By Jordan Wevers @JordanWevers on July 4, 2014
Every year baseball has its breakouts, its disappointments and a wide array of other worthwhile storylines to follow. The Seattle Mariners are playing very well as the All-Star break looms, and there are a host of reasons why. Here are the organization's biggest surprises so far in 2014 coming out of the Pacific Northwest.
Cano is a large reason behind the success of his team. Most of his numbers are exceptional, but he makes this list due to a downturn in his power numbers. Moving from Yankee Stadium to Safeco Field, some regression was inevitable. But six home runs right now is a far cry from the pace he set in 2013 when he hit 27. Cano is still the cream of the crop at his position, but it would be nice to see him with a higher SLG percentage and more HRs.
With early setbacks to James Paxton and Taijuan Walker, Chris Young has been a godsend for the Mariners' rotation. Roenis Elias could also get consideration in this spot, but Young's 3.11 ERA and 8-4 record trump Elias' 7-6 record with a 3.96 ERA. Young has typically also been plagued with injuries throughout his career, so his health has also been a welcomed surprise.
A veteran journeyman who has never really been stellar in the past, Beimel epitomizes the overall success of his bullpen this season which has translated to success later on in games for the Mariners. His ERA of 1.40 is far and away the lowest of any relief pitcher in Seattle. 2014 has been a career year so far for the 37-year-old.
Seager is not a huge surprise. The organization has high expectations of him, and his 2013 numbers hinted at a possible breakout year. Right now, Seager is second in all of MLB at his position in RBIs (59), tied for third in HRs (13) and is hitting .283. He is a bona fide All-Star, and the Mariners will be more than pleased if his current efforts continue in the second half.
No. 99 has been exceptional for the Mariners this year. Abraham Almonte soon fizzled out atop the lineup and in center field. Enter jones, who is a career .282 hitter in the minors. In less than 60 games, Jones finds himself tied for 11th in the league in SBs with 17. He has also been a stable source of runs out of the two-hole. Pair all these things with the fact that he is hitting .293, and Jones has been a very pleasant surprise indeed.
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