They have something called the “Rising Stars Game” each year in the Arizona Fall League, which is meant to be an all-star contest featuring the top performing prospects on the circuit thus far.
This year, the Mariners have three of their prospects in the game: catcher Mike Zunino, left-handed pitcher James Paxton (photo) and shortstop Nick Franklin. A year ago, Franklin was the game’s MVP.
The game takes place Saturday at 5 p.m. PT at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
PHOTO CREDIT: Aaron Lavinsky
Zunino is htting .255 with a.741 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS) in 13 games for the Peoria Javelinas of the AFL. We featured him last weekend in the paper.
Paxton is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA, the latter number inflated by a pair of recent bad outings. But he’s also got 16 strikeouts over his first 12 2/3 innings. We also featured him in a story last weekend, mentioning Franklin in there as well.
Franklin is hitting .342 with a 1.024 OPS so far, playing primarily as a second baseman.