Mariners Minor League Report: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
Jun 18, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; California League right fielder Jabari Blash (6) during the home run derby of the California League vs Carolina League All Star Game at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Jackson Generals: 22-31, 5th place in Southern League North Division
Hot – Jabari Blash – RF
After being demoted from Tacoma in early May, Jabari Blash is killing AA pitching this season. He is a powerful young man, and Blash is hitting .291 with 5 home runs and 9 RBI’s over his last 15 games. The 25-year-old Virgin Islands product has registered a .394 on base percentage and .582 slugging percentage since May 20th. Despite only playing 28 games with the Generals, Blash leads the club with 9 long balls.
Feb 26, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners infielder D.J. Peterson poses for a portrait during photo day at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Not – D.J. Peterson – 3B
A year removed from being named the co-minor league player of the year in the M’s organization, Peterson has been a colossal disappointment in 2015. The Mariners’ number 2 ranked prospect is hitting just .200 with 1 home run and 8 RBI’s since May 21st. Generally considered one of the bright young power hitting prospects in baseball, the 23-year-old has slugged a measly .345 over the past 15 games. However, Peterson has posted an impressive .343 on base percentage over his last 67 plate appearances.
Hot – Dario Pizzano – LF
The 24-year-old outfielder has strung together a very impressive season with the Generals in 2015. Pizzano is hitting .326 with 3 home runs and a team leading 27 runs batted in this season. The Columbia alum is hitting .240 with 1 home run and 11 RBI’s since May 22nd. Those numbers are not overly impressive, but he has registered a .345 on base percentage and slugged .400 over his last 13 games. Pizzano is well on his way to earning a promotion to Tacoma within the next month.
Not – Edwin Diaz – RHP
Much like Landazuri, Edwin Diaz has struggled to adjust to the higher level of competition. Diaz starred with the Bakersfield Blaze, but has gone 0-3 with a 8.44 ERA over his first 17.2 innings pitched in AA. He has tallied 16 punch outs, but has walked 7 hitters. I still have high hopes for the M’s number 6 prospect, but look for him to remain in Jackson for the rest of the season.
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