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March 7, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher James Paxton (65) throws in the fifth inning during a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
September is in full swing. Time to look at some of the Mariners of the future and see how bright this future shall be. As promised, the Seattle Mariners front office made several moves on Tuesday now that the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers season is officially over. The team had already brought back RP Tom Wilhelmsen and C Mike Zunino on Sunday and Monday respectively. Here are the moves the M’s made on Tuesday.
SP Erasmo Ramirez– Ramirez was only sent to Tacoma to make room on the roster in the days leading up to the Sept. 1 roster expansion. He started Tuesday’s game against Kansas City, posting the following line: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR.
RP Hector Noesi– Noesi is 0-1 with a 5.64 ERA in 22.1 IP this season with Seattle. He was 4-3 with a 5.00 ERA in 77.1 IP in Tacoma, primarily as a starter. Noesi will work from the bullpen in Seattle.
2B Carlos Triunfel– Carlos spent most of the season with the Rainiers. In 100 games, Triunfel batted .282 with 5 HR and 31 RBI. In nine games this season in Seattle, Triunfel is .083 with eight strikeouts.
RP Chance Ruffin– Ruffin hasn’t seen the Big Leagues since 2011. This season between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma, Ruffin is 5-6 with a 3.91 ERA in 31 appearances (18 as a starter).
SP James Paxton– Paxton will be making his Major League debut when he takes the mound this Saturday. In 2013 Paxton is 8-11 with a 4.45 ERA in 28 appearances (26 starts) with two complete games, 131 K and only 58 BB.
Tacoma’s hitting coach Howard Johnson was also added to the staff.
6-Man Rotation For Mariners
With the goal of reducing unnecessary wear and tear on their staff for the remainder of the season, the Seattle Mariners have announced that they will be going with a 6-man rotation for the rest of the season.
Ramirez got the start on Tuesday. Taijuan Walker and Joe Saunders will take the hill in the final two games in Kansas City. Hisashi Iwakuma will open the homestand on Friday against Tampa Bay, followed by Paxton in his MLB debut on Saturday and Felix Hernandez (with an extra day to rest his back) going on Sunday.