Brewers Sign Mariners Pitcher, Life-Long Seattleite, Forrest Snow To Minors Deal

Feb 26, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Forrest Snow poses for a portrait during photo day at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Forrest Snow poses for a portrait during photo day at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The Milwaukee Brewers have reached a minor league deal to sign Seattle Mariners pitcher and life-long Seattleite, Forrest Snow.

By anyone’s standards, baseball would be considered a full-fledged global interest. So it is rare when a player who was born in a particular city, not only goes to high school and college in their hometown, then gets drafted by their favorite local team as well. In the case of Forrest Snow and the Mariners, though, that’s exactly how it happened.

From his days at the prestigious Lakeside School in the Seattle suburbs to his time with the Washington Huskies just a short, but often traffic-filled drive down I-5 from his high school, Snow seemed destined to one day play for the Mariners and his home city of Seattle.

As a lion at Lakeside, he showcased his potential, working hard to reach a record of 13-9 with an ERA of 2.86. Those numbers earned him a spot on the Huskies roster where he was hit hard by more experienced talent.

In his final two years of his college career he had ERA’s of 5.81 and 6.30, but showed enough promise that the Mariners drafted him in the thirty-sixth round in 2010.

Initially, he played well for the Mariners, not allowing a run in his first 25.1 innings of action in ten games. He even was holding batters in the Northwest League to a batting average of .104 out the gates with the Everett Aquasox in Everett, Washington.

He would struggle over the next couple of years, even though he was moving up the ranks, even playing a ton of ball at the triple-A level in Tacoma, Washington with the Rainiers. From 2011 through 2012, his record was 10-21 with an ERA of 5.66.

He would bounce back the two following years in 2013 and 2014, jumping back and forth between double and triple-a ball. His ERA over that span was an improved 3.41.

The high point of this span was the way he finished strong in 2013, going fourteen innings without allowing a run including five innings of shutout ball in his final appearance.

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His on the field low point came as he was ending the 2014 season. That year he had and ERA of 7.71 due to three appearances where he surrendered four, six and seven runs respectively. Before the 2014 season started he was suspended per MLB rules for failing his second drug test.

During the past two years, his play fluctuated from great to decent to OK to bad so often it wasn’t easy to judge where Snow was really at with his game.

In 2015 he gave up runs in twenty-five of twenty-nine appearances, but in 2016 he had an eight-game stretch where he allowed just five hits and no runs in 14.1 frames.

All the ups and downs in his long, dream come true ride couldn’t earn him a spot on the Mariners forty-man roster once in nearly a decade. After seven years with the organization, the Mariners have decided to end Snow’s ride in and around Seattle and the Mariners franchise. Going back twenty-seven years there was one constant in his life: Seattle.

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Now Snow must now adjust to his new to a new home, a new environment, a new team, but most importantly a new city, as he heads to Milwaukee with a roster spot on the Brewers for spring training.