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M’s Cortes Slowing Down, Moving Up

John Hickey -Premium Content

Given the velocity on his fastball, it seemed a good bet that righthander Dan Cortes would make the Mariners' roster out of spring training. He reaches 98-99 mph with relative ease, but Cortes is learning that he needs more than just pure heat to get by. Control is essential, and with four walks in four spring innings coupled with 60 walks in 102 innings last year, it was clear that mastery was lacking.

Majors | #2011#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

Mariners Finally Sign James Paxton

John Hickey -Premium Content

There seemed to be a time when James Paxton would never sign. The Blue Jays drafted the 6-foot-4, 220-pound lefthander in the first round two years ago, but working with agent Scott Boras meant he couldn't return to Kentucky to play, so he headed off to play with Grand Prairie and play an independent league schedule when he and the Blue Jays couldn't strike a deal.<br/>

Majors | #2011#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

Mariners Give Ackley The Green Light

John Hickey -Premium Content

It's going to be difficult for the Mariners not to give Dustin Ackley a chance to make the 2011 big league roster in spring training. Ackley needed a year to learn a new position, second base, after being the second player taken in the 2009 draft. And it took a bit for him to hit as expected while doing that. But if results from the first 52 Arizona Fall League at-bats are any indication, he's got it down.<br/>

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

Mariners’ Texeira One Of Five Rule 5 Survivors

John Hickey -Premium Content

Kanekoa Texeira always had a chance to make the Seattle roster because, as a Rule 5 pickup from the Yankees, he had to make the roster or be offered back to New York. But there weren't great expectations—not until Texeira got on the mounds of the Cactus League and put on a dominating performance all spring, ultimately making a big league roster for the first time. The 24-year-old, originally a 22nd-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2006, went 1-0, 0.64 over 10 appearances in the Cactus League before being roughed up on April 2 in Albuquerque for three runs in one inning.

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners