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Scout’s View: Mariners Double-A Pitchers

Jim Shonerd -Premium Content

The Mariners have stockpiled their top pitching prospects at Double-A Jackson, and we were able to catch up with a scout who recently saw the Generals in action. We were able to get his thoughts on Seattle's top two prospects, righthander Taijuan Walker and lefty Danny Hultzen, along with power righthanded reliever Carter Capps.

Minors | #2012#Scout's View

Scout’s View: Jared Mitchell

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Heading into the 2012 season, Jared Mitchell, 23, had overcome a serious injury and shown a serious problem making contact. The White Sox aggressively promoted him to Double-A Birmingham anyway, and three weeks into the season, Mitchell was hitting the ball with authority. He was batting .309/.447/.515 with 16 walks and 20 strikeouts in 68 at-bats. We talked to an American League professional scout to get an opinion on why Mitchell is succeeding in Double-A after struggling in high Class A.

Minors | #2012#Scout's View

Scout’s View: Pedro Alvarez

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

Pedro Alvarez is no longer a prospect, but he's not exactly an established big leaguer either. With a .050/.050/.200 line with 12 strikeouts in his first 20 at-bats this season, Alvarez hasn't exactly shown signs that last year's .191/.272/.289 stat line is an aberration. With that in mind, we asked a scout who saw him this spring training if he had an explanation for the second pick in the 2008 draft's struggles.

Minors | #2012#Scout's View

Scout’s View: Braves’ Double-A Pitchers

John Manuel -Premium Content

The Braves were pushing for their first playoff spot in five seasons in 2010, leading the National League East with a big push from rookies such as Jason Heyward, Johnny Venters and, in August, 2009 first-round pick Mike Minor. Meanwhile, none of the team's affiliates figured to make the playoffs in the minors, yet talent is surging through the Braves system. That's particularly true on the mound, as one National League pro scout found during a pair of visits to Double-A Mississippi.

Minors | #2010#Scout's View