Mariners Spring Training: The 5 hottest hitters right now

MESA, ARIZONA - MARCH 03: Taylor Trammell #20 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after his home run (Ty France). (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
MESA, ARIZONA - MARCH 03: Taylor Trammell #20 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after his home run (Ty France). (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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Jose Marmolejos of the Mariners at bat.
PEORIA, ARIZONA – MARCH 04: Jose Marmolejos #26 of the Seattle Mariners at-bat against the Colorado Rockies. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

Mariners Hitter #3: Jose Marmolejos

Jose has had a quiet but impressive Spring Training. His teammates have been hitting big home runs left and right which is why you haven’t heard much of Marmolejos’ name.

Through 11 at-bats, the first baseman has five hits, one double, and one RBI. Yeah, nothing too flashy but it’s progress for Jose. Put together, he has a .455 batting average, .455 OBP, .545 slugging, and 1.000 OPS.

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An important detail in his stats, Jose has only struck out once this Spring. In his rookie season (2020), he struck out 27.8% of the time. For context, Khris Davis, the perfect home run or strikeout example, strikes out 27.8% of the time (career).

I acknowledge that it has only been six games and 11 at-bats, but that already seems like a huge improvement. But, when a player switches their hitting approach, there can be tradeoffs.

As of now, Marmo has only hit one double in exchange for plate discipline. So, I wonder if he is taking more of a contact hitter approach to start the Spring. But I could also be entirely wrong and this could just be a bad sample to come to conclusions.

Regardless, Jose Marmolejos is one of the hot hitters right now at Mariners camp. I looked forward to seeing how he progresses/digresses as we get closer to Opening Day.

Now onto hitter #4.

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