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March 2, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Around the Blogosphere

Let’s get right into things here with Jeff Clarke at Seattle Sports Insider taking a look today at M’s draft pick James Paxton in a series of posts. We told you yesterday on the blog that Paxton will take a physical in Seattle today and then sign his deal with the Mariners.
Clarke feels the M’s are getting the equivalent of a first-round pick here, even though Paxton dropped all the way to the fourth round after throwing just 17 2/3 innings for Grand Prairie of the independent league last year. In Clarke’s words, he’d trade three Taijuan Walkers (Seattle’s top pick last year, in the second round) for one Paxton.
He adds that the only reason he didn’t say eight Walkers for one Paxton is because of Walker’s limited activity last year.


At USS Mariner, author Dave Cameron offers up an opinion on the nine pitches thrown by Erik Bedard the other day. Cameron suggests the best part of it all was that Bedard’s pitches were clocking 91 mph at points on the Pitch/FX system. But Cameron points out that Pitch/FX has had problems with inaccuracy at certain ballparks in the past and that folks should be cautious about whether machines have been properly calibrated here in Arizona.
Cameron also ventures an opinion on Johermyn Chavez and his impressive start to spring training. While Cameron agrees it has been impressive, he again cautions into reading too much into results. After all, he correctly states, the pitchers he’s faced have hardly scouted him in advance and aren’t trying to exploit his weaknesses the way major league pitchers would in real games.
Moving on to ProBall NW, author Jon Shields has a look at the all-time games played leaders for the Mariners at every position. Jay Buhner still leads all right fielders, but not for long.
And over at Prospect Insider, they’re still focusing heavily on the upcoming June draft and today have profiled who’s out there at the catcher’s position.
Here are today’s lineups:
MARINERS
DH Ichiro
3B Chone Figgins
LF Gabe Gross
1B Justin Smoak
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
RF Johermyn Chavez
C Josh Bard
2B Luis Rodriguez
RHP Michael Pineda
DIAMONDBACKS
2B Willie Bloomquist
SS Tony Abreu
RF Justin Upton
1B Juan Miranda
3B Geoff Blum
DH Xavier Nady
LF Ryan Roberts
CF A.J. Pollock
C Henry Blanco
RHP Aaron Heilman

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