The Seattle Mariners brought an Oregon native back home to the Northwest. He is a former Oregon State Beaver and was a free agent outfielder. It’s just not the one we were all hoping the Mariners would sign.
#Mariners add Cole Gillespie on a minor league deal.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 18, 2013
Gillespie posted a slash line of .277/.361/.455 with 9 HR and 31 RBI in 74 games for Triple-A Fresno (San Fransisco Giants) in 2013. But in 78 games over three seasons (2010, 2011 and 2013) with three different clubs (Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs), Gillespie’s line is .225/.293/.337 with only 3 HR.
In the field, he has only committed one error in 381 big league innings (80 chances).
He will more than likely not make the big club out of Spring Training, but would more than likely be an early call-up from Triple-A Tacoma if/when the injury bug hits Seattle. With Corey Hart, Logan Morrison and Franklin Gutierrez all with question marks health-wise going into 2014, it may be sooner rather than later.