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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

April 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Mariners minor-league report

Kelly Munro of the Mariners public relations staff does a fabulous job of compiling a daily summary of the club’s minor-league ballclubs. I know there is considerable interest in M’s player development, so I’ve decided to pass that information on in the blog whenever possible.

Here is today’s installment. It provides in-depth rundowns of every game played last night by all the Mariner farm teams — Class AAA Tacoma (which was rained out), Class AA West Tennessee, Class A High Desert, and Class A Clinton. After the draft in June, Everett wil be added as well. At the end are box scores and stats — everything you need to keep up on the Mariners of tomorrow.

I note today that Mauricio Robles, Anthony Varvaro and Josh Fields combined on a one-hit shutout of Mobile last night for West Tennessee. Robles, remember, is the 21-year-old lefty the Mariners got with Luke French from Detroit in the Jarrod Washburn trade. He is now 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA (and a 20 to 8 strikeouts to walks ratio in 19 innings), while Fields — the No. 1 draft pick two years ago by the Mariners — has a 1.59 ERA with 13 strikeouts and eight walks in 11 innings.

Dustin Ackley, the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft behind Stephen Strasburg, is struggling with a .145 batting average for West Tennessee, but it’s way too early to worry about him. From everything I hear, the M’s are still delighted with his approach and undeterred about his potential to be a high-average hitter in the majors in the near future.

For an organization that could desperately use a power bat, the M’s have to be enticed by the development of Dominican outfielder Carlos Peguero, a 6-foot-5, 247-pound left-handed hitter. After hitting 31 homers and driving in 98 runs last year for High Desert of the California League, he is hitting .359 with six homers and 14 RBI (and a .703 slugging percentage) in Double-A. A name to tuck away, definitely.

Enjoy the minor-league report.

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