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

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Feb 26, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners infielder Patrick Kivlehan poses for a portrait during photo day at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tacoma Rainiers – AAA – 41-41, 2nd Place in Pacific Coast League Northern Division

Jesus Montero – 1B – Hot

The former top prospect is tearing up the PCL in 2015, and he sports a .579 batting average over the last week. Montero has 2 doubles, 1 triple and 1 RBI across his last 19 at bats. The 25-year-old is hitting .322 on the season with 13 home runs and 61 RBI’s. Why Montero is still in Tacoma is a mystery to me.

Forrest Snow – RHP – Hot

The Mariners did not have high expectations for Forrest Snow this season, but he has proven to be the best starter in the Rainiers’ rotation. The 26-year-old right-hander has put together a solid week, allowing 1 run on 4 hits across 7 innings pitched. He fanned 6 and walked 3 in his lone outing this week. Snow is a local boy having grown up in Seattle and attended the University of Washington, and I think he could be pitching at Safeco Field this September.

Patrick Kivlehan – LF – Hot

The Mariners’ number 4 prospect has had an up and down season in 2015 with Tacoma, but this past week has been more up than down. Kivlehan is hitting .280 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI’s over his last 6 games. The Rutgers alum has 1 double, 5 strikeouts and 0 walks in his last 26 plate appearances. I do not expect to see Kivlehan is Seattle this season, but I think he could play a role next season with the M’s.

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