Mariners Analysis: 3 Players Who Warrant a Call-Up
Feb 26, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Justin Germano poses for a portrait during photo day at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Justin Germano – RHP
Justin Germano is far from a rookie. The 32-year-old has made 96 appearances and has started nearly 50 games across 9 big league seasons. He has produced mediocre numbers in his career, but he has found himself this season in Tacoma. Germano has been the most valuable pitcher on the Rainiers’ staff this season, going 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA across 24.0 innings. He has been used as a reliever and a starter in 2015.
Apr 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Danny Farquhar (40) throws during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Danny Farquhar was a critical piece to the Mariners’ 2014 bullpen, but he has regressed significantly this season. Farquhar was as reliable as they come last year, but he has registered a 5.40 ERA across 15.2 innings pitched in 2015. He has surrendered 2 home runs and allowed 9 runners to cross the plate. His 2.60 strikeout to walk ratio is nowhere near his 3.41 career average. The walk rate is not overly alarming, but he is striking out nearly 3 less hitters per 9 innings this season. A stint in Tacoma might be just what Farquhar needs to get back on track.
Germano could function as the long man in the Mariners’ bullpen. He is a player who could also occasionally be called on to make a spot start for Seattle. The right-hander will have a hard time replicating his 0.708 walks/hits per inning, but he would still represent an upgrade over Farquhar.
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