Draft Watch 2014: West Vancouver’s Sam Reinhart

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NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Alex McPhee is back again, this time taking a look at 2014 NHL entry draft prospect, West Vancouver’s centerman Sam Reinhart. Sam Reinhart is a player who makes those around him better and projects to be a future top-line forward in the NHL. The attributes that stand out are his strong two-way game, leadership and, maybe most of all, his hockey IQ. Furthermore, Reinhart is a coach’s dream- a player who you want out in every situation, who works his butt off and is responsible defensively.

Mariners Prospects: Taking a look at the “other guys”

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NWSB blogger and Mariners insider Jon Irwin brings us his look at Seattle’s remaining top prospects. Even with guys like Zuninio and Nick Franklin making it to the show, Seattle is still ripe with young prospects. Topping the list are James Paxton, D.J. Peterson, Stefan Romero, Taijuan Walker, and Danny Hultzen. Jon also points out overshadowed last year by other top arms in Seattle’s system, left-hander Tyler Pike is finally starting to get noticed.

Whan can the Mariners expect from Nick Franklin?

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NWSB blogger and Mariners blogger Jon Irwin gives his take on what to expect from top prospect Nick Franklin’s call up. As announced on Monday the M’s have optioned Dustin Ackley to Triple-A Tacoma in order to bring up Franklin. It’s expected that the top prospect will need an adjustment period, but with some time he could turn into a big offensive weapon for the Mariners.

Finding roles for Mariners top prospects

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the M’s top prospects and what their roles could be with the team moving forward. The top prospects are Mike Zunino, Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin, Danny Hultzen and James Paxton. Of all the players on this list, it’s likely Nick Franklin will be the first to crack the Major League roster. It could be sooner rather than later as well.

Early season review: Mariners top pitching prospects

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NWSB insider and Mariner’s writer Jon Irwin brings us his preseason review of the Mariner’s top pitching prospects. The Big Three headline this talented list of power arms and could-be-aces. Just remember not to sleep on closer of the future Carter Capps and potential top of the rotation pitcher Brandon Maurer. While Taijuan Walker has the longest to go of any of the big three, he has the most upside as well.

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.

Preseason Review: Seattle Mariners top positional prospects

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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.

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.

Five prospects with a shot at the Mariner’s opening day roster

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NWSB insider and Mariners blog Jon Irwin reports on five impact prospects who could break Spring Training with the Seattle Mariners in 2013. Topping the list are well known top prospects such as Danny Hultzen and Nick Franklin. But if you don’t know the names of Carter Capps and Stefen Romero, it could be time to learn them.

Mariners prospect watch: “The other guys”

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the Seattle Mariners farm system in his prospects report. Today he covers hitting, going over prospect hitters Brad Miller, Phillips Castillo and Vinnie Catricala. They’re not the biggest names in the system, but they still have plenty to offer in the way of future talent.

Mariners prospect watch: There’s NOT just aces in the system

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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.

Mariners prospect watch: Zunino signs, Franklin adjusts

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NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the Seattle Mariners farm system in his prospects report. Today he covers hitting, going over how prospect hitters Francisco Martinez, Nick Franklin and newly drafted Mike Zunino. The biggest news is that Zunino has now officially signed with the Seattle Mariners. The M’s dropped a $4 million bonus on their first rounder.