Spring Training Begins in Peoria
This week the Seattle Mariners began their Spring Training at their facility in Peoria, Arizona. This means that we are in the phase of the spring where we are getting pictures and videos of prospects in big league camp. We are seeing videos of bullpens, live at bats, batting practice, and much more. Here are some of the top highlights so far.
First off is a Bryce Miller live at-bat.
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 16, 2023
Emerson Hancock was also throwing live.
Hancock with a strikeout of Jose Caballero pic.twitter.com/skUSLAzNI3
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Here are some photos of some minor league pitchers throwing bullpens.
Heat in the desert 🔥 #SeaUsRise pic.twitter.com/RpvxPW2JZO
— Mariners Player Development (@MsPlayerDev) February 17, 2023
Mariners Draft Spotlight
Now that college baseball is returning this week, we will look at one of the top college shortstops in the upcoming draft, who might be a player the Mariners could target if they could float him down the draft board or if he slides. That shortstop is the son of former MLB veteran and Mariners shortstop Jack Wilson, Jacob Wilson. Jacob Wilson is the starting shortstop at Grand Canyon University, and he is an elite hitter.
Last season for GCU, the righty slashed .358/.418/.585 in 59 games. He also hit 12 home runs and 14 doubles. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Wilson is that he only struck out 7 times in 275 at bats last year, and walked 25 times. He puts the bat on the ball a lot, and that plays well with his skill set. MLB Pipeline grades hit future hit tool as a potential 65.
Other than that he is graded pretty average, but if he can hit then he will play in the big leagues someday more than likely. Prospects Live praised the soon to be 21-year-old, “Wilson checks a ton of boxes and is a very popular figure among his peers and evaluators.” He would certainly be a fun player to see in the Mariners organization if they can get the chance to draft him.
Mariners Prospects in the News
Daniel Kramer highlights six young pitchers that you should be keeping an eye on this Spring Training.
Keith Law over at The Athletic ranked his top 20 Mariners prospects.
To watch college baseball on this opening weekend, check out the Prospects Live College Baseball Watch Guide.
Curtis Christianson is the Athletic Director at Concordia Christian Academy. He also works in the Tacoma Rainiers clubhouse during the baseball season.
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