It’s no secret that the Mariners have one of the worst farm systems in all of baseball. However, there are a few gems hidden throughout the varying levels of Seattle’s organization, and we’ll get to see some of them in 2019.
Signing free agents and trading for All-Stars is all good and dandy, but youth makes the world go ’round. Even the Yankees, who are notorious for “buying their way” into the postseason, have required the help of baseball’s future. These players give teams superstar level production at a replacement level cost. Teams like the Cubs and Astros have built championship ballclubs around internally grown talent, supplementing and filling out their roster in the free agent and trade markets.
The Mariners are currently struggling to build a postseason contender as they lack both a viable farm system and available dollars to spend. Scheduled to owe roughly $71 million to Kyle Seager, Robinson Canó, and Félix Hernández in 2019, Seattle will likely have to find creative avenues to upgrade their roster this offseason. Simply put, “buying their way” into the postseason is an unlikely event. Therefore, they’ll need some help from the little bit of promising youth blossoming in the depths of their renovated farm system.
Lucky for Seattle, a few of those players appear to be on pace to help them in the 2019 season. We’ve compiled a list of the six likeliest Mariners prospects to make their Major League debut next year.