Alberto Rodriguez has Huge Week

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Alberto Rodriguez had arguably been one of the best performers in the Seattle Mariners organization through the first two months of the season. In the last week and a half he has been on a massive hot streak. In his 6 games with the AquaSox he dominated the Eugene Emeralds pitching staff, nearly hitting .500 and he had 6 home runs.

This is a new development for Rodriguez because he spent last season with the AquaSox and did not dominate the level at age 21. He slashed .261/.336/.396 in over 500 plate appearances and struck out 26% of the time. Now a year older at 22 years old, Rodriguez has been raking.

So far this season the lefty is hitting .335/.417/.684 with 31 extra base hits, ten of which are homers. His strikeout percentage is also down to about 22%. Hitting nearly .500 for a week will really help your numbers, but even before his hot week he was still hitting over .300. If Rodriguez keeps hitting and hitting for power in the Northwest League the Mariners might need to challenge him and send Rodriguez to Arkansas.

Modesto Nuts (A) – California League

5 Cole Young SS .272/.404/.411, HR, 14.8% BB, 152% K
9 Gabriel Gonzalez OF .363/.420/.529, 3 HR 7.2% BB, 14.4% K
18 Michael Morales RHP 8 GS, 40.1 IP, 4.24 ERA, 23.7% K, 8.5% BB
28 Tyler Gough RHP 8 G, 7 GS, 23 IP, 6.26 ERA, 19% K, 13% BB
35 Milkar Perez 3B .266/.377/.353, 13.5% BB, 25.3% K
36 Josh Hood SS/3B .271/.348/.414, 3 HR, 10.8% BB, 21.6% K
48 Tatem Levins C .306/.390/.553, 4 HR 13% BB, 20% K

Everett AquaSox (A+) — Northwest League

1 Harry Ford C .252/.429/.411, 6 HR, 21.2% BB, 18% K
8 Axel Sanchez SS .187/.287/.271, HR, 9.8% BB, 31.1% K
13 Tyler Locklear 3B .311/.419/.572, 11 HR, 12.4% BB, 22.1% K
25 Hogan Windish 2B .218/.340/.513, 6 HR, 14.9% BB, 28.7% K
29 Alberto Rodriguez OF .335/.417/.684, 10 HR, 9.9% BB, 21.5% K
38 Walking Cabrera OF .245/.304/.455, 7 HR, 8.1% BB, 30.4% K

Arkansas Travelers (AA) – Texas League

6 Bryan Woo RHP 9 GS, 44 IP, 2.05 ERA, 34.3% K, 7% BB
7 Emerson Hancock RHP 10 GS, 40.1 IP, 6.25 ERA, 27.2% K, 14.1% BB
12 Prelander Berroa RHP 12 G, 5 GS, 32 IP, 4.22 ERA, 36.2% K, 18.4% BB
14 Jonatan Clase OF .275/.385/.582, 13 HR, 14.7% BB, 30.3% K
19 Juan Then RHP 7 G, 7 IP, 5.00 ERA, 27.5% K, 7.5% BB
21 Robert Perez Jr. 1B .253/.308/.416, 7 HR, 6.2% BB, 31.3% K
22 Isaiah Campbell RHP 12 G, 13 IP, 2.77 ERA, 26.4% K, 7.5% BB
26 Juan Mercedes RHP 10 G, 9 GS, 48.1 IP, 4.28 ERA, 23.8% K, 7% BB
33 Travis Kuhn RHP 17 G, 18 IP, 3.00 ERA, 18.4% K, 13.2% BB
45 Spencer Packard OF .302/.426/.481, 5 HR, 16% BB, 20% K

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) – Pacific Coast League

15 Taylor Dollard RHP 3 GS, 8.1 IP, 7.56 ERA, 22.2 K%, 8.3% BB
20 Cade Marlowe OF .241/.291/.407, 3 HR, 6.3% BB, 29.7% K
24 Zach DeLoach OF .294/.394/.439, 5 HR, 13.1% BB, 30%K
40 Stephen Kolek RHP 14 G, 20.1 IP, 7.97 ERA, 22.3% K, 11.7% BB

Mariners Draft Spotlight

Now we are in June, just over a month before the draft, and mock draft season is heating up. Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline projected that Seattle would select TCU third baseman Brayden Taylor with their 22nd overall pick. Callis noted that the M’s could try to float a prospect down the board to them if they want to flex their financial muscle in the draft because of their large bonus pool. He also commented that it is too early to know who the club might try to float down the board, so it doesn’t seem like there is a lot of clarity about what direction the Seattle organization will go in the first round.

Taylor was recently one of the players that Joe Doyle highlighted in his comparisons piece over at Future Stars Series. Doyle compared the lefty TCU third baseman to former Padres infielder Chase Headly. He notes that both are good athletes and that Taylor should provide some value on the bases. Doyle said, “Taylor should be a power-over-hit type of guy with low chase rates buoying his batting average and on-base numbers.”

Another comp Doyle suggested at the end of his piece was former Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, “who built a career on passivity at the plate and a grooved HR swing with a solid glove at third base.”

Mariners Prospects in the News

Brent Stecker of Seattle Sports wrote about two Mariners rookies who came out of nowhere.

MLB Pipeline highlighted every teams best draft pick from the 2018 draft and it includes a big league starter for the Mariners.

Bryan Woo and Jake Scheiner were named Mariners Minor League Players of the Month.

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Curtis Christianson

Curtis Christianson is the Athletic Director at Concordia Christian Academy. He also works in the Tacoma Rainiers clubhouse during the baseball season.

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