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.

Northwest Athlete Profile: Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau

NWSB Blogger Dave B. checks in this time with a Northwest Athlete Profile of none other than Vancouver BC major leaguer Justin Morneau. He became the first Canadian to win the AL MVP award, and the second Canadian to win a major league MVP award (Larry Walker was the first, having won the NL MVP Award in 1997; Walker and Morneau were joined in 2010 by Joey Votto).