How have the Seattle Mariners Top Prospects Fared this Spring?

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Feb 26, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners catcher Tyler Marlette poses for a portrait during photo day at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

#9 – Tyler Marlette – C

The Seattle Mariners selected Tyler Marlette out of high school in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. Marlette is considered a good offensive backstop, who still has to work on his defense.

Marlette has winded his way through the Mariners’ system, but the 22-year-old received an extended look this spring. Marlette appeared in four games with the Mariners this spring, and he held his own. The Oviedo, FL product was sent down to the minor league camp on Sunday, but he went 3 for 5 at the plate prior to the demotion.

Marlette began the 2014 season with the Mavericks of High Desert before being promoted to Jackson in August. The 22-year-old hit .297 with 17 home runs and 51 RBI’s across 344 at bats last season. He registered a .349 on base percentage and slugged .517.

The Mariners will likely opt to sent Tyler back to Jackson to open the 2015 season, but a mid-season promotion to Tacoma is not out of the question. Marlette has plenty of offensive upside, and he should be competing for the backup catcher job by 2017.

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