New NWSB Insider & Seattle Mariners blogger Jeff Budke weighs in on the 2012 season for M’s ace Felix Hernandez. This offseason the million-dollar question for Jack Zduriencik becomes whether or not he trusts the 3 up and coming pitchers to take the reigns from the King before his value diminishes. (Hernandez is signed with the Mariners through 2014). He says Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, and James Paxton will be ready soon.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the Seattle Mariners farm system in this pitching prospects report. There’s more to Seattle’s farm system than just the Big 3 (Taijuan Walker, James Paxton and Danny Hultzen). Names like Stephen Pryor, Carter Capps and Chance Ruffin round out a farm system rife with talent. Big 3 of starting, meet the Big 3 of relieving.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the Seattle Mariners farm system in his first pitching prospects report. He weighs in on James Paxton, Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker. The Big 3. If any M’s prospect has struggled the most through June and July it’s Taijuan Walker. Hultzen holds a 4.24 ERA, but he’s allowed just 3 runs over his last three starts in AAA Tacoma.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell weighs in with another M’s Week That Was. Intended to be a fun column, with lots of laughs and other good stuff. Normally it will be a top 10 list, a la David Letterman style. Another bad week for the Mariners in inter-league play. Lost four out of six against the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, Michael Saunders and Casper Wellls keep hot bats, Felix Hernandez knocks in a pair.
NWSB Insider Jonathan Irwin brings us his reasons why the Mariners should bring in the fences at Safeco Field. With the Mariners doing most of their scoring on the road, it seems the fences could be the reason for the Mariners poor numbers at home. Ken Griffey Jr left because of it and it might be the reason Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley can’t seem to get it going permanently.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the Seattle Mariners farm system in his first pitching prospects report. He weighs in on James Paxton, Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker. The Big 3. Just today Hultzen was promoted to AAA Tacoma. If he’s half as dominate there was he was at Jackson, it could be a matter of time until he’s starting for the Mariners.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the second M’s game of the interleague series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. Erasmo Ramirez didn’t even make it through the fifth, four innings on 78 pitches. However the Mariner bullpen has been incredibly solid through June. Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush were fantastic. Ichiro (hit 2500) and Casper Wells were hero’s.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the third M’s game of the interleague series versus the San Diego Padres. Swept by the Padres the headlines will read. Not good. What is this? Erasmo Ramirez struggled out of the ‘pen, and now the Seattle brass decide he should be starting. Not good. For a split second Munenori Kawasaki was possessed by the spirit of Shaq. Nice catch.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin makes some predictions on the candidates to be selected by Jack Z. Here is all the information you need to get set for the MLB draft. Its on June 4-6 on the MLB Network. The consensus first round pick for the Mariners, Mike Zunino is considered the best college bat of the draft. Byron Buxton is considered by many to be the top position player.
NWSB insider Jonathan Irwin brings us his 5 reasons why fans should already fear for the Seattle Mariners bullpen. While Tom Wilhelmsen and Brandon League preformed well in the season opener. Shawn Kelley, Steve Delabar and George Sherrill did the opposite in game 2. The team has no set up man, no swing man and didn’t exactly wow fans with the bullpen performance this Spring.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson weighs in today with his thoughts on M’s young pitching arms. He says the M’s are doing the right thing in waiting for the future to arrive instead of trying to time travel there immediately.
Time travel always ends up resulting in mind blowing problems anyway. James Paxton, Danny Hultzen, and Taijuan Walker your time will come.
NWSB insider Brandon Choate breaks out his crystal ball today and makes a bold prediction. He is predicting the Seattle Mariners 2012 starting rotation to include Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hisashi Iwakuma, Blake Beavan and Kevin Millwood. The mix of youth and age will prove to be nothing but helpful for the young Mariners team heading into the season.