The Seattle Mariners don’t have a recent history of choosing/signing young players either in the draft or as amateur free agents. When I was beginning to write this the jury out on whether or not this is the fault of general manager Jack Zduriencik or the fault of the Mariners’ minor league staff in charge of helping these players develop. It could be a bit of both, but Zduriencik was recently relieved of his duties as general manager, so it appears the team’s ownership decided it was Zduriencik’s responsibility.
Regardless of how or why the prospects in the Mariners’ farm system can’t make it in the Majors, it is something that has become a very noticeable trend. Prospects who were supposed to move up to the Majors and become cornerstone players for the organization just have not done so. Dustin Ackley, Mike Zunino and Danny Hultzen, all first round draft picks, top the list but the list continues on with name like Nick Franklin, Taijuan Walker, Brad Miller, Chris Taylor and Brandon Maurer – among others.
So when rookie Ketel Marte was called up this season it’s safe to say that most fans weren’t enthused and the media barley noticed. He definitely was not the first call-up this season, and not one of the others gave anyone anything to be excited about. However, Marte has certainly gotten himself noticed and has been a pleasant surprise for the Mariners.
To learn more about the Mariners’ rookie, Ketel Marte, check out my full post on Today’s Knuckleball using the link below: