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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.

October 25, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Mariners’ winter league report

While I continue to ponder how Tony La Russa, the most astute manager of our generation, could have gotten himself into the mess he did last night with the wrong pitcher warming up at a critical juncture in the eighth inning, here’s some Mariners’ news to chew on.

The M’s are issuing periodic updates of their players in various winter leagues, which can be found here.

Carlos Peguero, playing for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Republic, is hitting .393 through his first seven games, with three homers and seven runs batted in. Peguero, who hit .196 in 46 games with the Mariners and struck out 54 times in 143 at-bats, has fanned eight times in 28 at-bats in winter ball. Luis Jimenez, who hit 16 homers between Class AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma, is hitting .302 with three homers with the Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela. The massive (6-foot-3, 275 pounds) Jimenez has been in pro ball since 2001 without making it to the major leagues.

Michael Saunders, who struggled mightily with the Mariners (.149 in 161 at-bats), is continuing to have his troubles in Venezuela. Through 10 games, he’s hitting .143 (5-for-35) with nine strikeouts in 35 at-bats for the Cardenales. His teammate Jarrett Grube, a right-handed pitcher, is doing quite well with a 0.82 ERA in two starts. Grubehas struck out 13 and walked just two in 11 innings. He was 4-4 with a 4.95 ERA in 14 appearances (seven starts) for Tacoma, and 5-2, 3.11 in 14 starts for Jackson.

Third baseman Francisco Martinez, who came over in the Doug Fister trade, is hitting .366 in Venezuela. Chih-Hsien Chiang, the outfielder who come from Boston in the Erik Bedard deal, is hitting .333 in 10 games in the Arizona Fall League with the Peoria Javelinas. Forrest Snow has thrown 8.2 scoreless innings for the Javelinas, allowing just one hit while striking out 10 and walking one. No. 1 draft pick Danny Hultzen (No. 2 overall), who is starting today, has a 2.00 ERA over nine innings in his first three starts.

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