Mariners Analysis: Prospects Play Part in M’s Success
By Adam Levi
Few games have been better for Mayckol Guaipe than his major league debut back in 2015 against the New York Yankees as he pitched a perfect 2.1 innings of relief, fanning two batters. Yet, while his career line reads 0-3 with 3 blown saves and an 5.29 ERA, there has been more of a positive feeling about Guaipe’s potential as he grows into the man he is destined to become.
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Within the past decade Guaipe has experienced some key changes to his game. First, the Mariners development staff felt that his stuff be more effective in short spurts as a reliever- the relief role worked with the Jackson Generals in 2014 as he boasted a 2.89 ERA in 31 appearances with 12 saves. Second, his physical stature has become indisputably more intimidating. When he was a young man in 2006 he stood 6’2” and weighed a mere 175 lbs. 10 years later he has put on a considerable amount of weight, now pushing 240 on the scale and growing 2 inches taller as well. This transformation helps to intimidate the batters who wait in the box ready to take him on.
Mayckol’s hitting the middle of the zone on 49% of his pitches. To emphasize how often he actually hit the batters sweet spot with his pitches, just think that 6 of 7 of his most struck targets were near the middle of the strike zone. All of this explains why his ERA is 4.91 and batters have a slugging percentage of .310 against the young Venezuelan, and why he was sent back down to Triple-A Tacoma.
If he can work on varying the location of his pitches while adding more speed to his fastball, he should be able to work his way back to the 25-man roster.