The Seattle Mariners 30th ranked prospect Logan Rinehart is showing promise
The 2019 16th round pick Logan Rinehart is the 30th ranked prospect in the Seattle Mariners organization. Rinehart is a 23-year-old, right-handed relief pitcher in the farm system and made it up to Single-A in 2019. With the minor league shutdown in 2020, Logan Rinehart missed a great opportunity to test his skills in Advanced Single-A, or potentially even Double-A.
As the tweet shows, Rinehart struck out 26 batters in 18 games after joining the organization. The 6’3″ reliever pitched 34.2 innings and posted a 3.38 ERA. He also saved two games and kept his WHIP at a 1.21. Logan Rinehart was a starting pitcher at California Baptist University but in the Cape Cod League, he pitched in relief and did really well. His performances in the Cape Cod led him to be a reliever in the Mariners organization, instead of a starter.
His fastball sits in the mid-90s and has a great changeup with a slider and curveball. Rinehart is another example of a Mariners prospect that was drafted out of college, a pattern we have noticed from general manager Jerry Dipoto. Although Logan Rinehart was a late-round selection, his first minor league season in 2019 was a good sign.
Logan Rinehart participated in the Instructional League in Arizona which allowed him to get some practice and live gameplay. In Arizona, he did not get to pitch as much as others but spending time in the Instructional League with other prospects is meaningful. Rinehart was not a part of the Summer Camp training roster so he missed out on those practice reps which made his time in Arizona even more important.
Due to the limited amount of sources and stats published, I was only able to calculate that he pitched four innings and threw 79 total pitches. So, these numbers have the potential of being inaccurate. Rinehart faced 18 batters and according to my calculations, his fastball average was roughly 94.15 mph. He allowed four hits, gave up one home run and walked two batters. Rinehart struck out six batters which equals a 13.50 K/9 ratio.
It was probably not the most ideal situation for Rinehart because he only faced 18 batters compared to some other pitchers who threw to 30+ batters. The good thing is that Rinehart is still young, only 23-years-old, and is not expected to make the big leagues for a couple more years.
Logan Rinehart is someone the Seattle Mariners fans should keep a close eye on for the next couple of years. According to MLB.com, Rinehart is projected to join the team in 2022, which is the same year as Julio Rodriguez. Expect Rinehart to rise up the Mariners prospect rankings as more players begin to graduate from the list.