2021 Spring Training: Time for the Seattle Mariners to Pick the Farm

The Seattle Mariners have been a laughingstock in the MLB for a very long time. Seattle has not made it to the MLB playoffs since 2001. The Mariners went 116-46 that season and lost to the New York Yankees in the ALCS in five games.

Seattle has one of the worst rosters in baseball, but they also have one of the better farm systems in all of baseball. One of these days, it will all come together for the Seattle Mariners and it is just a matter of when and not if for them.

Scott Servais is the current manager for Seattle. Jerry Dipoto is the current general manager of the Mariners. Dipoto is going to make some big moves sooner rather than later for them in a small sports market.

They could be like the San Diego Padres in a few years from now, but the Seattle Mariners always give their fanbase false hope every single season with starting out fast out of the gate. The American League West division isn’t very strong with the Houston Astros, the Oakland Athletics, the Los Angeles Angels, and the Texas Rangers.

Starting Pitchers

Marco Gonzales, James Paxton, Justus Sheffield, Chris Flexen, and Yusei Kikuchi will be the starting pitchers for the Seattle Mariners. This starting rotation could potentially be whacked around a lot this regular season.

Gonzales and Kikuchi could be unknown commodities. Paxton is back with the Mariners in Seattle after being with the New York Yankees via trade. Sheffield was actually acquired in that same trade. He has some potential as a starting pitcher.

Flexen is a former New York Mets pitcher and maybe he revives himself, but he is prone to give up big innings. Former New York Mets prospect right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn is also projected to be in the rotation at some point this season.

Bullpen

Rafael Montero (closer), Kendall Graveman, Keynan Middleton, Brady Lail, and Anthony Misiewicz will be the key relievers in the bullpen this season.

Montero used to be a former top prospect with the New York Mets as a starting pitcher and he didn’t pan out with them. Graveman and Middleton could be good in the bullpen, but everything else could potentially be a disaster for the Seattle Mariners.

Projected Lineup

(C) Tom Murphy, (1B) Evan White, (2B) Dylan Moore, (3B) Kyle Seager, (SS) J.P. Crawford, (LF) Jake Fraley, (CF) Kyle Lewis, (RF) Mitch Haniger, and (DH) Ty France.

Outfielder Dylan Moore and infielder Ty France will be two of the key backups on this baseball team for Seattle.

White is one of the most underrated first basemen in the MLB. He has a lot of pop in his bat and his glove for the Seattle Mariners.

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Seager is the heartbeat of the Seattle Mariners. He is the brother of Los Angeles Dodger shortstop Corey Seager and Kyle Seager is also a very underrated third baseman in the field and also at the plate.

Crawford used to be in the Philadelphia Phillies farm system. He was rated as one of Philadelphia’s top prospects in their farm system. J.P. Crawford has a chance to potentially revive his career.

Lewis is also going to be a really good player once again this season for the Seattle Mariners.

One of the players that could be called up this season for the Seattle Mariners is outfielder Jared Kelenic. He was acquired in the Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano trade a couple of years ago in a trade from the New York Mets.

Kelenic is one of the top prospects in baseball. Once he reaches the major leagues, it will be tough to yank him out of the lineup.

Key Dates

Sunday, February 28th: First spring training game occurred against the San Diego Padres.

Thursday, April 1st: Opening day at home against the San Francisco Giants.

Thursday, April 8th: Road opener against the Minnesota Twins.

It is very possible that the Seattle Mariners could once again lose over 100 games this season and land another top five to top 10 pick in the 2022 MLB Draft.

Seattle needs to find a way to be relevant in the baseball world once again and make their fanbase happy and provide some optimism here.

Do you think the Seattle Mariners will lose over 100 games this season or will they change the tide? Leave a comment below.

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