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

FanFest fun…

Pretty cool that those of us who couldn’t make to FanFest could watch some of the happenings live online – here are some of the highlights…

Dugout Dialogue | Day ONE

  • Wedge may move Ichiro out of lead-off spot
  • League looks to improve all his pitches
  • Jesus happy to be here, wanst to continue to improve and have fun
  • Carp just wants to hit
  • Hultzen just wants to put his team in a position to win
  • Walker and Paxton want to face Pujols
  • Jack Z “put your arms around these kids, cuz you’re going to see them for awhile”
  • Bone may be back in uniform in the not-too-distant future!

Dugout Dialogue | Day TWO

  • Vargas seems to be taking a leadership role
  • Montero on his number selection
  • Olivo excited about all the young talent
  • Robinson looking forward to playing hard
  • Ryan glad to be healthy again
  • Iwakuma says American ball won’t be a problem
  • Wedge sticking with the plan
  • Brandon anxious to get back to “work” after a winter of rehab
  • Wells has a goal to be an All-Star

All three are first-round Draft picks. Hultzen was the No. 2 overall selection last year out of Virginia, while Paxton and Walker were supplemental picks — Paxton going 37th overall in ’09 to the Blue Jays before sitting out a year and Walker going 43rd overall to Seattle in 2010.

All three are ranked among the Top 100 prospects in baseball for 2012 by Hultzen at 16, Walker at 18 and Paxton at 77.

And all three have been invited to the Mariners Major League camp. Pitchers and catchers report to Peoria on Feb. 11.

bye-bye Erik and Josh (we hardly knew you) Fields

Just prior to the game today, word was trickling in about a deal including Erik Bedard.  It wasn’t until about the 2nd inning that the details of the latest, and last, deadline deal became known…

Seattle sent Bedard and right-handed Minor League reliever Josh Fields to Boston. In return, the Mariners received Triple-A outfielder Trayvon Robinson from the Dodgers and Double-A outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang from the Red Sox.The Red Sox, who initially acquired Robinson to make the deal happen, sent Minor League catcher Tim Federowicz, righty Juan Rodriguez and right-hander Stephen Fife to the Dodgers.

Looks like some interesting hitters added to the M’s org…
~Robinson .293 BA w/ 26 HR, 6 3B, 9 2B, 45 BB and 71 RBI in 100 games in AAA Albuquerque
~Chiang .338 BA w/ 18 HR, 4 3B, 36 2B, 25 BB and 76 RBI in 87 games in AA Portland

You go, Jack Z!