How have the Seattle Mariners Top Prospects Fared this Spring?
Mar 4, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Julio Morban (70) follows through on a swing against the San Diego Padres during a spring training baseball game at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
#21 – Julio Morban – OF
Julio Morban struggled in 2014, but was still given a shot to impress early in Cactus League play. Morban’s struggles followed him to Arizona as he hit just .111 across 9 at bats this spring. The Mainers optioned the 23-year-old outfielder down to the minor league camp on Sunday.
The Dominican Republic native started the 2014 season with the Jackson Generals before getting a chance to play for the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma. Morban had trouble offensively last season, hitting just .248 with 1 home run and 18 RBI’s across 214 at bats. He registered a .309 on base percentage and slugged .322.
It was an easy decision for the Mariners to transfer Julio Morban to the minor league camp, and his future likely hangs on his performance this season. Morban will start the season in either Tacoma or Jackson, and he is not a good bet to play for Seattle in 2015.
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