By Jordan Wevers @JordanWevers on April 23, 2014
The Sporting News ranked the Seattle Mariners as having the 12th best farm system in MLB in 2014. In 2013, they were ranked 2nd. The call-ups of Brad Miller, Nick Franklin and Mike Zunino have been premature but necessary, because the Mariners' lineup lacks Big League ready bats. Now, 4-of-5 top prospects are pitchers, which is not welcoming news considering the Mariners are collectively hitting .222 as a team so far this year.
Danny Hultzen is 24 and has yet to pitch in the Major Leagues. He played college ball for the Virginia Cavaliers, and has a 2.82 career ERA in the minors. He had major shoulder surgery on Oct. 1, 2013. Hultzen will not pitch in 2014.
Victor Sanchez is only 19 years old. and will not turn 20 until 2015. He moved his way up through two levels of A ball from 2012-13, increasing his number of innings pitched, while improving his ERA and K/BB ratios in both seasons. If he continues to trend upward and seizes the opportunity in 2014 with the AA Jackson Generals, he could debut for the Mariners sometime in late 2015 or have a chance to make the squad out of Spring Training in 2016.
James Paxton was excellent in his first two starts in 2014 for the Mariners, but like their No. 1 prospect, staying healthy is an issue. Paxton injured his lat in early April and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. The Mariners need his arm, but are not likely to see it again until late May or early June.
D.J. Peterson was beaned by a ball last August, resulting in a fractured jaw. He put up nice numbers through two levels of A baseball before the incident. In 208 ABs, he hit .303 with 13 HR and 47 RBI. Now healthy and 22 years old, his bat is a plus, but his fielding leaves something to be desired. He may have to make a move to first base or the outfield if the Mariners come calling, which could be in September according to some scouts.
Walker looked ready for The Show with his small sample size in 2013. Set to make the rotation out of Spring Training this year, he suffered a shoulder injury and opened the season on the DL. He has since had a setback. Only 21, Walker has a high ceiling. But he is not useful to the Mariners' organization with an ice pack around his shoulder, and right now, Seattle needs all the help they can get.
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