Mariners Minor League Review: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

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Tacoma Rainiers – AAA – 35-36, 2nd Place in PCL Northern Division

Hot – Shawn O’Malley – UTL

The Southridge, WA product is as hot as anyone in the Pacific Coast League right now. O’Malley is hitting .450 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 9 RBI’s and 2 stolen bases since June 12th. The 27-year-old is tearing it up this month for the Rainiers, hitting .367 with 3 home runs, 17 RBI’s and 4 stolen bases. O’Malley represents the heir apparent to Willie Bloomquist in Seattle. Considering Willie’s struggles in 2015, I think we we could see O’Malley at Safeco Field at some point this summer.

Hot – Stefen Romero – RF

Over the last 8 ballgames, the Oregon State alum is hitting .389 with 8 doubles, 1 home run and 8 RBI’s. Romero is hitting .325 this month with 11 doubles, 1 home run and 13 RBI’s across 80 at bats. Fans are calling for the promotion of Franklin Gutierrez, and while I agree he could be of use in Seattle, Romero has been getting the majority of starts this season in right field. I think Gutierrez will get the call sooner than Romero, but look for the 26-year-old to help out the M’s this September.

Hot – Jesus Montero – 1B

The 25-year-old slugger is mashing against AAA pitching in 2015. Montero is as hot as they come right now, hitting .351 with 2 home runs and 9 RBI’s over his last 8 ballgames. He has posted a .337 batting average with 5 home runs and 22 RBI’s in the month of June. Why the M’s gave up a valuable reliever and a top tier prospect for Mark Trumbo is beyond me. Simply put, Montero should be in the big leagues right now, and he deserves to take Trumbo’s spot.

Not – Justin Germano – SP

Justin Germano has appeared in the “hot” section for much of the season, but the clock appears to be striking midnight on this Cinderella story. The 32-year-old right-hander has been rejuvenated this season pitching in Tacoma, but he has struggled lately. Germano is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA across his last 2 outings. His 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio over his last 12 innings is underwhelming. I still think Germano is an intriguing option for the M’s this summer, but he will need to improve.

Hot – Forrest Snow – SP

Forrest Snow may not be a household name yet, but he has a chance to develop into a solid back of the rotation starter for the Mariners. The 26-year-old Seattle native is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last 2 starts. His 6:6 strikeout to walk ratio is not overly impressive, but the opposition is hitting just .159 against Snow across his last 13 innings. Snow is 5-4 this season, and he has posted a minuscule 2.48 ERA. These numbers are particularly impressive given the PCL’s reputation as a hitters paradise.

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