Mariners Final Report
Best Player: Vinnie Catricala
, the Mariners' 10th-round pick in the 2009 draft, opened eyes this season between high Class A High Desert and Double-A Jackson, hitting .349/.421/.601 with 42 doubles and 25 home runs. The numbers don't tell the whole story, either. Scouts like his pitch recognition and the fact that he's carving out a reputation as a tough out. His power has steadily improved, as he's gone from eight to 17 to 25 homers over the past three seasons. What the Mariners need to do now is decide what position they want to have Catricala play. He's seen time at third base, first base and left field.
Lefthander James Paxton
waited until March to sign with the Mariners. Come next March, the club could be looking at him as a contender for the major league rotation. The British Columbia native checks in at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and owns a 97 mph fastball, a big-breaking curve and a nice changeup that has helped him vault through the system.
Splitting time between low Class A Clinton and Jackson this season, Paxton went 6-3, 2.37 with 131 strikeouts and 43 walks over 95 innings.
Keep An Eye On:
Righthander Erasmo Ramirez
is just 21, but he's already made it to Triple-A, going 3-2, 5.10 in seven starts for Tacoma. The numbers aren't eye-popping, but he's a strike-thrower with good velocity, and it wouldn't be a big shock to anyone in the organization to see him in the big leagues at some point in the 2012 season.
• The Mariners released third baseman Matt Mangini to create roster space, though the club has told Mangini it would like to re-sign him next season.
• Outfielders Casper Wells, Michael Saunders and Johan Limonta; third baseman Alex Liddi; and pitchers Ersasmo Ramirez, Scott Patterson, Jarrett Grube and Mauricio Robles will all play in the Venezuelan League this winter. Outfielders Denny Almonte and James Jones, catcher Steve Baron, and righthander Jandy Sena all are expected to play in Australia this winter.