Mariners Minor-League Roundup: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not
Jackson Generals – The Generals are Destroying the Southern League
Tyler O’Neill – RF – Hot
The Langley, BC native has torn apart the Southern League in 2016. O’Neill started the season by reaching base safely in 28 consecutive games, and he has reached in 40 of 43 games this season. Overall, the 20-year-old slugger is hitting .311 with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs and 29 RBI this year. O’Neill is definitely a prospect to watch for M’s fans this summer.
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Edwin Diaz – RHP – Hot
The Mariners top pitching prospect has lived to the hype in 2016. Diaz has been excellent since shifting to the bullpen, posting a 0.00 ERA with 11 strikeouts across 7 innings of work. The 22-year-old is 3-3 on the season with a 2.50 ERA. It’s possible fans in the Emerald City could get their first look at Diaz at some point this year.
D.J. Peterson – 1B – Hot
The M’s former top overall prospect has had a rough couple seasons, but he appears to finally be getting his swing sorted out. Peterson is riding a 5-game hitting streak, during which he has hit .450 with 3 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBI. His season slash line of .242/.307/.379 still leaves something to be desired, but at least he is heading in the right direction.
Ryan Yarbrough – LHP – Hot
Yarbs may not have the same name recognition as other M’s prospects, but the 24-year-old southpaw is having one heck of a season in Jackson. Yarbrough has won 5 consecutive starts, while posting a 1.45 ERA. On the season, he is 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA through 9 starts.
Steve Baron – C – Hot
Some fans may remember Baron from when he played for the Mariners at the tail end of last season. He has spent the first two months playing for the Generals in 2016, and he is on fire right now. Baron has hit safely in 24 of the 31 games he has appeared in this season. He is slashing .292/.390/.349 with 4 doubles, 1 triple and 16 RBI. He’s buried behind a number of capable backstops in the M’s organization, but Baron should be proud of the work he is doing in Jackson.
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