A Couple Of Surprises
With just an hour before the regular season gets underway lets look at the Seattle Mariners finalized 25 man roster. Here’s a quick run down of who made the cut, who’s headed to AAA and who the surprises are.
The biggest surprise here, unless you were keeping a close eye on spring training games, is 25 year old Elias making the team. This spring in 17.2 innings the lefty from Cuba allowed just 4 runs on 12 hits.
He held opponents to a .194 batting average while doing so.
Elias has never pitched above the AA level. Even if it’s only until Taijuan Walker and/or Hisashi Iwakuma return from the DL it’s nice to see a guy like Elias get a shot in the Bigs. He certainly earned this chance.
Maurer continues to progress from back issues and is also headed to the minors.
Making the team are right handers Fernando Rodney, Danny Farquhar, Tom Wilhelmsen, Yoervis Medina and Hector Noesi along with left handers Charlie Furbush and Joe Beimel. Rodney will be the closer. Farquhar and Medina will set him up. Wilhelmsen will handle middle relief chores.
Beimel and Furbush will pitch in lefty situations and Noesi will be the long man.
It’s a little surprising that Noesi made the team given his spring but he is out of minor league options which means he would have had to clear waivers to be sent to the minors. That fact resulted in Lucas Luetge and Zach Miner both being sent down to start the season.
Justin Smoak, Robinson Cano, Brad Miller, Kyle Seager, Willie Bloomquist, and Logan Morrison will make up the infield squad. Miller has officially won the job at shortstop. He had a very strong spring batting .439 with 4 Homers and 10 RBIs.
The loser of the SS battle, Nick Franklin, is headed to AAA. Rumors persist about his trade but I really don’t think it will happen given the M’s have informed him he will play shortstop at AAA.
Dustin Ackley, Abraham Almonte, Michael Saunders, Corey Hart, and Stefen Romero are the M’s outfielders this year. While these are the guys on the roster it’s still unclear who will be the regulars. Ackley will see most of the time in left. Hart will play right as his knees and sore forearm allow.
If Hart can’t go, look for Saunders in right and Almonte in center.
Endy Chavez had already been sent to AAA after a solid spring.
The most interesting addition here is young Stefen Romero. The M’s spent most of the offseason looking for a right handed power hitter via free agency. It turns out they had one all along lurking around in the minor leagues in Romero.
Young Romero battled his way onto the roster with a solid spring at the plate batting .291.
That’s a nice average put it’s the power numbers that really won him a roster spot.
Of his 16 hits this spring he had 3 doubles, 2 triples and 4 home runs. That puts his slugging % at .636 and his OPS at .952. Impressive to say the least.
How much time he see in right is still a question mark though.
Are More Moves Coming?
It’s entirely possible. The M’s only have 2 lefties in the bullpen and McClendon had talked earlier this spring about wanting 3. A deal or a free agent signing could happen there.
The M’s rotation is very green behind Hernandez. If anyone struggles and Walker or Iwakuma is delayed in their return from the DL, a move for another starter is certainly possible.
Other notes would be that Beimel and Elias had to be added to the 40-man roster in order for them to make the team.
That results in shortstop Carlos Triunfel and outfielder Xavier Avery being designated for assignment to make room.