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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Sep 30, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto conducts an interview in the dugout before a game against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto conducts an interview in the dugout before a game against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

Arizona League Mariners and Dominican Summer League Mariners

Finally, we have the short season teams. These guys may not have had as many opportunities to flaunt their stuff, but they still were competing for a title.

For the Arizona League squad, they reached the pinnacle by winning the championship. As for the Dominican side, they fared well but couldn’t make it past the semi-final.

In the AZL, it was the closer, Jack Anderson, who was the team MVP. His six saves and 1.89 ERA among AZL closers was second best.

Even if many of the players didn’t qualify as the cream of the crop, the impressive team effort is what powered them to the championship.

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As for the Dominican League studs, it was starter, Andres Torres, who blew the field away. His 1.26 ERA as a starter was fifth best.

The rest of the team did well, but failed to prove they were some of the best players in the league. Nevertheless, the Dominican League Mariners made it so far, so no one is complaining.

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