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February 25, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Around the Blogosphere

We’ve got lineups for today’s intrasquad game at noon PT. Check for them after the jump.
Franklin Gutierrez won’t be partaking in the game. He’s got a flight that gets him back from Seattle later today, but too late to play in the contest.
Looking around the blogosphere today, SoDo Mojo author Keith Myers starts a new feature that runs down spring training position battles. Myers groups players into categories at each spot, including “locks” guys “on the bubble” and others who “need work.”
I have to say, I agree with just about everything with maybe a minor quibble or two in the bullpen. But not much else. So, have a look.

Over at Seattle Sports Insider, author Jeff Clarke continues his look at M’s minor league prospects, with help from information in the Baseball HQ minor league analyst handbook. Today, there are a couple of third basemen, one of them being Matt Mangini. Conclusions? Mangini will have a major league career, but likely not at third base. Not a bad conclusion. Check out the reasoning behind it.
Lookout Landing breaks the news to Mariners fans that they might as well get used to Doug Fisterexactly as they’ve always known him. But it isn’t as bad as that sounds, according to Jeff Sullivan, the site’s main author. Sullivan points out that although Fister’s ERA jumped from 2.45 before a shoulder injury to 5.24 afterwards, his performance was pretty much the same when it comes to peripheral stats like Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP).
Finally, over at Prospect Insider, they’re previewing the upcoming June draft, profiling a bunch of players who could end up in Seattle. Besides the usual suspects, like Anthony Rendon and Matt Purke, there are a bunch of other top names you may not have even heard of. Som have a look.
Intrasquad lineups:
TEAM 1
RF Ichiro
3B Chone Figgins
DH Milton Bradley
1B Adam Kennedy
C Miguel Olivo
CF Jody Gerut
LF Ryan Langerhans
SS Brendan Ryan
2B Luis Rodriguez
RHP Michael Pineda
Team 2
SS Jack Wilson
2B Dustin Ackley
1B Justin Smoak
DH Jack Cust
LF Michael Saunders
CF Gabe Gross
RF Greg Halman
C Josh Bard
3B Josh Wilson
RHP Blake Beavan
Notice that the M’s have several players in unusual spots. Might as well find out who can really play where before you start making personnel decisions based on an ability to be handy at multiple spots.

Comments | Topics: Brendan Ryan, Chone Figgins

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