Mariners Minors: Affiliates Make Winning Look Easy

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Sep 7, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Safeco Field. The Mariners won 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 7, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Safeco Field. The Mariners won 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Mariners had seven minor league affiliates in 2016. All of them made strong runs for their respective championships. Three clubs lost in the playoff semi-final.  Two lost in the final. And, two won the championship. All this winning can hopefully mean just one thing: winning Mariners teams in the coming years.

Sure, this is probably being optimistic. Many minor league clubs have good runs, but that doesn’t necessarily translate in the big show. Certainly, some recent players have worked out, and quite well. Edwin Diaz and Mike Zunino have been standouts on the Mariners the year- even if Zunino has continued to struggle with his batting average.

Of course, there are other players that many are not aware of, that shined in the minors. Take Tyler O’Neil of the AA Jackson Generals or Eric Filia who spent all of this year with the Everett AquaSox before being promoted to AAA Tacoma Rainers.

But, these are just a few of the names that you’ll see as we run through the review. So, without further ado, let’s breakdown each team’s run at glory.

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