The Seattle Mariners have one of the best farm systems in the league and have plenty of players who are MLB ready. So which prospects could make the opening day roster?
Everywhere you read will tell you that the Mariners have one of the top 10 farm systems in the MLB, and when other sites and publications come out with their rankings for 2021 I would not be surprised if almost all of them have them in their top 5. On MLB.com the Mariners also have 6 prospects in their top 100 rankings, which is tied for most in the league with Tampa Bay.
However, how many of those prospects are MLB ready? In the Mariners’ top 30 on MLB.com 12 of their prospects have expected arrival times in the majors of 2020 or 2021, with 6 of those players already making their MLB debuts.
So out of the other 6 players who are projected to come up this year, or were projected to come up last year and did not, as well as any other players who might be close to making their debut, Who could make the opening day roster?
There are plenty of players who will undoubtedly make their MLB debut next year like Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert, but there are really only three in that group of guys who have not debuted yet who could make the opening day roster. MLB salary rules also make it more and more likely that guys get called up a few weeks into the season because if they remain in the minors for a set amount of time, they will not have enough “service time” in the MLB come 6 years from now and will remain under team control for another year.
So who are those three?