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5 Seattle Mariners Prospects Who Could Be Called Up in August

Seattle Mariners: 5 Prospects Who Could Be Called Up In August

Xavier Avery Mariners
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The Seattle Mariners are currently in a very good position just days before the MLB All-Star Break. They are firmly in the mix for the second Wild Card spot in the American League and they have a lot of emerging pieces that could help them compete down the stretch. The following five prospects could be in Seattle by August or September at the latest and can help the Mariners become relevant in Major League Baseball once again.

5. Carson Smith, RP

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5. Carson Smith, RP

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Carson Smith is a reliever with the Mariners AAA Affiliate Tacoma Rainiers. He is a power pitcher at 6-foot-6, 215 pounds and his fastball sits in the mid-90's. His slider was also rated the best in the Mariners system after the 2012 season according to Baseball America. He owns a 3.38 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 23 K's and 8 BB in 25 appearances spanning 26.2 IP. He could replace either Charlie Furbush or Yoervis Medina in the bullpen very soon.

4. Chris Taylor, SS

Chris Taylor
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4. Chris Taylor, SS

Chris Taylor
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Chris Taylor is a very talented shortstop prospect. He is a jack-of-all-trades player who hits for average and has decent power that should develop further. He has 15 homers in 247 career games and he has stolen 67 bases in his 3-year minor league career. Taylor also has a career average of .318 and an on-base percentage of .407 in the minors. He is an upgrade over Brad Miller and could be a future 15-30 guy in the majors if he stays healthy.

3. James Paxton, SP

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3. James Paxton, SP

James Paxton Mariners
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James Paxton, unlike the other guys on this list, actually has some real Major League experience. Paxton has some tools but needs to improve his changeup to reach his full peak. He throws his fastball around 95 MPH and has good command. He is rehabbing a back injury and is expected back soon after the All-Star Break. When he returns, he'll join a rotation that features Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker, Chris Young and himself.

2. Xavier Avery, OF

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2. Xavier Avery, OF

Xavier Avery Mariners
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The Mariners could use some help in the outfield as one could argue it is their weakest position right now. Avery could be part of the solution for the team. He had a brief stint with the Orioles in 2012 but nothing ever materialized for him there. However, he could help in some capacity, likely in left, as he is hitting .272 with 6 HR and 24 SB at AAA Tacoma. Endy Chavez and Dustin Ackley have been mediocre for Seattle this year as well.

1. Ty Kelly, 2B/3B/OF

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1. Ty Kelly, 2B/3B/OF

Ty Kelly Mariners
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Ty Kelly will likely find his path to the majors as an outfielder, most likely in right field. He can hit for average and is capable of stealing the occasional base, although it's not a big part of his game. He has struck out 59 times in 283 AB and has drawn 58 walks, showing he has some patience in his approach. He has hit 12 HR and has 58 RBIs to go along with a .276 AVG. He could potentially push Michael Saunders soon.

Will Gellman is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.