How are the Mariners Top Prospects Faring this Spring?
Braden Bishop – CF
The University of Washington alum placed 12th in our list of the Mariners top 20 prospects, and Braden Bishop has lived up to the hype so far in spring training. He is hitting .333 with 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 strikeout and 1 caught stealing across 7 games.
The Mariners selected Bishop in the third round of the 2015 draft, and assigned him to the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League last summer. Bishop excelled in Everett, slashing .320/.367/.393 across 248 plate appearances. He showed much more pop than most experts expected, clubbing a pair of home runs and driving in 22 runs through 56 games. Bishop also contributed 8 doubles, 2 triples and 13 stolen bases.
Bishop is still a couple years away from contributing in Seattle, but his strong showing this spring is definitely encouraging. Look for Braden to open the 2016 season with the Clinton LumberKings or the Bakersfield Blaze.
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