Mariners Minor-League Roundup: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not
Jackson Generals: 19-12, 1st place in Southern League North Division
Tyler O’Neill, RF – Hot
The Langley, BC native is having a stellar season with the Generals, hitting .322 with 6 home runs and 22 RBI across 29 games. He has carried the offense, as nobody else on the team has more than 2 homers or 17 RBI. O’Neill has registered a .383 on base percentage and slugged .557 through 115 at bats. Strikeouts are the biggest concern with Tyler and he has definitely done a lot swinging and missing in 2016, striking out 33 times. Look for O’Neill to get his shot in Seattle during the 2017 season.
D.J. Peterson, 1B – Not
It’s fair to say no prospect in baseball has fallen faster than D.J. Peterson the past couple years. The former top prospect is slashing just .237/.307/.360 with 2 home runs and 16 RBI across 30 games. It’s hard to believe Peterson hit .297 with 31 homers during the 2014 season. I would not be surprised to see the University of New Mexico alum traded this season before he loses all value to other clubs.
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Edwin Diaz, RHP – Hot
It doesn’t matter whether he is a starter or a reliever, this hard throwing righty is hard to hit. Diaz is 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA through 7 appearances (6 starts) in 2016. He has struck out 40 and walked 5 across 30 innings. Dipoto recently announced that Diaz would shift the bullpen, and that could facilitate a call-up to Seattle this summer. His fastball/slider combo is deadly, and I think he could be an impact reliever for the Mariners in the future.
Leon Landry, CF – Hot
The 26-year-old center fielder spent the bulk of last season playing for the Rainiers, and he has outclassed the Southern League so far in 2016. Landry is hitting .291 with 1 homer and 15 RBI across 28 games. He also has 4 doubles, 3 triples and 2 stolen bases this season. Landry is likely to find himself back in Tacoma before long.
Dylan Unsworth, RHP – Hot
Unsworth has confused hitters in the Southern League all season, and he is currently 2-0 with a 1.30 ERA through his first 6 starts of the year. The South African right-hander has posted a 23:7 strikeout to walk ratio through 34.2 innings, and has held the opposition to just 1.21 walks/hits per inning. Unsworth is slightly undersized to be a starter in the big leagues, and a move to the bullpen may be in his future.
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