Seattle Mariners: Notable Players Rising or Falling for the M’s

The Seattle Mariners are one of the MLB teams currently in a rebuild.

But, who has shown up in 2021 and who needs to rise in order to give the M’s a boost this season and beyond?

Seattle has shown potential even though they’ve gotten lost in the star-driven AL West.

With the M’s trying to take big strides, let’s take a gander at some of their players.

Mitch Haniger

The 30-year-old has four homers and 10 ribbies for the M’s and has been a big part of their lineup for a few years now.

Haniger is hitting .321 with 17 hits total so far in 2021.

The outfielder has 61 dingers in four seasons with the Mariners and he could be with the club longer. At least until younger outfielders grow a bit more.

Kyle Seager

The veteran third baseman has 14 hits, 10 RBIs, and a .298 batting average for Seattle.

Seager has been with the M’s since 2011 and has made a name for himself to say the least.

The lefty bat has 209 homers in his career and could be a trade candidate this season.

Seager could be a free agent next offseason if the Mariners choose not to bring him back (club option). But, if he returns to the M’s, he’ll be a free agent in 2023.

J.P. Crawford

The former Phillies prospect hasn’t done much with the bat during his MLB tenure. But, he does play good defense.

The good news is Crawford is only 26-years-old, so there’s time for improvement with the stick.

But, the bad news is the shortstop most likely won’t transform into a Silver Slugger or extremely talented hitter.

Crawford is currently hitting .267 with 12 hits and just three ribbies for the M’s.

Taylor Trammell

The rookie center fielder is hitting .132 with two long balls and seven RBIs.

Trammell is just getting started, but the more the young guys step up and help veterans on the M’s roster, the better the team will be.

Sam Haggerty

The former draft pick of the Cleveland Indians is carrying a .182 batting average so far this year.

Haggerty also has four hits with one of them being a dinger for Seattle.

The second baseman is getting some playing time early this season and he’ll need to prove he belongs in the everyday lineup for Scott Servais and the Mariners.

Haggerty did hit .260 in 13 games for Seattle last season and he did collect four doubles.

Yusei Kikuchi

The 29-year-old southpaw has an ERA of 3.75 in two starts for the M’s this season.

The starting pitcher is trying to turn the corner after posting ERAs above 5.00 in each of his first two years in the MLB.

Kikuchi does not walk many batters, which can make offenses work a harder for big production.

Kendall Graveman

Times have been good for the former Oakland Athletic.

Graveman, 30, has a pair of saves in 2021 and he has not allowed a run in five games.

Seattle could trade Graveman to a contender before the MLB Trade Deadline which is July 30 this season.

But, in the meantime, the M’s can get strong outings from the right-hander who does a great job not giving up walks.

Graveman has allowed only one hit in six frames this season.

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