NWSB writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, spotlights Jesus Montero’s chances to make the Seattle Mariners 25 man roster this spring– Even with numbers like that at AAA, Dipoto still though it necessary to challenge the young first baseman and brought in Lee to compete with him for the bench/platoon role at first. For Montero, this spring will be the most important ever in his career as a result.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, starts to compile what the M’s new opening day lineup card could look like under new GM, Jerry Dipoto– The insertion of Adam Lind into the mix actually bumps Seager down in the order in my mind against right handed pitching. Lind’s .380 OB% vs righties is huge and really protects Cruz and Cano from the intentional walk while providing the same kind of power Seager produces.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, shares his analysis of the M’s first trade under new GM Jerry Dipoto– At the plate, Powell is something you don’t typically find in the minor leagues—a patient hitter. One of the things you have to take note of with Jerry Dipoto as your GM is that he’s going to stress metrics, i.e. he wants guys who get on base a lot, and quite honestly, he doesn’t care if it’s a hit or a walk.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, reviews the Seager vs Weaver confrontation and notes what it means for both players– In one of the more colorful moments of his career, Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners third baseman, dared to ask the home plate umpire for time out and time out was granted. For Seager, this was nothing new as he routinely asks for time as he sets his feet in the batter’s box. For Angel’s pitcher, Jared Weaver, apparently this was an affront to him and his routine.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, looks at the moves that led to the firing of the Seattle Mariners GM, Jack Zduriencik– Ultimately the failure by Jack and his staff to draft well was their undoing. The Mariners only have Kyle Seager to point to as a successful draft choice during Jack’s run. The rest of the list includes names of injured players, failed players, or those still struggling to find their way through the minor leagues. Danny Hultzen, Dustin Ackley and Mike Zunino all come to mind on this list.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners’ Insider, Brian Scott, wonders why Dustin Ackley is still in Seattle– If you cut Ackley, you can recall Jesus Montero. His numbers in AAA (.306/.341/.468) on top of everything he has done to transform himself physically back into a baseball player certainly warrants a second chance. Defensively, all Montero has to do is DH. Nelson Cruz has been far better in right field than anyone could have dreamed and Brad Miller, Seth Smith, and Justin Ruggiano can all play left.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider, Brian Scott, addresses Nelson Cruz’s success and more changes the Mariners need to make– Cruz has mashed 14 homers already and we are just barely into May. I suppose it’s fool hardy to think that Cruz can maintain this kind of torrid power pace but it’s entirely possible he could be the first player in nearly 20 years to hit 40 homers while wearing Mariner blue and teal.
NWSB Writer and Seattle Mariners Insider Brian Scott dives into the Seattle Mariners roster. Who will make the 25? Are the M’s a complete roster at this point? You have to have a backup catcher. It’s a given and Sucre is getting the nod. Bloomquist is healthy, under contract and is a wonderful bench player so I think his spot is safe. With the platoon situations in right field and at short you wind up with a four man bench.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in on the year that was for the M’s. The Mariners started off the year with a bang as they beat up on the Angels early posting 16 runs in the season’s first two games. The Angels unfortunately had the last laugh as they went on to capture the AL West crown. Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Fernando Rodney were outstanding in 2014.
4 Players Ready But Is There Room? The beginning of the week began with a bang for the Seattle Mariners as they made chopped clams out of the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox. At the same time, however, several of their key players were down in Tacoma proving that they were healthy and ready […]
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott breaks Justin Smoak on the DL and struggling with a sore quad muscle — and Corey Hart already there. It was easy to understand why the Seattle Mariners made two of their more recent roster moves in bringing up Logan Morrison and Jesus Montero.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott takes a look at some potential trade partners for the M’s. Despite signing Robinson Cano and others this offseason, the team still has needs. The New York Yankees could help fill those needs if the Mariners are willing to part with Dustin Ackley.