NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us two players who are poised to break out during the 2014 MLB season. The Freak from Goose Creek (Justin Smoak) came to the Mariners in 2010 when the team dealt co-ace Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers. Kyle Cease was once known as “the other guy” alongside Dustin Ackley, but now he has a chance to make a name for himself. Could we see Jacoby Ellsbury in our future?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us the things he needs to see most from the M’s this year, in a letter to skipper Eric Wedge. Not only does he want to see the Big 3 advance to the MLB roster, he also wants to see Justin Smoak become the player he was promised to be. But on top of everything, he wants Eric Wedge to take some accountability and show some emotion to us fans. It is us who is the reason that he has his job in the first place.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on why its not right to give up on Mariners underachieving Justin Smoak. Danny points out there is no doubt that he working from a base of natural strength. The guy has a real girth to his legs to be able to drive the ball he says. Can Smoak see well enough to realize his days are numbered unless there is a change? Danny says he can. He believes in Justin Smoak.
Mariners insider Danny Ferguson brings us the Weekly Seattle Mariners notebook. This week with Steve Delabar heading to Tacoma and Stephen Pryor being promoted to the big leagues. The 2012 MLB draft starts today and many are speculating as to how the M’s will use their number 3 pick. Most of the talk centers around a young Florida Gators catcher named Mike Zunino.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson points out over the offseason, the Mariners repeatedly indicated the team wish list to improve and compete in the AL West. A left handed reliever, a catcher, and a veteran presence. Danny now questions why the Mariners would NOT want to pursue Johnny Damon. Is it money? His value in that case alone could make him worth picking up.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson tells us during 2012 MLB spring training that the M’s are likely trying to play a different type of ball where players have more versatility and therefore more value within the organization. He asks do we really know where Dustin Ackley, Mike Carp, Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager, Chone Figgins, Carlos Guillen, Alex Liddi and Francesco Martinez should be playing come opening day?
NWSB insider Brandon Choate breaks out his crystal ball today and makes a bold prediction. He is predicting the Seattle Mariners 2012 starting rotation to include Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hisashi Iwakuma, Blake Beavan and Kevin Millwood. The mix of youth and age will prove to be nothing but helpful for the young Mariners team heading into the season.