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Kyle Seager: Time For A Trip To Tacoma?

The Seattle Mariners are on a losing streak. It’s not much fun to watch, but that’s the nature of baseball. We’re seeing rookies make rookie mistakes, a pitching rotation stifled by injuries, and a batting lineup as cold as ice.

Because it’s early in the season, it’s hard to pinpoint large contextual problems. Young talent like Abraham Almonte and Brad Miller are full of promise, but are still learning their way. I don’t think anybody, myself included, is ready to write these guys off for their early mistakes and struggles.

But what about Kyle Seager?

Seager was the hope that propelled us through 2012 and 2013. He was a solid, consistent player who started looking like an all-star caliber talent by 2013. Yet after the break of that year, he fell into a slump. And he’s never gotten out of it. Have a look:

August 2013119 PA.194 BA.303 OBP.340 SLG.642 OPS
Sept/Oct 2013116 PA.172 BA.284 OBP.242 SLG.527 OPS
Spring Training 201474 PA.191 BA.253 OBP.265 SLG.518 OPS
April 201471 PA.164 BA.282 OBP.230 SLG.511 OPS

That trend line is pretty clear. Did Seager lose something in his swing? Did he become too aggressive at the plate? Not aggressive enough? I certainly don’t know. But I’m starting to think he should find his answers in Triple-A Tacoma.

If that idea concerns you, look no further than Dustin Ackley. His Triple-A Tacoma stint last year paid dividends. And with Nick Franklin currently looking for steady playing time in the majors, is it really such a bad idea?

Kyle Seager is a cornerstone of this team, no question. But how much longer can we accept his lack of production?

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  • maqman

    I absolutely agree. He’s a great guy and a good player, when he can hit. He hasn’t hit for too long. Time for a Tacoma break. He should take Romero and Morrison with him, they need to play more often to be productive, bring up Gillespie and Chris Taylor, plus swap out The Bartender and Logan Kensing.

    “We’ll bluff our way through it and in the end, we’ll be just fine.” McClendon said.

    Here’s a shocker: The Rangers have designated pitcher Hector Noesi for assignment, the club announced via press release. The righty made only three appearances with the club after being acquired ten days ago from the Mariners. Noesi, 27, has had a forgettable start to the 2014 season. His ERA stands at 14.21 through 6 1/3 frames. It took the Rangers 10 days for what it took the M’s over two seasons to figure out.

  • Charles

    Its long past time to send him to Tacoma. His offense is affecting his defense.

    • JJ Allen Keller

      How does that work?

  • Mariners Blog

    This wouldn’t be smart for Seattle. Franklin hasn’t proven he can hit yet, and has not played 3B in his pro career. This would be unwise offensively and defensively. Give to the end of May to play himself out of the lineup. He’ll turn it around.