Prospect Watch: A look at bats on the rise for the Seattle Mariners

Francisco Martinez, Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the Seattle Mariners farm system in his second prospects report. Today he covers hitting, going over how prospect hitters Francisco Martinez, Nick Franklin and newly drafted Mike Zunino should fare coming up through the minor league system.

Moments in time…Danny’s Seattle Mariners from A-Z

Chone Figgins

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson gives us his Mariners from A to Z. Not for the weak at heart, this could only be written by a fan such as Danny who has witnessed the few ups, and mostly downs of the past 35 years of Mariners baseball. From the bad moves of Nintendo, to the glorious My Oh My call of the late great Dave Niehaus, Danny gives it all to you, laid out like a fan obsessed.

Mariners developing center field debacle: Gutierrez vs. Saunders

Franklin Gutierrez

New NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jared Galde tells us a little bit about the MLB center field position today. He asks the million dollar question. Has Michael Saunders earned the starting center field spot in Franklin Gutierrez’s absence? After a slow start, Saunders batting average is .330. What Gutierrez provides defensively in center field is undeniable.

2012 Mariners MLB Draft: Seattle picks & draft overview

Patrick Kivlehan is a big 3B with a big bat (photo scarletknoghts.com)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with his overview of the top ten players selected in the 2012 MLB first player draft by the Seatlle Mariners. Don’t expect many of these players to make it to the show, especially the way that Jack Zduriencik likes to deal prospects. Mike Zunino, a catcher who hits a ton, and calls a mean game as well, is heir apparent for the M’s starting catching duties as soon as he is available.

Seattle Mariners 2012 draft profile: Florida Gators Mike Zunino

With an above average and defense to boot, Zunino will be the future of the Mariners. (photo mlbdraftinsider.com)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve tells us why he’s so high on Mariners number one draft pick Mike Zunino. The reigning SEC player of the year, Zunino hits like Carlton Fisk, but has the knowledge of Mariners great Dan Wilson behind the plate. Watch out Jesus Montero, Zunino’s coming! Steve gives you the numbers behind Zunino’s game, and tells you he will be an important part of this orginazation moving forward.

Seattle Mariners rant time! You know what really ticks me off?

If Ken Griffey Jr. was expendable, so are 99% of these guys

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us what really ticks him off about the Seattle Mariners. The only good thing management has done is not sold the team to some jerk in Oklahoma City. Ichiro Suzuki, and Felix Hernandez may need to be used as trade bait at the deadline. And it’s time to cut our losses with Chone Figgins and Brendan Ryan.

Mariners profiles: Justin Smoak under the spotlight

Justin Smoak, Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve brings us a good piece on the M’s today. First baseman and Goose Creek, South Carolina native Justin Smoak is under the spotlight. Justin Smoak is not comfortable in a MLB batter’s box. For the first time in his life, he is not excelling at the one thing that brought him joy.

Jack & Eric please read! Mariners roster moves need to happen now!

Shawn Kelley, Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson weigh in with a message for Mariners GM Jack Zdrunzik and skipper Eric Wedge M’s fans, like them or hate them Danny want to hear from you. Give him your M’s roster suggestions below in the comments section. Danny will respond, let’s get the debate going. Call up Shawn Kelley, move Hector Noesi to the pen.

Mariners Profiles: Michael Saunders under the spotlight

Michael Saunders Mariners Profile

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve brings us a good piece on the M’s today. Center fielder and Victoria BC Canada native Michael Saunders is under the spotlight. When the Mariners did select him in 11th round, the thought was maybe he could develop into a fourth outfielder at best, with a knack for speed and using his glove as his biggest asset. It’s not everyday an 11th round pick ascends to the major leagues.

Konnichiwa MLB season: Mariners take on A’s in Japan to open 2012 season

Mariners in Japan

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us let’s not forget the real reason why we are all turning our attention to Japan. Opening day! The happiest day of the year! And for us Mariners fans, especially of late, a chance to relish the thought of not trailing the Angels and Rangers, even if it is short lived. A homecoming in order for Ichiro Suzuki, Hishashi Iwakuma, and Munenori Kawasaki.

What do you think Mariners fans…Johnny Damon to Seattle?

Johnny Damon Mariners?

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.

Vinnie Catricala offers the 2012 Seattle Mariners a new vision

Vinnie Catricala

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson points out the one bright point was the Mariners minor league player of the year in 2011, 23 year old, Vinnie Catricala. Vinnie played in two leagues last year, starting off for A High Dessert before being promoted to AA Jackson Generals. If there is one thing that the Mariners need, it is offense. By the end of 2011 his batting average leveled off to a mere .349.