Mariners Minor League Report
Clinton LumberKings – A
Gianfranco Wawoe – SS/2B
The man with the best name in the M’s organization has been on fire during the first month of the Clinton LumberKings season. Wawoe is a hitting machine, and he sports an impressive .306 average since April 23. He does a great job of putting the ball in play, as he has struck out just 5 times in his last 40 plate appearances. Wawoe is a versatile defender, capable of playing shortstop, second base and center field. Look for the 20-year-old to spend the bulk of 2015 in Clinton before finishing the season in Bakersfield.
Aug 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; American catcher Alex Jackson (10) rounds second base during the 2013 Under Armour All-American Baseball game at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports
Pat Peterson – LHP
The Mariners have been pleasantly surprised by the former 23rd round pick this season in Clinton. Pat Peterson has been the best pitcher in the LumberKings’ starting rotation in 2015. Peterson has been incredible over his last 2 outings, going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA. The North Carolina State alum has struck out 15 hitters and walked 3 over his last 11.0 innings. Opponents have hit .200 against the 22-year-old southpaw since April 23. Peterson is another college pitcher who could move quickly through the M’s system. I think Peterson will be promoted soon to Bakersfield, and finishing the season in Jackson is not out of the realm of possibility.
Alex Jackson – RF
The Mariners spent the number 6 overall pick on Alex Jackson in 2014, and thus far he has fallen short of expectations. Jackson has been stymied by single-A pitching this season in Clinton. The 19-year-old is hitting just .152 with 0 home runs and 2 RBI’s since April 23. His .220 on base percentage and .196 slugging percentage are the definition of bad. He has struck out 14 times and walked just once during his last 46 at bats. AJ is struggling, but his natural talent is impossible to overlook. Jackson remains the Mariners’ top prospect despite his early struggles. Some predict Jackson will advance quickly to the Majors, but I think he will spend the entire 2015 season in Clinton.
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