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  1. 1. Julio Rodriguez | OF
    Julio Rodriguez
    Born: Dec 29, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Eddy Toledo/Tim Kissner.
    Minors: .347/.441/.560 | 13 HR | 21 SB | 291 AB

    BA Grade: 75/Medium

    Track Record: Evaluators considered Rodriguez one of the best players in the 2017 international class when he signed with the Mariners for $1.75 million, but he has exceeded even the highest expectations. Rodriguez dominated the Dominican Summer League and both Class A levels in his first two seasons, earning hyperbolic praise from scouts, coaches and opponents. He suffered a hairline fracture in his left wrist diving for a ball in summer camp in 2020, but he returned with no ill effects in 2021. Rodriguez finished second in the minor leagues with a .347 batting average and seventh with a 1.001 OPS while climbing to Double-A, a performance even more impressive given the repeated interruptions to his season. He left twice to play for the Dominican Republic in Olympic qualifiers in Florida and Mexico and helped the Dominicans qualify for the Summer Games. At the Tokyo Olympics, Rodriguez hit .417 as the youngest player in the tournament to lead the Dominican Republic to the bronze medal, the first Olympic baseball medal in the country’s history.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez is a physical presence at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds with the strength and athleticism to take over games. He destroys baseballs with 80-grade raw power and has been known to hit balls out of stadiums. His longest home runs come to his pull side, but he has the strength to drive balls out the other way with shocking ease. Rodriguez has the rare ability to get to his power without sacrificing the ability to hit for average. He is a career .331 hitter in the minors who identifies pitches well and stays short to the ball with a simple approach and direct bat path that allows him to make frequent contact in all parts of the strike zone. His swing occasionally gets too big, but he adjusts quickly within at-bats and doesn’t miss the same pitch twice. He is an adept two-strike hitter for a power hitter who stays on tough pitches and rarely strikes out. A plus-plus hitter with plus-plus game power, Rodriguez further enhances his game with his surprising speed. He is an above-average runner who is adept at reading pitchers and stealing bases, and he covers plenty of ground in all directions in right field. He is particularly advanced at ranging back on balls and keeps runners from taking extra bases with his plus, accurate arm. Rodriguez occasionally loses focus on defense, but he’s an above-average defender when he’s locked in. In addition to his physical skills, Rodriguez is an incredibly charismatic individual and a clubhouse leader. He has been bilingual since he was 18 years old and plays the game with a constant smile on his face, energizing his teammates and lighting up clubhouses with his outgoing, effervescent personality.

    The Future: Rodriguez’s talent and personality have him set to be not only the face of the Mariners franchise, but one of the faces of baseball. As long as he stays healthy, he projects to be a perennial all-star and MVP contender who competes for home run titles.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 70. Power: 70. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  2. 2. George Kirby | RHP
    George Kirby
    Born: Feb 4, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 201
    Drafted/Signed: Elon, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Ty Holub.
    Minors: 5-3 | 2.53 ERA | 80 SO | 15 BB | 68 IP

    BA Grade: 70/High

    Track Record: Kirby walked six batters in 14 starts his junior year at Elon and posted the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (16.8) in the country. Despite modest stuff, Kirby’s elite control and command convinced the Mariners to draft him 20th overall and give him a $3,242,900 signing bonus. Kirby remade his body in 2020 at the alternate training site and re-emerged with vastly improved stuff in 2021. He posted a 2.53 ERA in 15 starts and rose to Double-A, although he missed a month with shoulder tenderness.

    Scouting Report: Kirby’s fastball has jumped from 91-94 mph in college to 95-99 as a pro with explosive late life up in the zone. He generates his velocity with little effort and locates his fastball to both sides of the plate with plus-plus command, making it a swing-and-miss pitch even when batters are geared up for it. Kirby complements his fastball with a plus, wipeout slider in the 85-89 mph range that misses bats and an above-average, 79-80 mph curveball with depth and bite. His fading, 85-86 mph changeup has excellent separation from his fastball, but it plays down a tick because his control of it is just average. Despite his long, lanky build, Kirby is a good athlete with excellent body coordination and repeats his delivery for elite control. He has averaged 1.5 walks per nine innings in his minor league career and his misses are very small.

