Mariners Spring Training Preview: The Minor Leaguers

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Sep 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder Abraham Almonte (36) receive congratulation from third baseman Kyle Seager (15) after he hits a home run in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s Note: This is part 4 of a 5 part series. You can view Part 1 (Outfield), Part 2 (Infield) and Part 3 (Bullpen) by clicking the links. Thanks for reading.

We are only a couple of days away from the start of the Mariners Spring Training for 2014. And while there is still some talk of potential moves the team is yet to make (Nelson Cruz, Ervin Santana?) we can probably pencil several players in for minor league spots – at least to start the season.

Keep in mind that I am only focusing on players who have invites to the big-league camp. This is not a full minor league preview. If I don’t mention a particular player, it’s because they are not on the 40-man roster, nor were they a non-roster invitee to the big camp.

Keeping with Charlie’s explanation in the bullpen piece of how the 25-man roster will more than likely break down, let’s now take a look at some players who would normally make the big club with a solid spring but will probably just miss due to the revamped roster in Seattle.

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  • maqman

    As to the 40-man roster they might be able to put Pryor on the 60-day DL, although I am uncertain if that can be done at this point. If not then Avery, Jones or Triunfel seem the most expendable. The rotation and bullpen are not real assuring. Some of Smoak, Ackley, Zunino, Franklin, Saunders and Almonte have to contribute noticeably better than last season as there are questions about Hart, LoMo and Guti that might not be answered in the way they hope they will be. GMZ has issued fewer spring training invitations to possible rotation or bullpen arms than in the past it seems to me. Counting on Pryor to become a factor again might just be wishful thinking, as is the return of Danny Hultzen. Shoulder problems are worse than elbow surgery as far as full recovery rates go.