Seattle Mariners: 5 prospects who could be traded this offseason
Just like Justin Dunn, Jake Fraley came over in one of the trades in 2018 that sent the Mariners into their current rebuild. Fraley came over from the Rays in the Mike Zunino trade and was outstanding in his first year in the Mariners system.
He had never played above single-A in the Rays system, but in AA and AAA in 2019 Fraley hit a combined .298 with 19 home runs, a .910 OPS, in 427 plate appearances across the two leagues. This earned Fraley a callup to the majors in 2019 where he was disappointing. In 41 plate appearances, Fraley hit .150 with a .371 OPS, and in just 12 games played he had a -0.4 defensive WAR.
He was called up again in 2020 but in just 7 games he had a .511 OPS. Fraley can clearly hit in the minors and has some power, so he has the potential to figure it out in the majors. However, he might be best suited for a change of scenery and somewhere where he could play regularly in the lineup.
The Mariners outfield currently, and in the future, is too crowded for Fraley to fit into the equation, so he could be the odd man out and be on the move if the Mariners were to make a trade with a team that Fraley could play regularly for. He’s just 25 years old and is the Mariners 9th ranked prospect on MLB.com, so he could be a valuable piece in a trade.