    The Future: Kirby’s rare mix of power and precision gives him the potential to be a No. 1 or 2 starter as long as he stays healthy. His major league debut should come in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Curveball: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 80.

  3. 3. Noelvi Marte | SS
    Noelvi Marte
    Born: Oct 16, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 187
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Eddy Toledo/Tim Kissner.
    Minors: .273/.366/.459 | 17 HR | 24 SB | 444 AB

    BA Grade: 60/High

    Track Record: Marte set himself apart with his athleticism, tools and performance as an amateur and signed with the Mariners for $1.55 million in 2018. He lived up to his pedigree with a standout debut in the Dominican Summer League and was invited to the Mariners alternate training site in 2020, where he understandably struggled as the youngest player in camp. Marte made his full-season debut in 2021 and finished among the league leaders in hits, runs, doubles, home runs, walks, RBIs and stolen bases at Low-A Modesto, earning a late promotion to High-A Everett.

    Scouting Report: A skinny, projectable teenager when he signed, Marte has grown into a broad-shouldered, physical specimen with explosive power. He generates borderline plus-plus power out of a smooth, easy swing and hits rockets that leave any part of the stadium. He uses his lower half well and has a mechanically sound swing that allows him to project as an above-average hitter who gets to his power in games. Marte occasionally gives away at-bats and gets out of his approach, but at his best he recognizes pitches, stays in the strike zone and adjusts quickly. Marte moves well for his size on the basepaths and is a good athlete at shortstop with twitchy actions, a quick first step and soft hands. He has above-average arm strength but is often careless with his footwork and arm slot, leading to frequent throwing errors.

    The Future: Marte has the potential to be a power-hitting, all-star shortstop if he cleans up his defense. Even if he moves to third base, he still projects to be a middle-of-the-order cornerstone.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 65. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  4. 4. Matt Brash | RHP
    Matt Brash
    Born: May 12, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Jake Koenig (Padres).
    Minors: 6-4 | 2.31 ERA | 142 SO | 48 BB | 98 IP

    BA Grade: 60/High

    Track Record: A native of Kingston, Ontario, Brash pitched three years in Niagara’s rotation and won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s pitcher of the year honors after he set the conference and school records for strikeouts in a single season in 2019. The Padres drafted him in the fourth round and signed him for $512,400, then traded him to the Mariners as the player to be named later for reliever Taylor Williams following the 2020 season. Brash broke out beyond all expectations in 2021. He finished ninth in the minors with 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings and rocketed from High-A to the majors, where he received a callup in the season’s final week but didn’t pitch.

    Scouting Report: Brash was limited by shoulder tenderness when the Mariners acquired him, but his stuff jumped exponentially with full health. His high-spin, 93-97 mph fastball collects swings and misses in bunches and his dastardly, mid-80s slider with power sweep and sharp dive is a plus-plus pitch that some observers grade an 80. He throws both pitches in any count and can finish batters with either of them. Brash complements his power offerings with an average knuckle curveball he lands for strikes and a changeup that flashes plus, although it is inconsistent. Brash has some effort to his delivery and his control can be scattered, leading to differing opinions whether he projects best as a starter or reliever. He holds his stuff deep into outings and improved his control as last season progressed.

    The Future: Brash’s stuff gives him a chance to be a frontline starter if he keeps improving his control. Otherwise, his fastball and slider give him closer potential in relief.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 70. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 55. Control: 45.

  5. 5. Brandon Williamson | LHP
    Brandon Williamson
    Born: Apr 2, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Texas Christian, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jordan Bley.
    Minors: 4-6 | 3.39 ERA | 153 SO | 33 BB | 99 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Williamson spent two seasons at Northern Iowa JC and was drafted by the Brewers in the 36th round in 2018, but he transferred to Texas Christian rather than sign. He won a spot in the Horned Frogs rotation and pitched well enough for the Mariners to draft him in the second round, No. 59 overall, one year later. Williamson spent 2020 at the alternate training site and made his full-season debut in 2021. He led the Mariners system with 153 strikeouts and rose from High-A to Double-A.

