My oh My! Top play of the week for the Seattle Mariners

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us to him the best “MY oh MY” play of the week had to be the MLB debut made by Taijuan Walker on Friday night against the Houston Astros. Tai shut down the Stros for 5 innings, not giving up an earned run in the process. The M’s got out of there with a 7-1 victory in part of POTW runner up performance by Dustin Ackley. It’s nice to feel good about this team every once in a while isn’t it?

Bartender heading back to school: Wilhelmsen to AAA

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NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Tom Wilhelmsen’s move to AAA Tacoma. At times appearing to still have the magic from 2012, Wilhelmsen, for the most part, has been a major disappointment in 2013. Currently boasting a 4.37 ERA in 47 appearances this year, he just doesn’t have the look/feel of a dominating closer anymore. Whether or not this has to do with the league adjusting to his style of pitching remains to be seen, but the biggest difference between 2012 and 2013 has been his command. Read on for more analysis on the move.

Who is the next youngster coming up in September?

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Brand new NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Brian Scott takes a look at the top 3 players on his radar to get the call up come September. Carlos Peguaro, Abraham Almonte and the young phenom himself, Taijuan Walker. Two of these players may be wishful thinking as they aren’t on the 40 man roster, but it sure would be nice to see them in Mariners uniforms finally.

Mariners have a good thing going at the top of the order

Miller has done well in his first stint with the club. Expect him to fill the two-hole next year.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate brings us an uplifting reminder for Mariners fans. While Mike Zunino started it off, the call ups of Brad Miller and Nick Franklin make the youth movement real in Seattle. Both Miller and Franklin lit up the minor leagues and are off to good starts in the majors. Let’s hope the rest of the Mariners take note. Let the youth movement commence. Kudos, Jack Z.

Friday Game 1 Angels vs. Mariners press box notes

Saunders is like Harang for me. Meh.

NWSB Mariners Blogger and our resident Insider the man we call INSIDER Steve is back from Safeco today with pre game coverage of game 1 vs. the Angels. Steve reports from inside the Clubhouse at Safeco. Nick Franklin will be out of tonight’s game still nursing the sore knee that was injured in Cincinnati. The Mariners have sent down RHP Blake Beavan to AAA Tacoma, and RHP Erasmo Ramirez to A Everett.

Three M’s in AAA to keep your eye on for fall call-ups

Paxton should be the first prospect to make the jump (Roger Peterson/mlb.com)

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his three players from the Tacoma Rainiers who he thinks will make an appearance for the Mariners before the end of the year. With plenty of young position players already playing for Seattle, Chris has three pitchers getting the call-up, with Danny Hultzen and James Paxton, two of “the big three”, making their debuts later this season.

Message from management: Perform, or else

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us what Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley will have to do to make it back up to the big league club. With a slew of roster moves the past week and a half, the two biggest names to be shuttled down I-5 were Montero and Ackley. Both seem to have lost the hitting feeling, and have been given the chance to go down to Tacoma to work on it. With Montero though it seems his catching days are over…

Seattle Mariners rookie Brandon Maurer needs to be sent down

Maurer struggled initially to find any rhythm. (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jonas Hyde asks what do the M’s have to do with rookie pitcher Brandon Maurer. Perhaps Andrew Carraway can show a little something. While Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma hold down the top end as two aces should, and Joe Saunders and Aaron Harang at least offer some promise. News broke. Maurer has been sent down. Alex Liddi is on his way up.

Brad Miller: A key piece in the Mariners future

Hopefully the top picks of recent years will pan out better than in year's past.

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jordin Ereth weighs in on the up and coming prospect in the Mariners prospect system Brad Miller. Jordan says Miller has quietly become a favorite for call-up consideration, and he made quite the impression on Eric Wedge this spring. Wedge praised the young shortstop before their final spring contest, saying “We look at him as a true short stop.”

Mike Zunino destroying Triple A, is a call up coming?

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NWSB insider and Mariner’s blogger Jon Irwin gives us his take on top prospect Mike Zunino, and his torrid start to the 2013 season. The minor league season is only a few games-young, but even so it’s impossible to ignore what Zunino is doing. Playing at Triple A Tacoma, Mike is currently hitting .500/.526/1.375 with three home runs in four games. While a call up could be coming sooner than later, such a move will be harder than it sounds.

Mike Zunino: Reasonable expecations for Mariners top prospect in 2013

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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 catcher?

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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?