So our starting lineup for the 2023 Mariners is now set. Here are the comps we landed on at each position:
- Catcher- Carson Kelly (Raleigh) Jorge Alfaro (Binns)
- First Base- 2015 Eric Hosmer (White)
- Second base- Marwin Gonzalez (Long)
- Third base- Scott Kingery (Marte)
- Shortstop- 2019 Willy Adames (Crawford)
- Leftfield- Michael Conforto (Kelenic)
- Centerfield- 2016 Lorenzo Cain (Fraley)
- Rightfield- Justin Upton (Rodriguez)
- DH- Domingo Santana (Lewis)
Overall, that is a pretty strong lineup but one that will require outside additions to be a true World Series contenders. But if a few players jump reach their absolute ceilings, they could be an elite offensive ball club.
Next time, we will project the rest of the 2023 bench and the starting rotation with their comparisons. It should be a lot of fun and interesting to see exactly what these players could actually do.
A big shout out is owed to Jason Churchill of Hero Sports, Prospect Insider, and the Baseball Things Podcast (highly reccomended) for this concept.