The first half of the Arizona Fall League is in the books and the AFL All-Star Game is taking place during this writing. Having said that, the Mariners on the Peoria Javelinas are in first place in the AFL West and the team holds the best record in the six-team league. The four Mariners bats on the roster are a big reason for that success. Here is how each of them did in the first half of the season, starting with catcher, Tyler Marlette.
We saw two different Peoria Javelinas teams over the first half of the AFL season. We saw the dominating offense powerhouse squad that jumped out to a 10-1-2; then we saw the team that leveled off and ended the first half of the season with an 11-8-2 record.
However, whether the Javelinas were losing or winning, the Mariners, Tyler Marlette kept on fighting. Marlette had his ups and downs during the first half of the shortened season. Yet, when it was all said and done, he ended up putting up very good numbers, especially compared to what he did down at AA Jackson this past year.
Here is the breakdown of how Tyler Marlette has fared in the first half of the AFL season.
Marlette came into the AFL season probably unsure where he stood in the Mariners organization. He has never made an appearance in the bg leagues but has excelled at all levels of the minor leagues.
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When he started the season off 3-11 with two doubles, two RBI and drawing two walks, he probably thought that those weren’t going to make him stand out among the other four catchers that were on the Mariners roster at the time.
Even when he followed that start up with even better numbers, it just seemed so improbable that this would make much of an impact on his standing on the forty-man roster.
Over the next four games, Marlette went 7-17, driving in six runs and hitting his first two home runs of the young season. In three of those four games, he also managed multi-hit games.
Marlette did cool off in the final stretch before the All-Star Game, but he finished the first half with very respectable numbers. In all, he went 10-34 -a .294 average- with two home runs and eight RBI. Compared to his fifteen games with AA Jackson last year, Marlette is having a better season so far. With AA Jackson, Marlette only hit one home run and knocked in six RBI.
Now that GM Jerry Dipoto has let Chris Iannetta and Steve Clevenger move on to their next teams, Marlette may have more of a shot earning a spot on the forty-man roster as a backup to Mike Zunino. But he’ll need to at least continue what he started in the first half of the AFL season, if not step up his game up to another level.