NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners’ blogger Jeff Budke talks about the three game stretch Michael Saunders had for himself this week at the World Baseball Classic for Team Canada. Saunders was 8-for-11 over the weekend, including a 4-for-4 night Saturday against Mexico. Canada failed to advance to the second round behind Italy and team USA, but Saunders production could not be overlooked, and he was awarded the Pool MVP honors.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brandon Choate reminds us that the World Baseball Classic is upon us and the Mariners will be well represented in the tournament. Besides Michael Saunders, Alex Liddi and Oliver Perez, the Mariners are sending 4 young players and a grizzled veteran in Brian Sweeney. Luiz Gohara, Kalian Sams, Thyago Vieirs, and Pedro Okuda are all looking to show the Mariners they have what it takes to advance in their system while trying to propel their home countries to a tournament win.
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.
Another North West Athlete in the spotlight today. Current MLB big league ball player Brett Lawrie from Langley, British Columbia. Danny Ferguson points out Lawrie was drafted as a catcher, but played regularly at second, third and left field as well. For the Toronto Blue Jays the high profile Canadian prospect in the franchise makes sense on many levels.