    Scouting Report: Williamson’s stuff keeps improving and now ranks among the best in the Mariners’ pitching-rich system. A long-limbed, 6-foot-6 lefthander, Williamson sits 90-94 mph and reaches 97 mph on his fastball. The pitch plays up with late life and deception from his delivery and gets on batters faster than they expect with his long extension. Williamson’s best pitch is a high-arching, top-to-bottom curveball in the mid 70s with tight spin and sharp, late bite. It gets under the barrels of both lefthanded and righthanded batters and is a borderline plus-plus pitch with his feel for locating it. He also shows feel for an average changeup in the mid 80s and an average slider in the low 80s with tight, horizontal break. Williamson keeps his long limbs in sync and throws plenty of strikes with average control, although he occasionally gets too much of the plate. He threw two immaculate innings last summer.

    The Future: Williamson’s build, stuff and control give him a chance to be a No. 3 or 4 starter. He is in line to make his major league debut in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 50. Curveball: 65. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.

  6. 6. Emerson Hancock | RHP
    Emerson Hancock
    Born: May 31, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 213
    Drafted/Signed: Georgia, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: John Wiedenbauer.
    Minors: 3-1 | 2.62 ERA | 43 SO | 17 BB | 45 IP

    BA Grade: 55/Very High

    Track Record: A 38th-round pick by the D-backs out of high school, Hancock spent three years in Georgia’s starting rotation and posted a gaudy 1.99 ERA as a sophomore. He made only four starts his junior year before the coronavirus pandemic canceled the season, but the Mariners still drafted him sixth overall and signed him for $5.7 million. Hancock spent his first professional summer at the alternate training site before making his pro debut in 2021. He posted a 2.62 ERA and advanced to Double-A but was limited to 44.2 innings by recurring shoulder soreness.

    Scouting Report: Known for his advanced control and polished delivery in college, Hancock has become more of a power pitcher as a pro and traded some of that smoothness for increased velocity. He overpowers hitters with a 94-98 mph four-seam fastball that rides up and a 93-96 mph two-seam fastball that sinks down out of his low arm slot, with his two-seamer the better of the two pitches. His sweepy, 79-80 mph slider flashes above-average and his mid-80s changeup is a plus pitch at its best. Hancock’s delivery has become more effortful as he’s tried to throw harder and his control has regressed to average. He opens up early, costing him deception, and puts a lot of stress on his shoulder with his arm slot, raising concerns about future injuries. He had multiple starts pushed back last season in addition to two separate injured list stints for his shoulder.

    The Future: Hancock has mid-rotation stuff, but his delivery, control and health are all trending toward a bullpen future. He’ll try to reverse those trends in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 60. Control: 50.

  7. 7. Harry Ford | C
    Harry Ford
    Born: Feb 21, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: John Wiedenbauer.
    Minors: .291/.400/.582 | 3 HR | 3 SB | 55 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Ford stood out for his premium athleticism at East Coast Pro and solidified his place as the top high school catcher in the 2021 draft class with a strong senior spring. The Mariners considered him one of the top three high school players in the class after he dazzled general manager Jerry Dipoto and other club executives during a private, pre-draft batting practice, and Seattle selected him 12th overall and signed him for $4,366,400 to forgo a Georgia Tech commitment. Ford made his pro debut in the Arizona Complex League and hit .291 with 10 extra-base hits in 19 games, including three homers in his final five games.

    Scouting Report: Ford isn’t particularly big at 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, but he packs plenty of bat speed and strength in his compact frame. He consistently squares balls up with his excellent hand-eye coordination and barrel awareness and drives the ball to all fields to project as an above-average hitter. He is a patient hitter who takes an opposite-field approach aimed at lining balls the other way, but he shows surprising plus raw power when he turns on balls. Ford is a plus runner, rare for a catcher, and has the athleticism to play multiple positions. His blocking and receiving need to improve, but his flexibility, strong hands and work ethic give him a chance to be an average defensive catcher in time. His above-average arm strength plays at any position.

    The Future: The Mariners will develop Ford as a catcher and believe he’ll stick there. Even if he doesn’t, his hitting ability and multi-positional versatility give him plenty of avenues to the majors.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

  8. 8. Levi Stoudt | RHP
    Levi Stoudt
    Born: Dec 4, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Lehigh, 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Patrick O’Grady.
    Minors: 7-3 | 3.31 ERA | 86 SO | 37 BB | 82 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Stoudt finished third in Lehigh history with a career 2.69 ERA and showed his stuff played against top competition with a solid summer in the Cape Cod League prior to his junior season. The Mariners drafted him in the third round in 2019 and signed him for $339,000. Stoudt had Tommy John surgery shortly after being drafted and didn’t make his pro debut until 2021, but he made up for lost time with a quick ascent. He went 7-3, 3.31 in 15 starts and averaged more than a strikeout per inning while rising from High-A to Double-A.

