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Jul 8, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher David Rollins (59) throws against the Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

David Rollins – LHP

The Mariners acquired David Rollins last offseason from the Houston Astros via the rule 5 draft. Rollins pitched very well in spring training, but was given a 50-game ban by MLB in late March following a positive drug test. The 25-year-old lefty rejoined Seattle in July, and finished the season with a 0-2 record and a 7.56 ERA. Rollins tallied 21 strikeouts and issued 8 free passes across 25 innings.

Due to Rollins missing the first half of the season, Seattle opted to send him to the AFL to get a few more innings under his belt. He has had mixed results thus far, going 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 1 save through his first 3 appearances. Rollins has fanned 4 and walked 1 in 4 innings of work.

David Rollins struggled mightily this past season with Seattle, and it will take a great spring for him to break camp in the Mariners’ bullpen. He allowed far too many baserunners in 2015, as his 1.800 WHIP illustrates. I expect Rollins to begin next year with Tacoma.

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