Predicting the Seattle Mariners September Call Ups
Like Dunn and Lewis, White has spent his entire 2019 in AA Arkansas and after dealing with some adversity via injuries, White has produced at a solid rate in the Texas League. His .286/.340/.472 slash line is nice, as is his premier defense.
But White still has work to do in the power department. He has set a career-high in home runs with 16, but it is still fringe-average for the position. White is a good athlete and currently, his bat actually profiles best in center field, a position he could handle if needed.
White has shown strides this season and works hard to grow his game. But the PA’s are likely not going to be there for him in September, so holding him out and sending him to the AZFL again before shipping him to AAA Tacoma for the start of 2020 may be the better play.
I like Donnie Walton. He is just about as mistake-free as you can get. He so rarely makes a mental mistake on the field, it is worth monitoring when he does. He isn’t flashy. He is a bit too old to be in AA. And he doesn’t have one stand out tool. But he is just a ballplayer.
He is primarily a second baseman, yet he can handle shortstop if needed. Walton has quietly had an excellent year in Arkansas, slashing .299/.395/.426 in 117 games, showing some decent pop along the way (11 home runs, 20 doubles).
I do see some Joey Wendle in his game with a floor of Mark Ellis. I think he is ultimately a 24th or 25th man on the roster, but one that can do a little bit of everything. I’d love to see him with the big club.
Perhaps the most unheralded of the vaunted Arkansas rotation, Sanchez has quietly had a very nice season for the Travelers. Acquired for cash from the Braves, Sanchez has posted a 3.88 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a 3.74 K/BB ratio.
He’s not flashy and has already blown by his career high in innings pitched, there isn’t much benefit to sending Sanchez to Seattle for the last 2-3 weeks of the regular season. Sanchez likely starts 2020 in AAA Tacoma.
So there you have it. Again, there are at least half a dozen relievers who could make this list, including Art Warren, Sam Delaplane, and Joey Gerber, but this list provides the most “exciting” names that could warrant a call up as soon as next week.