It is trade deadline season. The Mariners also just infused their farm system with a fresh draft class and an international free agent class. Now is a good time to re-evaluate what Seattle has to work with.
If you missed part 1 of the article, in which we discuss the Mariners 20-11 best prospects, you can see the complete list by clicking here. 9 of the players on part 1 were acquired by Jerry Dipoto and his team. Of those 9, 8 came via the draft. Only one was acquired by trade.
In part 2 of our Top 20 Mariner’s prospect countdown, we will look at the ten best prospects in the farm system, at least according to me. Of those 10, 9 were acquired by Dipoto and company. 6 of the 10 were drafted, 3 are international free agents, and 1 is a holdover from the Jack Zduriencik regime.
I highlight this specific breakdown to strengthen my case that Dipoto and company have done a good job at restocking the farm. As I mentioned in part 1, Dipoto has been far from perfect. However, there is no denying that the Mariners farm system is in better shape today than the day Dipoto got here.
The system is undoubtedly deeper. I had 45 names that I considered for the Top 20. The system has a depth of bullpen arms with good upside, as well as toolsy outfielders. There is some legitimate upside in this system. Despite what the ignorant masses will say, there are prospects in this system that other teams want.
Whether or not all 10 of these players will stick around for next week, let alone survive the off-season remains to be seen. But remember, the job of the farm system is to improve the MLB team. Either by developing players to wear the Mariners uniform, or developing these players to become trade assets. Here now are our 10 best Mariners prospects.