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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

The Swinging Dutchman

John Hickey -Premium Content

The Mariners are already one of the most internationally diverse organizations in baseball, and indications are that trend is only going to continue. Greg Halman, an outfielder from the Netherlands, got a midseason promotion from high Class A High Desert to Double-A West Tenn after posting numbers the Mariners believe will one day make him an elite outfielder in the big leagues.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

Double Trouble

John Hickey -Premium Content

Lefthander Donnie Hume has none of the high profile that surrounds righthander Phillippe Aumont. But the two Mariners minor leaguers are sharing the dream of making it to the big leagues—sharing it in a very real way. Both men are being groomed as starting pitchers by pitching in the same games. Hume, the club's eighth-round pick out of San Diego State in 2007, and Aumont, a high school prodigy who was that draft's 11th overall pick out of Quebec, are pitching in tandem for low Class A Wisconsin.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

A Phone Call Away

John Hickey -Premium Content

In a logical progression, this might well have been the year for lefthander Ryan Feierabend to step up and break camp with the Mariners. Baseball is not about logical progressions, however, and rather than being on the Seattle roster, Feierabend found himself the Opening Day pitcher for Triple-A Tacoma. He never really had a chance to make the roster, not with Seattle going with an 11-man staff and with the Mariners having added two starters over the winter in Erik Bedard and Carlos Silva.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners