st15 | some good, some bad but, all-in-all coming along…

Mariners 5 | Giants 7

Erasmo has an ERA now after giving up a single and a double in the first but, otherwise pitched well.

After a nice 1-2-3 5th inning, Kuo fails to execute on the DP and in the end it costs him a 2-run home run

Sherrill had a bit of a rough time as well…

although the defense behind him was none too crisp.  There were at least three plays that should have been made but weren’t and he ended up allowing three runs in his one inning of work (not TOO concerned about George though, I seem to remember his poor springs being legendary).

BUT, then in the 8th Vinnie recorded a web-gem!

Awesome snare of a line drive and a strong throw  j  u  s  t  getting the runner at 1B

One of the lowest hit totals in a spring game thus far but, nice hit-to-run ratio 🙂

st14 | Millwood pitching to pitch

Mariners 6 | Royals 2

(first ST game on TV but, missed most of it ;-( )

Millwood threw 53 pitches in his four innings of work and, despite walking three, gave up no runs.

In fact, none of the M’s pitchers (Delabar, Perez, Jimenez, Wilhelmsen) gave up any earned runs – Perez was charged with 2 unearned runs when Liddi committed an error at 1B in the 7th

Ichiro and Catricala with two hits each

Catricala and Saunders with two RBI each

THREE DeePees!!!

st11 | good signs, even in loss

Mariners 5 | Giants 7

Sometimes, OK most times, spring training is about individual prep and progress rather than team results.

Today was such a day.  Granted, Felix’s line was nothing too special but, he threw 53 pitches in 4 full innings and got that much closer to being ready for Opening Day in just over two weeks! Eric Wedge had this to say after the game…

“He threw the ball well again today, used all his pitches, so he’s right on target,” Wedge said. “He’ll be ready to go out there and pitch as long as we need him to, once we get to Japan. We’ve had him and [Jason] Vargas as well as a few other guys mapped out for quite a while. So he’s right on line.”

Now, as for the bullpen…

seems they’ll need a bit more prepping as 2 of the 4 gave up 2 runs, 1 gave up 1 and the other walked 2

Seems the outfield competition just gets more heated by the day…

Saunders with another 2 hits, a runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base

Robinson went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double

And, Catricala continued his hot hitting…

with another 2 hits including a double

st6 | springtime vs. the angels at the devil

Mariners 6 | Angels 4

Ah… hearing that the M’s played the Angels in Tempe today had me reminiscing once again about my trip to the desert last season and wishing I was there this spring.  Tempe Diablo Stadium was one of the venues I visited (I believe the Halos were playing the Tribe).  It was really HOT and I spent a good part of the game in the shaded concessions area.  But, it is a great stadium and ‘t was a fun day….

Tempe Diablo Stadium | March 2011

Getting ready for first pitch | March 2011

OK, back to current day, which was a decent one for the M’s!

Especially for Blake Beavan and Charlie Furbush who combined for…

6IP – 4H – 1BB – 0ER – 4K

AP photo

AP photo

On the other side of the plate, things were nice and spread out…

  • Saunders and Montero each had two hits
  • Ackley and Rodriguez each had doubles
  • Robinson scored twice and stole a base
  • Catracala his first spring homer – a 2-run shot

st2 | Eleven good, Eleven bad

Mariners 2 | Athletics 9

one thing that jumps out from the box score besides the lack of hitting for the M’s and the proliferation of hitting for the A’s … each team recorded ELEVEN strikeouts

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Spring flings…

  • Noesi’s two inning outing, despite two walks, included no-hits and no earned runs and two strikeouts
  • Peguero’s solo shot (his second in as many games) accounted for one of the two runs
  • Ackley’s run was the other that came after a walk and a steal
  • 2 double-plays, both recorded as: Catracala to Franklin to Jaso

Spring opportunities…

  • Figgy, Ackley and Ichiro (the new 1-2-3) were hitless in their combined 7 AB’s
  • Lack of hits, in general
  • Lack of strikes thrown, in general, despite only 4 combined walks (but then, who knows what each pitcher was working on – such is spring)

Spring remembrances…

Up and Comers up and coming…

yep, still catching up…

AL Rookie of the Year goes to…. 
Jeremy Hellickson

Michael Pineda and Dustin Ackley finish 5th and 6th respectively.
– MP had 3 second place votes and 2 third place votes
– DA had 1 first place vote and 1 third place vote

Felix, Dustin and Mike – oh my!
Mariners Pitcher, Performer and Breakout Player

A look back (video) at Dustin’s freshman year…

Winter Leagues and Prospect Review
Seattle prospects lead West to Rising Stars win |

Franklin, selected in the first round in 2009 by Seattle, finished 4-for-5 with a home run on a memorable night in Arizona. Franklin’s four hits, two doubles, four RBIs and three extra-base hits all set new Rising Stars Game records. His team finished with 16 hits in the game.