    Scouting Report: Stoudt got stronger during his rehab and came back throwing harder after surgery. His previously 91-95 mph fastball now ranges from 94-98 mph with good downhill plane. His best pitch is a split-changeup in the low 80s with late dive and run, and the added separation between his fastball and changeup has helped both pitches play up. Both are now consistently above-average pitches and flash plus at their best. Stoudt’s slurvy, mid-80s slider is an average pitch that flashes higher, and he has gotten better at separating it from his fringy, mid-70s curveball. Stoudt battled his control at times in his pro debut, but his simple, clean delivery and fluid arm action should yield average control as he moves farther away from surgery. He does have some effort in his delivery and needs to prove his durability after pitching only 81.2 innings last season.

    The Future: Stoudt projects to be a solid, consistent No. 4 starter who isn’t flashy but gets the job done. He’ll start at Triple-A Tacoma in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Curveball: 45. Changeup: 55. Control: 50.

  9. 9. Adam Macko | LHP
    Adam Macko
    Born: Dec 30, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Vauxhall, Alberta, 2019 (7th round).
    Signed By: Les McTavish/Alex Ross.
    Minors: 2-2 | 4.59 ERA | 56 SO | 21 BB | 34 IP

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Born in Slovakia, Macko was introduced to baseball in the first grade when he began hitting balls off a tee at his elementary school. When he was 10, he began watching YouTube videos of Justin Verlander and David Price to teach himself how to pitch. Macko’s family moved to Ireland when he was 11 and eventually settled in Canada, where he grew into the country’s top high school pitching prospect. The Mariners drafted him in the seventh round in 2019 and signed him for $250,000 to forgo a Purdue commitment. Macko made his full-season debut with Low-A Modesto in 2021 and was limited to 33.1 innings by recurring shoulder tenderness, but he showed electric stuff when healthy.

    Scouting Report: Macko has progressed rapidly given his unconventional background. After sitting in the upper 80s in high school, he now averages 93-94 mph and touches 97-98 with his fastball. His primary weapon is a sweeping, high-spin curveball in the low 70s with late tilt and bite that gets both swings and misses and called strikes on both sides of the plate. He has advanced feel to alter the shape and length of his curveball, making it a consensus plus-plus offering. Macko also has an average low-80s slider and fringy low-80s changeup, although he mostly just dominates with his fastball and curveball. Macko flashes average control but struggles with consistency. He often cruises for a few innings before suddenly unraveling.

    The Future: Macko is frequently requested by other teams in trade discussions. His stuff and projection give him mid-rotation potential if he can stay healthy and tighten his control with more experience.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Curveball: 70. Changeup: 45. Control: 45.

  10. 10. Gabriel Gonzalez | OF
    Gabriel Gonzalez
    Born: Jan 4, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'0" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Luis Martinez.

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: The Mariners considered Gonzalez one of the top players in the 2020-21 international class and signed him for a $1.3 million bonus out of Venezuela. Gonzalez immediately stood out after signing and carried it over into his official pro debut. He hit .287/.371/.582 and led the Dominican Summer League with 26 extra-base hits, earning reviews as arguably the top player in the league.

    Scouting Report: Gonzalez is only 5-foot-11, but he has a strong, physical frame and surprisingly twitchy athleticism for his muscular build. He rotates quickly with a lot of torque in his swing to generate plus power to all fields. Gonzalez is a power hitter first, but he has a good feel for contact and projects to be an average hitter. He covers the entire plate and has an advanced sense for hunting pitches he can drive. Gonzalez is a slightly above-average runner and has the hands and instincts to play center field. He presently has enough range for the position, but he may move to right field if he loses a step. He has the above-average arm strength to stick in right field if needed.

    The Future: Gonzalez is set to make his stateside debut in the Arizona Complex League in 2022 and will play all season as an 18-year-old.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

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