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Seattle Mariners Top Prospects

1 Dustin Ackley , OF , SEA
Ackley is a sweet swinging lefty who could contend for batting titles in his career. Could join Ichiro in the Seattle OF late in 2010. He needs some time to learn the OF as he was a 1B in college. I love this guy.
2 Micheal Saunders , OF , SEA
Saunders had a great season in AAA but struggled mightily in the majors. He has a chance to break with the big league team. He has all the skills to be a very good big leaguer. They need to set him loose in LF and hope he can hit better than he did in his first try and lay off the off-speed stuff.
3 Carlos Triunfel , SS , SEA
Triunfel missed most of 2009 this season due to a broken fibula but returned at the end of the season. He has great plate discipline and doesn't K much, but I am unsure he will have the same speed as he did. Even if he doesn't, I still think he will be a very good player.
4 Julio Morban , OF , SEA
Over half of Morban's hits in the AZL went for extra bases. He struck out a lot and didn't walk much but he has a great swing and was only 17 this year. Many others are still in the DSL at this point. I really like this guy.
5 Ezequiel Carrera , OF , SEA
Carrera has shown great plate discipline at every level. He has very good speed and has some pop in his bat. I'm sure I will have him higher than most, but I believe in him.
6 Alex Liddi , 3B , SEA
Liddi tore up the Cal league this year after just being horrid the last 2+ seasons in Wisconsin. I'm not sure what changed and I hope it's not a mirage for his sake and the Mariners sake.
7 Tyson Gillies , OF , SEA
Gillies dominated again this season hitting .341 and slugging .486. He stole 44 bases but got caught 19 times. A lot of his slugging came from all the 3B's he hit and it won't continue as he moves up the ladder, but he is an explosive player.
8 Greg Halman , OF , SEA
Halman is a very athletic outfielder who had a rough season in AA. He only hit .210 and struck out 183 times…yep, 183 in 457 AB. This guy could start hitting the ball more and develop into a stud or just never hit the ball consistently enough to make it in the majors.
9 Phillippe Aumont , P , SEA
Aumont has been moved to the bullpen this season, so his ceiling just dropped some. He has a great arm and could be a hell of a bullpen arm. He has had elbow trouble in the past but it may not stop him from starting in the M's bullpen when the team breaks from spring training.
10 Rich Poythress , 1B , SEA
Poythress was one of the best hitters available in the draft this year and the M's tested him by putting him in AA already. He didn't hit real well, but his discipline was good and I think he will do well next season in the Southern league.
11 Mario Martinez , 3B , SEA
Martinez hit at a very good clip in SS ball but he didn't hit well in Low A ball. He needs to work on his discipline but he has plenty of time to do that. He'll repeat Low A next season and has a high ceiling as a solid defensive, power hitting 3B.
12 Juan Ramirez , P , SEA
Ramirez has good stuff but was hit hard in the California league. Ramirez had good K and BB numbers and could breakout when he gets out of the CAL.
13 Guillermo Pimentel , OF , SEA
Pimentel shows advanced hitting ability for a 16 yr old and can pick up on offspeed pitches in games. Could have 70 power. He's mediocre defensively. He has a huge ceiling and I am very intrigued by him.
14 Josh Fields , P , SEA
Fields confuses me. He has great stuff and is wild. He gets hit hard also. He needs to get better command or he will never amount to much. If his control comes around, he will be a great back of the bullpen arm, but until then, he will be relegated to poor performances.
15 Carlos Peguero , OF , SEA
Peguero walked 3 times as much as he did last season and his SLG jumped 80 points. He has the size to be a masher. He hit 66 extra base hits including 31 homers, but I won't be a believer until he does it somewhere other then High Desert.
16 Mike Carp , 1B , SEA
Carp is a good prospect who could be an average big league first baseman but will never be a star. He should hit .260-.270 with 15-20 HR's and 80-100 RBI's
17 Steve Baron , C , SEA
Baron agreed to a pre draft deal with the Mariners, getting drated in the supplemental first round. His bat was the biggest weakness in scouting reports and he reinforced it in the APPY league batting .179 and striking out 38 times in 106 AB's.
18 Joe Dunigan , 1B , SEA
Dunigan is similar to Peguero in the fact that he has the size and swing to be a masher but has yet to do it consistently or anywhere other than High Desert. If he does, look out.
19 James McOwen , OF , SEA
You may have heard about McOwen and his 45 game hitting streak earlier this season. He will not be the next Dimaggio. He had a good season, but I don't think he can continue it out of the CAL league.
20 Kenn Kasparek , P , SEA
Kasparek pitched very well in Low A but was old for the league and the MWL is pitcher friendly. He is a monster at 6'8" and has good control but I don't see him as a top of the line kind of pitcher.
21 Nate Tenbrink , 3B , SEA
22 Michael Pineda , P , SEA
23 Nick Franklin , SS , SEA
24 Steve Hensley , P , SEA
25 Shawn Kelley , P , SEA
26 Donnie Hume , P , SEA
27 Dennis Raben , OF , SEA
28 James Jones , OF , SEA
29 Adam Moore , C , SEA
30 Gabriel Noriega , SS , SEA
31 Bobby LaFramboise , P , SEA
32 Edilio Colina , 2B , SEA
33 Nicholas Hill , P , SEA
34 Gaby Hernandez , P , SEA
35 Cheyne Hann , P , SEA
36 Jharmidy DeJesus , 3B , SEA
37 Reegie Corona , 2B , SEA
38 Brett Lorin , P , SEA
39 Matt Tuiasosopo , 3B , SEA
40 Denny Almonte , OF , SEA


  1. Reegie Corona was returned to the Yankees after being selected by the M's in the Rule V draft. Brett Lorin was dealt to the Pirates as part of the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell trade.

    Missing here is SP Danny Cortes, acquired from KC for Yuniesky Betancourt. Should be in top 10 on this list. Also Maikel Cleto, RHP acquired from Mets as part of the JJ Putz trade should probably be somewhere betwen 20-30. Robert Manuel, reliever acquired from Cincinnati for Balentien still qualifies and could possibly make this list however he is getting older at 26.

    What about Erasmo Ramirez? 19 year old 11-1 as a starter in the VSL this year.

    Good list though otherwise.

  2. SP Mauricio Robles who came over from Detroit in the Washburn deal should also be somewhere near the bottom of the top 30.

    Keep up the good work Matt

  3. Cleto is at 46.
    Robles will now be 39.
    Cortes is 30 in the SEA system.
    Manuel is down at 60.

    I haven't added any VSL/DSL guys from last season yet. The only players from these leagues are carry overs from last season and a few sporadic manual adds.
    I'm still working on a good formula to find these guys. They will be on my final ranking when I do my top 2000 though.
    I will probably do a top prospects for DSL and VSL as I did other leagues too, when I get to it.
    I did a poor job updating players after trades, thank for the help

  4. I'm confused as well by your #14 pick. You said it all and still put him there...Fields will be passed up by several in 2011. The 2010 picks look strong so far with Pryor, Burgoon & Snow.

    Love the site!

  5. wow...just had an eye opener...duh

    Realized this was a 2009 posting.
    ~hanging head~

    Still love the site!


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