Greetings from Big Sky country. That’s my dad’s chocolate lab in the pic from last night’s walk behind my family’s house in majestic Havre, MT.
I posted the catching preview post earlier, but there are a few notes to get out there.
General manager Jack Zdurienick was on Sportsradio KJR with Mitch Levy talking about all things Mariners as they prepare for spring training. Zduriencik is already down in Arizona.
Here’s the podcast ….
Here’s what Zduriencik talked about
- Lloyd McClendon’s first year as a manager
- Austin Jackson as the leadoff hitter — Zduriencik admitted that few teams have an ideal lead-off hitter.
- The Michael Saunders situation, once again — nothing new on that front. Zduriencik was diplomatic about it.
- The starting rotation and how it all works and some thoughts on J.A. Happ. He wouldn’t say who the No. 4 or No. 5 starter would be. He said it could be a mix of certain guys.
- The shortstop battle – Zduriencik wouldn’t say that either Chris Taylor or Brad Miller has an edge in the competition.
- Rickie Weeks — Zduriencik wouldn’t commit any information to the signing of Weeks. “I will say this, he’s one of the toughest individuals I’ve ever been around. He would go through a wall.”
- D.J. Peterson — “Realistically, he probably needs to spend a little more time in the minor leagues.” Zduriencik said Peterson will still play third basemen this spring. He mentioned first base and also left field, which is something we haven’t heard before.
- Jesus Montero — More of the same that we heard at the pre-spring luncheon: “There are no expectations for him at this point.”
MLB Network had their top 10 third baseman in baseball. The experts and analysts had Kyle Seager sixth on that list. I could argue that Seager should be ahead of Josh Harrison and Anthony Rendon. But it’s their list and not mine.
Here’s their top 10 list
1. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
2. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
3. Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates
4. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
5. David Wright, New York Mets
6. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
7. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
8. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
9. Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
Here’s the video from the segment …
Here’s a few amateur scouting hires for the Mariners
Jeff Sakamoto – Area Scouting Supervisor (Washington-Idaho-Wyoming-Montana-Oregon & Alaska). Sakamoto replaced Joe Ross who accepted a College coaching job at Washington State University.
Devitt Moore – Promoted to East Coast National Supervisor (Devitt covered North Carolina, South Carolina & Virginia for Seattle in 2014)
Joe Barbera – Area Scouting Supervisor (Virginia, North Carolina & South Carolina). Barbera replaces Moore who was promoted to East Coast National Supervisor
John Wiedenbauer – Area Scouting Supervisor (North Texas-Arkansas-Oklahoma & Kansas)
Ryan Holmes – Area Scouting Supervisor (Southern California). Holmes covered North Texas-Arkansas-Oklahoma & Kansas for Seattle in 2014