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This is not the number two prospect you expected to see today. That will instead come on Monday (hooray suspense!). Today, I decided to put up a watchlist of twenty guys that I’m keeping tabs on this summer, any of whom could jump in to the top 20 next year depending on how they perform.
It needs to be noted that these guys are listed in no particular order. The only sorting of any kind to this list is who I thought of first. Not all of them are full-on legit prospects, but they could at least be fringe major league talents or useful pieces if things fall right for them.
James Paxton, LHP: Continue reading
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Per Conor Glassey of Baseball America, Mariners LHP James Paxton will make his professional debut tonight for the Clinton LumberKings.
Paxton, a fourth round draft pick in 2010, didn’t sign until after Spring Training began. While the reports on his spring performance were impressive, the organization decided to hold him back from a full-season assignment right off the bat in order to build his arm strength and let him tune things up before assigning him. Now he’s been deemed ready, and is headed for the Midwest League.
Whether or not Paxton starts tonight is not yet known. Tonight’s starter for the LumberKings is currently listed as Seon Gi Kim, but the move has not yet been officially announced. Even if Kim does start tonight, Paxton could be in line for several innings, as the young Korean has yet to crack 5 1/3 innings pitched in any of his starts so far this year. As soon as I have more information, including the roster move to make room for Paxton on the roster, I’ll bring it to you.
UPDATE: The move is now official. Paxton has been added to the roster and will be starting for the LumberKings tonight in place of Kim. LHP Jason Markowitz was promoted to High Desert, creating the hole that Paxton has now filled. The full text of the press release is at the end of the post.
As this is a website that focuses on the minor league system of the Seattle Mariners, I felt it would be a good idea to help familiarize you with some of the players in the organization. By that, I don’t just mean with them as prospects, players, and stat lines. I mean as who they are, both on and off the field.
To do that, I’ll be doing interviews with some of the players as I can. The first in this series, done with current Clinton OF Kevin Rivers, was originally done about two months ago, so some of the information is pre-Spring Training. I’m currently working on lining up some more, so hopefully will have new ones for you soon.
Kevin was one of the leaders of the 2010 NWL Champion Everett AquaSox, enjoying good success at the plate as well as helping his team-mates out away from it. It was common to see him taking guys aside during BP and between innings and giving them pointers for one thing or another, and on Opening Day this year he was seen working as the LumberKings’ first base coach as their manager was away for a personal reason. If his playing career doesn’t work out, don’t be surprised at all if Kevin pops up as a coach or manager somewhere.
Conor Dowley (MFR): Thanks for joining us, Kevin. Still enjoying the afterglow of winning the Northwest League title last year? Continue reading