Last year was a crazy year for the Seattle Mariners. Many trades were made and multiple players were out all year so you may have forgotten about these 3 impact players.
The 2020 shortened season not only saw 102 fewer regular-season games for the Seattle Mariners, but it also included 0 games of three players who will have huge roles next season and in the future.
The first of which was a piece in the Austin Nola trade with the San Diego Padres. Even with top prospect Taylor Trammell and probable 2021 lineup regular Ty France in the trade, the Mariners acquired a reliever who may have the most potential of all three.
Andres Munoz missed all of last season due to having Tommy John Surgery in March which was a big blow to the Padres bullpen, but then they traded him the Seattle in the Austin Nola deal. Even Though Trammell and France were both in the trade Munoz has back of the bullpen stuff and is yet to turn 22, which means he could end up being a big part of the trade.
Munoz has a fastball that averages 99.9 and he hits the 100’s regularly. He uses two pitches, a 4 seamer and slider, and only throws the slider on a third of pitches. During his only season in the majors, Munoz threw out of the bullpen 22 times and had a 3.91 ERA and a 3.17 FIP in 23 innings pitched.
Munoz is on track for a June return according to Scott Servais, which would be a 14-month recovery from his Tommy John Surgery. However, at the age of (in June 2021) 22 and with his potential, I would not be surprised if he gets more time than that to recover.