Mariners Dylan Unsworth 1st Half Fall Update
With three Mariners relievers honing their craft in the AFL this fall, M’s pitching coach, Mel Stottlemyre is hoping that their lone starter, Dylan Unsworth can continue to shine in the second half, next season and beyond. Here is how he’s done so far after the 1st half of the AFL season.
If you didn’t know it already, Dylan Unsworth is a stud. He started his minor league career in 2010 and it took a couple of years to settle in. In his third and fourth seasons with minor league squads, he had a record of 11-3 and an ERA just over three.
He then struggled again for a couple of years, but that didn’t deter him from wanting to prove his true worth.
This past season with AA Jackson -where he pitched alongside fellow Mariners pitcher and Javelinas hurler, Emilio Pagan- Unsworth had his best season to date. He went 3-1 over nine games and had a complete game shutout. Those numbers earned him a spot as a mid-season all-star in the conference.
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To add to those great numbers, over his six minor league seasons Unsworth showed off his strikeout/walk brilliance to the Mariners faithful. On average in his career, he allows just one walk for every five K’s.
Now that he’s in the AFL, it seems he wants to build off of his spectacular 2016 campaign. But, this is proving harder than expected. In his debut, he allowed four hits but no earned runs in three innings. This was his best outing so far.
Over his next three outings, he gave up a total of nine hits and four earned runs in ten innings. He did strike out six batters in that span, but these stats aren’t where they were just a few months earlier.
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However, this is probably just a speed bump. As I said before, he has proved how good he can be over his handful of years in the minors. If he picks up where he left off in Jackson, we could see Unsworth make the two-level jump to the big leagues like his former teammate, Edwin Diaz did last year.