Mariners Minors: Checking in with the Everett AquaSox

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Corey Simpson patrolling left field for Everett. (Photo Credit: Brian Helberg)

Corey Simpson – LF

Corey Simpson flashed some big time power on Tuesday night, ripping a line drive that split the gap in left-center field. Drew Jackson and Logan Taylor trotted around to score as the 21-year-old glided into second base with a standup double. Simpson finished just 1 for 5, but his first inning double was one of the better hit balls of the night. He also played an unspectacular, but solid left field for the AquaSox.

The Sweeney, TX product is an imposing figure. Simpson stands tall at 6’2 and tips the scales at 210 lbs. His body is reminiscent of a young Franklin Gutierrez, and his playing style is somewhat similar as well. He bats right-handed and throws right-handed. Simpson has tallied 3 outfield assists in 2015, but his defense is still a bit of a work in progress.

Simpson was selected by the Mariners in the third round of the 2013 draft, and he is currently repeating at Everett. That is obviously not an ideal situation for the youngster, but the extra time in the Northwest League appears to be paying off. Simpson is hitting .283 on the season with a team leading 7 home runs and 39 RBI across 46 games.

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