“It was really fun,” Franklin said. “We had some fans and were enjoying the experience beforehand. We went out there to have a good time and started to put some runs on the board. We started having some fun in the dugout, and it carried over.”

Hultzen did his part, and there’s no doubt that the front office in Seattle is feeling content right about now. The left-hander struck out the side on 14 pitches in the first inning and did not allow a hit in his two innings pitched. His lone blemish was a one-out walk to Washington’s Bryce Harper in the second inning.

“It was a real honor to get selected for this,” Hultzen said. “It was exciting. There was a big crowd and a lot of fans. I felt good out there.”

How much did Hultzen enjoy the game? Well, he spent several minutes after the game signing autographs and greeting fans.
Thirty minutes later, he was still smiling.

M’s starters finish 1-2-3 in ERA for the Javelinas in the AFL…
Forrest Snow 1.10
* Brian Moran 1.32
* Danny Hultzen 1.40

Carlos Peguero tore it up in the DWL…
He finished with a .299 average, he drove in 22 runs in 28 games and launched 9 homers.
He also walked 9 times to help boost his OBP to .367  Way to go, Carlos!

Other hitters of note in the Winter Leagues…
Luis Rodriguez, Francisco Martinez and Chih-Hsien Chiang

Top Ten Prospect Review…

No. Preseason Postseason
1. Dustin Ackley, 2B Walker
2. Michel Pineda, RHP James Paxton, LHP
3. Nick Franklin, SS Franklin
4. Guillermo Pimentel, OF Francisco Martinez, 3B
5. Taijuan Walker, RHP Pimentel
6. Mauricio Robles, RHP Chance Ruffin, RHP
7. Johermyn Chavez, OF Chavez
8. Dan Cortes, RHP Cortes
9. Blake Beavan, RHP Liddi
10. Alex Liddi, 3B Robles

Mariners 2011 Minor Leaguers of the Year

Catricala, 23, hit .349 (182×521) with 97 runs scored, 77 extra-base (2B – 48, 3B – 4, HR – 25) and 106 RBI in 133 games combined between A High Desert and AA Jackson. Among full season minor leaguers he ranked 2nd in extra-base hits, 3rd in hits, T3rd in doubles, T4th in batting average and T9th in RBI. He recorded 59 multi-hit games (34- High Desert, 25-Jackson), including 12 three-hit games and 3 season-high four-hit games. Catricala was named to the California League All-Star team before being promoted to Jackson on June 30. He hit safely in 52 of 62 games, while reaching base safely in 57 games with the Generals, batting .347 (83×239).

“Vinnie had an outstanding offensive season combined between High Desert and Jackson,” Zduriencik said. “He not only led the organization in many offensive categories, but was one of the top players in all of the minor leagues.

Walker, 19, who was recently named the top Midwest League prospect in 2011 by Baseball America, went 6-5 with a 2.89 ERA (31 ER, 96.2 IP) in 18 starts with A Clinton last season. He limited opponents to a .202 (69×341) average, including a .187 (34×182) vs. right-handed batters. Walker was 0-2 with a 9.95 ERA over his first two starts of the season, but went 6-3 with a 2.39 ERA (24 ER, 90.1 IP) over his last 16 starts. He recorded 7 quality starts, including tossing his first-career complete game victory on July 13 vs. Great Lakes (9.0,2,2,2,1,7,HR). Walker struck out a season-high 11 batters three times and finished with 113 strikeouts in 96.2 innings. He was amongst MWL leaders in lowest opponent average (3rd at .202), highest K/9.0 IP ratio for starters (4th at 10.52), fewest baserunners/9.0 IP for starters (5th at 10.33), strikeouts (6th with 113) and WHIP (8th at 1.12) following his final start on Aug. 10 vs. Cedar Rapids.

“Taijuan had a great year in Clinton”, Zduriencik said. “He had great command of the ball and was one of the most dominating pitchers in the Midwest League.”