the outfield. But Kelley has been fast-tracked as a pro and he's responded as a short reliever, going from low Class A Wisconsin to high Class A High Desert to his current post at Double-A West Tenn.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners