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Seattle Mariners Top 2014 Prospects: Stock Update For 5 Best Players

Seattle Mariners Top 2014 Prospects: Stock Update For 5 Best Players

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Gabriel Guerrero, the nephew of Vladimir Guerrero, is ranked No. 6 and is on the verge of cracking the Mariners' top five prospect list. The 20-year-old is having a strong season right now in High-A ball, and is a potential budding superstar. Here is how the stock sits with Seattle's five most prized commodities.

5. Chris Taylor, SS - Stock Up

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5. Chris Taylor, SS - Stock Up

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Since being called up to replace Brad Miller as the everyday shortstop for the M's on July 24, Taylor has slashed .367/.407/.469 and made only three errors in 126 innings logged on defense. What took Lloyd McClendon so long to give this kid a shot?

4. James Paxton, SP - Stock Up

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4. James Paxton, SP - Stock Up

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Paxton is on the rise strictly because he is healthy again and can finally rejoin the Mariners' rotation. He's only made two starts since coming off the DL, but his season ERA of 2.38 with a 2-0 record shows promise moving forward.

3. D.J. Peterson, 3B - Stock Down

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3. D.J. Peterson, 3B - Stock Down

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Peterson was crushing high-A pitching and played in the MLB Futures All-Star Game against Guerrero in July. Since his promotion to double-A, it appears he's having trouble getting acclimatized. He's still hitting consistently for power, but his average has dropped 71 full points to .255 and his OBP has dropped a whopping 200 points to .797.

2. Alex Jackson, C/RF - Stock Up

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2. Alex Jackson, C/RF - Stock Up

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The 18-year-old was selected sixth overall in this year's amateur draft. Right now, Jackson is playing rookie ball in Arizona and slashing a very respectable .289/.333/.500. Scouts believe he will be a legitimate middle-of-the-batting-order guy at the major-league level in the years to come.

1. Taijuan Walker, SP - Stock Down

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1. Taijuan Walker, SP - Stock Down

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Walker has been bouncing back and forth between triple-A and MLB in 2014. He has been unable to work deep into games when with the Mariners and his command has been an issue. His 4.91 ERA in 11 starts with Tacoma does not befit his talent or the organization's expectations of him either.