Logan Gilbert will make his 2021 Spring Training debut today (March 7th) against the Angels and if you have never seen him pitch, it is a must-watch. Across three different levels in the minors, the former first-round draft pick has made 26 starts and his highest ERA at any level was 2.88 in 2019 in AA.
Gilbert is ranked as the 33rd best prospect in baseball and the fourth in the Mariners system that includes six players in the top 100. His pitch arsenal features a 65-grade fastball, a 55-grade slider, a 50-grade curve, and a 55-grade change. Hopefully, he will be able to make his major league debut at some time early in the season, but of course, as we were informed by the disgraced former team president Kevin Mather, Gilbert will indeed be debuting early this year.
It is likely that the plan that Mather leaked remains unchanged, and Jerry Dipoto also recently said that he thinks that Gilbert is the most MLB-ready player among Seattle’s top prospects. So, expect to see Gilbert make his debut early in the season, and maybe if his first start today and his starts this spring go well, he could even make the Opening Day roster.