How are the Mariners Top Prospects Faring this Spring?
Austin Cousino – CF
The 22-year-old is the Mariners 16th best prospect according to us, but Austin Cousino has looked overmatched at the plate this spring in Peoria. He has seen time in 5 games, going hitless through 4 at bats with a pair of strikeouts and 1 caught stealing.
Offensive struggles are nothing new to Cousino, as he looked uncomfortable at the plate with the Clinton LumberKings in 2015. Cousino slashed a disappointing .190/.253/.254 across 257 at bats. He contributed 11 doubles, 2 triples, 12 RBI and 9 stolen bases in 57 games.
Cousino was considered one of the best defensive outfielders in the country at the University of Kentucky, but scouts have long worried about his ability to handle the bat. The Mariners will likely send Cousino to the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League to start the 2016 season.
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