Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

MLB Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners’ Spring Training: Ranking the Top 5 Early Standouts

1 of 6

Seattle Mariners’ Spring Training: Ranking the Top 5 Early Standouts

Dustin Ackley Seattle Mariners
Getty Images

Even this early during Spring Training, just in the first week of games, there seems to be a tendency of some to predict and even perhaps enjoy problems for the Seattle Mariners. They have had their share of early injuries to key players; there is no doubt of that fact. Still, not everything is doom and gloom there either. Actually a few of their players are really putting up some great work thus far.

For a team trying to make the type of quick turnaround like that the Mariners are attempting, the spring actually matters a great deal. The Houston Astros would be in the same boat but in a less important way because their turnaround is slow by design. The Mariners want to win this season and they want it badly enough to go out and pay a giant load of money to their second baseman.

While that kind of thing makes some fans of other teams cross their arms and smirk while hoping for zero success, it also has the potential of real results. Robinson Cano is not the only player the Mariners added after all and if every single piece added and brought back does their job, it could be a surprisingly good season for this team. A handful of them are doing great things right now though.

For those who want the Mariners’ attempt to buy a World Series to fail miserably, you might not want to look at this. This is the ranking of the five best performers during Spring Training. While this does not guarantee a single thing it certainly does give the team and their fans something to point to while hoping it transfers over to the regular season. Leave a comment below if you feel inspired to do so.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


Seattle Mariners 2014 Spring Training Profile: Robinson Cano

MLB Rumors: Chris Capuano Targeted as Stop-Gap for Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners 2014 Spring Training Profile: Dustin Ackley

2 of 6

5 – Mike Zunino

Mike Zunino Spring Training
Getty Images

This could be the year that Zunino really takes a huge step forward if his early spring numbers are any indication. For sure he should have a little more support from those players around him that are playing well. His spring numbers of a .444 batting average, 2 RBI and 3 doubles look very good for sure.

3 of 6

4 – James Paxton

James Paxton Spring Training
Getty Images

Paxton isn’t the highest ranking man on this list but with the season-delaying injuries to Taijuan Walker and Hisashi Iwakuma looming larger, he definitely is the most important. All he has done so far in 2 starts is to give up 2 hits on zero runs in a handful of innings. That is more than nothing with the starting staff looking a little thin right now.

4 of 6

3 – Nate Tenbrink

Nate Tenbrink Spring Training
Getty Images

Tenbrink is likely to start the regular season with Triple-A but he is certainly getting his name out there with a .455 batting average, 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Don’t forget the 1.364 OPS as well which is very promising. Of course this team is looking to win at all costs so don’t be surprised if you see this kid on the roster soon if he keeps this up during the spring.

5 of 6

2 – Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano Spring Training
Getty Images

This is Cano’s way of sticking it to all those who are hoping he slumps this season I guess. Through 5 games Cano has posted a .500 batting average, 1.038 OPS and 3 RBI. He is only getting started but for now it looks like all those thinking and maybe hoping for a slump could be disappointed.

6 of 6

1 – Dustin Ackley

Dustin Ackley Seattle Mariners
Getty Images

This is an important man this season. If this week is a good sample for Ackley this looks like a very good year indeed. His .462 batting average, 1 home run and 6 RBI so far are extremely promising to say the very least. The 1.423 OPS is the best on the team so far and it would be very good if that continued.