Peguero Gets Brief Look With M's

SEATTLE — The Mariners didn't expect to see outfielder Carlos Peguero this soon.

True, he led his league in homers last year with 23, but it was the Double-A Southern League. He was going to need a good chunk of time at Triple-A Tacoma before the Mariners were going to be serious about giving him a look.
That chunk turned out to be 12 games.

Peguero was called up from the Rainiers on April 19 to fill the roster spot created when first baseman Justin Smoak went on the bereavement list.

A good spring by Peguero caught the eye of manager Eric Wedge, and when Peguero got off to a hot start with the Rainiers, that was enough to win him the promotion, even if it was short-lived. Peguero was sent back down to Tacoma on April 24.

"He was at the top of the list of players I liked coming out of spring training," Wedge said. "He's had a nice start to the season, too, and that definitely is part of it."

Peguero has hit his way into being a prospect. After signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2005, he went three seasons without reaching double figures in home runs.

In 2008, however, he had a dozen while hitting .299 with high Class A High Desert, then exploded on the scene a year later. He hit 31 homers in 2009 in the admittedly hitter-friendly confines of High Desert, then came back to lead the league while with West Tenn last year.

He has 92 minor league homers, 56 of them since the start of the 2009 season.
When Seattle started the season on the road this year, the Rainiers worked out for a day at Safeco Field.

With hitting coach Alonzo Powell throwing batting practice, Peguero hit one out to center field. It not only cleared the eight-foot-high wall in dead center, 405 feet away, it also cleared the batter's eye, which is some 40 feet high, behind that.


• Outfielder James McOwen of Double-A Jackson missed all of last year, but is off to a quick start this year. He had five multiple-hit efforts in his first 18 games and is hitting .292/.338/.472.

• After starting the season hitless in his first 12 at-bats, High Desert shortstop Nick Franklin quickly turned things around and was hitting .276/.408/.448 over his first 16 games.