2018 Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects

Mariners Top 10 Prospects
1. Kyle Lewis, OF
2. Evan White, 1B
3. Sam Carlson, RHP
4. Julio Rodriguez, OF
5. Braden Bishop, OF
6. Max Povse, RHP
7. Matt Festa, RHP
8. Art Warren, RHP
9. Joe Rizzo, 3B
10. Juan Querecuto, SS

GOT QUESTIONS? Mariners Top 10 Chat


For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: OF Mitch Haniger (5), OF Guillermo Heredia (18), RHP Tony Zych (19) and OF Ben Gamel (20).

Trending: 🔻 Trades of eight players who ranked in the Top 30 Prospects a year ago have depleted the ranks.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: There is little truly strong in baseball's worst farm system, but there are some outfielders who have promise. Kyle Lewis is a frontline prospect if he can stay healthy, while top international signing Julio Rodriguez brings everyday upside. Braden Bishop plays an excellent defensive center field and broke through offensively in 2017. Eric Filia, a natural right fielder, gives the Mariners another intriguing outfield prospect, although his recent 50-game suspension after a second positive test for a drug of abuse puts a damper on his rise.

Weaknesses: The Mariners are short on starting pitching at the big league level, a problem because there is virtually none to be found in their system. After trading away Luiz Gohara, Nick Neidert, Freddy Peralta, Ryan Yarbrough, Brandon Miller, Juan Then and Juan De Paula--among others--in recent years, the Mariners' system has nothing but future relievers and spot starters, at best, outside of 2017 draftee Sam Carlson.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Evan White.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Julio Rodriguez.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Eric Filia.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Ian Miller.
🔸Best Athlete: Kyle Lewis.
🔸Best Fastball: Art Warren.
🔸Best Curveball: Max Povse.
🔸Best Slider: Matt Festa.
🔸Best Changeup: Sam Carlson.
🔸Best Control: Matt Festa.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Ryan Scott.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Bryson Brigman.
🔸Best INF Arm: Juan Querecuto.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Braden Bishop.
🔸Best OF Arm: Luis Liberato.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Mike Zunino (30)
🔸1B Evan White (25)
🔸2B Robinson Cano (38)
🔸3B Kyle Seager (33)
🔸SS Jean Segura (31)
🔸LF Mitch Haniger (30)
🔸CF Dee Gordon (33)
🔸RF Kyle Lewis (25)
🔸DH Ryon Healy (29)
🔸SP James Paxton (32)
🔸SP Felix Hernandez (35)
🔸SP Andrew Moore (27)
🔸SP Marco Gonzales (29)
🔸SP Max Povse (27)
🔸CL Edwin Diaz (27)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: C Jeff Clement (Did Not Play) | WAR: -1.2
🔸2009: OF Greg Halman (Deceased) | WAR: N/A
🔸2010: OF/1B Dustin Ackley (Angels) | WAR: 8.1
🔸2011: 2B Dustin Ackley (Angels) | WAR: **
🔸2012: RHP Taijuan Walker (Diamondbacks) | WAR: 5.7
🔸2013: C Mike Zunino (Mariners) | WAR: 5.1
🔸2014: RHP Taijuan Walker (Diamondbacks) | WAR: **
🔸2015: OF Alex Jackson (Braves) | WAR: N/A
🔸2016: OF Alex Jackson (Braves) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: OF Kyle Lewis (Mariners) | Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: RHP Josh Fields (Dodgers) | WAR: 1.0
🔸2009: OF Dustin Ackley (Angels) | WAR: 8.1
🔸2010: RHP Taijuan Walker (1st supp., Diamondbacks) | WAR: 5.7
🔸2011: LHP Danny Hultzen (Did Not Play) | WAR: N/A
🔸2012: C Mike Zunino (Mariners) | WAR: 5.1
🔸2013: 3B D.J. Peterson (Reds) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: OF Alex Jackson (Braves) | WAR: N/A
🔸2015: RHP Nick Neidert (2nd round, Mariners) | WAR: N/A
🔸2016: OF Kyle Lewis (Mariners) | Top 10
🔸2017: 1B Evan White (Mariners) | Top 10


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