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

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Everett AquaSox – Short Season A – 4-1, 1st Place in Northwest League North Division

Hot – Ryan Uhl – 1B

The Mariners’ 7th round selection in the 2015 draft has had a hot start to his professional career. Through his first 3 games with the AquaSox, Uhl is hitting .545 with 2 RBI’s. The 6’6 first baseman is the recent recipient of the Tino Martinez Award, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top division II baseball player. Uhl is a player to keep an eye on, as the 22-year-old has big time pop.

Hot – Jordan Cowan – 3B

The Covington, WA product is tearing up the Northwest League so far in 2015. Cowan is hitting .368 with 1 home run and a team leading 7 RBI’s through his first 3 games. Cowan was drafted in the 37th round of the 2014 draft by the M’s, and he was briefly a member of the Jackson Generals this month. I don’t think he was quite ready for that level, but he is playing much better than expected right now with Everett.

Hot – Alex Jackson – RF

The Mariners’ top prospect has had rough campaign in 2015, but he appears to finally be finding his stroke in Everett. Jackson was awful with Clinton earlier this season, and he earned the demotion to the Northwest League. However, Jackson is hitting .319 with a double and an RBI across his first 5 games in Everett. Hopefully, the former 1st round pick is able to rebuild his confidence with a strong summer with the AquaSox.

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Not – Braden Bishop – CF

The M’s selected Bishop out of the University of Washington with their 3rd round selection in this year’s draft. Bishop was said to be a superb defender, who might have trouble hitting in pro ball. So far, this has been true. The 21-year-old is hitting just .133 with 1 RBI and a stolen base across his first 5 games. Bishop is a great kid, who has done a lot of work raising money for Alzheimer research. I am rooting for Bishop, and I think he has a great chance to be a big leaguer one day.

Hot – Luiz Gohara – SP

The Brazilian born southpaw has long been regarded as one of the top prospects in the Mariners’ system, and now M’s fans are getting the chance to see why. Gahara is 1-0 with 0.00 ERA after his first start in the Northwest League. The 18-year-old has struck out 9 and walked 3 across 6.0 innings pitched. Gahara has big league potential, and despite his young age, he could move quickly through the system in the coming years.

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