NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate brings us his May 17th edition of Seattle Mariners Love em & Hate em. Brandon loves the fact that both Felix Hernandez AND Hisashi Iwakuma are at the top of the pitching class in the AL while he is really down on Brendan Ryan and Robert Andino. Can we see Nick Franklin in Seattle sooner than later? And yes, Brandon made a Chone Figgins reference. He apologizes.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us a piece that questions managements decision to keep the uber talented Nick Franklin down at AAA Tacoma while the starters are struggling. It’s not a secret that Brendan Ryan never brought his bat from St. Louis with him. And it seems that Robert Andino’s must have gotten lost in transport from Baltimore as well. But there is a kid that has been on the list of top prospects for a long time playing some good ball down in Tacoma. Nick Franklin.
NWSB Insider Brandon Choate brings us his weekly Fantasy Baseball recap of your Seattle Mariners. The pitchers headlined the dominant performances this week, with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma combining for 4 wins and Tom Wilhelmsen adding 2 saves. Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager did their part at the plate while many did not.
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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson is back this week to analyze the trade between the M’s and the O’s involving Trayvon Robinson & Robert Andino. He points out the good thing about Andino is that he can play multiple positions, he seems comfortable starting as well as working off the bench. His career batting average is .235, which is decent for a backup infielder role.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with his top 5 things that need to be addressed this offseason. Big bats are needed for the Mariners in 2013, the walls are coming in, and the biggest bat on the market is Josh Hamilton. The back end of the rotation is in need of repair, and there are two capable prospects ready to make the jump. 1b is another big spot, time to get Jesus Montero a glove and get him some fielding drills.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the MLB breaking news this week on the trading of Trayvon Robinson for Robert Andino. With a surplus of outfielders, and a lack of depth in the middle infield, this is a trade purely for depths sake. In his career, Andino has played second, third, shortstop, left and centerfield.