NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners insider, Brian Scott, discusses the concerns about Felix Hernandez’s sub par spring training– Should we be worried about the King? The fact that Hernandez is so good with his changeup gives you hope as he enters what has to be considered the 2nd half of his career– the over 30 years old part. It’s baseball scout rule #1 folks– arms get slower as they get older.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a look at the development of Taijuan Walker. Is he finally ready to break out? We’ve heard the talk about Taijuan Walker, the former first round draft pick from Shreveport. He’s the latest M’s pitcher to be praised with scouting reports that describe his arm as electric, his stuff as nasty and his potential as limitless.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, takes a look at the battle between lefty relievers in the M’s bullpen this spring. Charlie Furbush is going to be the first lefty out of the bullpen for the Mariners so that leaves just one spot and it’s David Rollins, Lucas Luetge, Tyler Olson, Rafael Perez, and Joe Saunders left to fight over the coveted spot on the M’s 25 man roster.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at the Seattle Mariners spring training battle for the shortstop position– First of all, Miller has a bit more power in that bat than Taylor does. We’ve seen his power last year and we’ve seen it a bit already during spring training this year. Miller is fully capable of putting up 15-20 homers if he can keep it together for a whole season.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott looks at Seattle Mariners players who are the bubble of making the 25 man roster. Five starting pitchers, eight guys on the field, one DH, and seven guys in the bullpen. That’s 21 names on the roster right there. Throw in a backup catcher and that leaves room for just 3 platoons which I already mentioned. Can Bloomie squeeze in somehow, someplace? Maybe, if you eliminate one platoon but I just don’t see any other way.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott gives us his five bold M’s predictions for 2015– It’s true. The M’s are the sexy pick to win the AL West in 2015. When is the last time anyone thought that? 2002, maybe? Think about it for a minute. Their pitching is as good if not better than last year in terms of the rotation and the bullpen. Adding Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, Rickie Weeks, and Justin Ruggiano offensive has to buy at least few more runs and eventual wins than the package we had last year, right?
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott highlights the catching position for the 2015 Seattle Mariners– John Baker is a classic example of the wily, old, veteran catcher that teams sign to “mature kids”. Think Crash Davis although Baker has a lot more big league experience than the 21 days Crash once spent in the show not carrying his own bags, hitting white balls at batting practice, while admiring all the ladies with long legs and brains.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners writer Brian Scott gives us a look at which M’s will breakout in the 2015 season. I always look for guys coming into a contract year to have a big year. There is just something about playing for a big, new contract that tends to motivate players in those situations. Nelson Cruz and his 40 homers last year are a perfect example of just that very thing.
NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners insider Brian Scott highlights the positional battles to watch during the Mariners 2015 Spring Training. Gutierrez is another interesting name to consider. We all know what “Death To Flying Things” can do out there in the outfield and he’s a pretty solid .270 kind of bat too. Of course to get those things out of Gutierrez you need one important thing to happen– You need him to not be on the DL.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott breaks down the Tom Wilhelmsen contract stalemate with the Mariners. Look, I rarely take the side of ownership in these kinds of disputes but I really think Whilhelmsen is reaching here. You can’t expect to be paid for something you lost. In this case, Tom lost his role as closer when he lost his command and the M’s went out and signed a big money guy in Fernando Rodney to take that role.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott takes a look at the Mariners battle for the 5th spot in the rotation. We know Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma will make up the first and second spots in the rotation. McClendon went on the record last week and stated “We didn’t bring J.A. Happ here to pitch out of the bullpen” so I that pretty much settles that, Happ is in the rotation. McClendon didn’t name the fourth starter but he certainly hinted that it was likely James Paxton’s job to lose and I think it’s a very safe bet that Paxton won’t be losing that spot. That brings us to that fifth spot in the rotation, the spot vacated when the Mariners decided to not re-sign veteran free agent pitcher Chris Young.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott weighs in on the Franklin Gutierrez talks: In 2013 Gutierrez appeared in just 41 games. In 2012 it was just 40 games. In 2011 he was a bit healthier an managed 92 games. Gutierrez last played a full season (152 games) way back in 2010.
With all of that missed time, what are the Mariners thinking here?