The Mariners, searching high, far and wide for another bat for their woeful offense, acquired righthanded platoon outfielder Chris Denorfia from the Padres in exchange for Abraham Almonte, who began the season as the Mariners’ opening day center fielder, and Triple-A righthanded reliever Stephen Kohlscheen.
Stephen Kohlscheen, rhp
For a 6-foot-6 pitcher, Kohlscheen throws plenty of strikes. He fills the zone (68 percent of his pitches are strikes this year) with a variety of average pitches. His 88-93 mph fastball is average at best, but he locates it well. He mixes in an average slider and occasionally a below-average changeup. He projects as a potential middle reliever who can retire righthanders but has to be spotted against tough lefthanders. They get a good look at the ball thanks in part to his long takeaway after he breaks his hands. Kohlscheen’s father Brian is a scout with the Phillies.
Abraham Almonte, cf
Age: 25 Bats: B
A high-energy player, Almonte worked his way into the Opening Day lineup of the Mariners with his aggressive play in the field and on the bases. But his equally aggressive approach at the plate wore thin in Seattle and he was optioned back to Tacoma in May. His best tool is plus speed, and he’s an excellent, if inefficient, basestealer.
Chris Denorfia, of
Age: 34 Bats: R
Denorfia has a career .301/.367/.443 slash line versus big league lefthanders and complements lefty-hitting Endy Chavez, who’s been in a part-time role for the Mariners the past few months. This season Denorfia is posting career lows in average, on-base percentage and slugging at .242/.293/.319, though he adds value on the bases and by playing all three outfield posts.
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