Five surprises on the Mariners minor league opening day rosters

Hopefully the top picks of recent years will pan out better than in year's past.(Photo: AP).

NWSB insider and Mariners blogger Jeff Budke brings us his take on the biggest surprises of the Mariners minor league rosters to kick off 2013. Topping the list is the delegation of Mike Zunino to Triple A Tacoma, and the separation of Seattle’s “big 3″ pitching prospects. Jeremy Bonderman earns applause for his decision to stick things out in the minors. Keep your eye on Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, and Danny Hultzen in 2013 as well.

Seattle Mariners you can actually draft in your league this year!

Happy Felix Day

NWSB Insider, Seattle Mariners blogger AND fantasy sports guru Brandon Choate brings us a list that will make fantasy baseball owners happy. With a revamped lineup, the Mariners have more than just 1 guy you count on when you draft him in your fantasy baseball league. Felix Hernandez is an obvious choice. New additions Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales should add some serious power along with Jesus Montero.

Preseason Review: Seattle Mariners top positional prospects

Mike Zunino

NWSB insider and Mariner’s writer Jon Irwin brings us his preseason review of the Mariner’s top positional prospects. The arms make the most noise in this system, but there are plenty of big bats too. Headlining the group is last year’s first rounder Mike Zunino, but don’t sleep on the underrated Stefen Romero.

Breaking down roster moves the Mariners will hate to make

Mike Zunino

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Danny Ferguson talks about the 40-man roster situation the Mariners will soon be faced with. While their 40-man is currently set, there still some room for players to either jump onto it or be cut from it. As such, the M’s are likely to let younger invitees get more opportunity in the minors before making any major changes to the roster. This really eliminates the reality of guys like Mike Zunino and Nick Franklin from seeing in major league time in 2013.

Five things to watch for at 2013 Mariners spring training

Justin Smoak, Seattle Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson gives us the top five things he’s going to watch out for at Seattle Marines Spring Training camp this year. Danny want’s to see some consistency out of M’s 1B Justin Smoak, possibly last September was a showing of what was to come from the young slugger. Miguel Montero is another question mark for Danny, he is going to be asked to carry the weight behind the plate this year, and no one knows if he’s quite ready for that yet.

2013 Cactus League: Five things I’m watching for in Peoria

Felix Hernandez Mariners

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with 5 things he is watching out for this year at Mariners spring training. Cactus League play is under a month away, and pitchers and catchers report in less than a week, and this year the M’s have a lot of question marks heading in. The outfield, first base, and the handling of Mike Zunino top the things to watch for in 2013 Mariners camp.

Mariners Jesus Montero listed on Miami PED list

Jesus Montero

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the connections between Jesus Montero and Biogenesis, an anti-aging company being investigated by the MLB for supposedly providing high-profile athletes with banned substances. Though nothing has been proven at this time, Montero’s connection to the agency is troubling and could have big ramifications for the Mariners in 2013.

A ton of positives to look forward to for the Mariners in 2013

Jesus Montero

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate brings us his reasons for not giving up on the Seattle Mariners…just yet. Despite the rough times of late, there is plenty to look forward to with all the new talent and young talent surrounding this team. Incoming players like Kendrys Morales and Jason Bay are looking to contribute while the younger players like Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley are looking to produce.

Mariners in need of a Catcher without a plethora of options

Jesus Montero

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke brings us a wish list of sorts, players who could be valid catching backups for the now limited role in Seattle. With the recent trade for Mike Morse, the M’s sent John Jaso to the Oakland A’s, leaving a whole behind the plate, while acquiring more unneeded 1B and OF personnel. Four names stood out to Jeff, and yes, one of them happens to be Miguel Olivo.

Mike Zunino: Reasonable expecations for Mariners top prospect in 2013

Mike Zunino

NWSB insider and Mariners blog Jon Irwin discussions reasonable expectations for top M’s prospect Mike Zunino. The catcher dominated the minors in a short 2012 stint, but it’s time to dial back enthusiasm. The kid still has a long way to go before he’ll be hitting bombs at the Major League level. With a promising core of young and talented players, the Seattle Mariners have one of the brightest futures in the MLB.

Offseason moves…what do the Mariners do at first base?

Dustin Ackley high fives

New NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke weighs in on the M’s 2013 options at first base. In all likelihood, Carp is quad-A player, good to great in the minors, but not quite enough against Major League pitching. Let’s assume GM Jack Zduriencik is not assuming turnarounds from either player and line up some options for the Mariners. Mike Zunino? Dustin Ackley? Mitch Moreland? Who knows…

Offseason Moves… What do the Mariners do at catcher?

Jesus Montero

New NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke weighs in on the M’s 2013 options at catcher. Powered by a young stud, a veteran, and a mountain man escaped from the woods, the Mariners have acquired a position of strength in Seattle—and the most powerful of the bunch may be developing in the minor leagues. With Jesus Montero, Miguel Olivo, John Jaso and Mike Zunino who wins out at backstop?

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