5 bold predictions for the Mariners in the 2021 season

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MESA, ARIZONA - MARCH 03: Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners dives back to first base against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning on March 03, 2021 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
MESA, ARIZONA - MARCH 03: Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners dives back to first base against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning on March 03, 2021 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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Seattle Mariners Cal Raleigh
MESA, ARIZONA – MARCH 03: Cal Raleigh #29 of the Seattle Mariners at bat against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning on March 03, 2021 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

Cal Raleigh is the Mariners starting catcher by August

Cal Raleigh has looked great in Spring Traning so far and had a great Instructional League. All signs currently point towards Raliegh making his debut in 2021 as he’s the third-string catcher and looks MLB ready. If either Tom Murphy or Luis Torrens get injured then Raleigh will be the next man up.

So chances are in the first few months of the season either Murphy or Torrens will have to be sent down due to poor performance or will end up on the injured list. This opens the door for Raleigh to be called up and I see his impressive stats from the minors, Instructional League, and Spring Training carrying over.

Then after just a few weeks in the bigs, Raleigh will be the everyday starting catcher as the Mariners continue to commit to the youth movement. As is the case with many things that we wonder about the team, former team president Kevin Mather did say that Cal Raleigh is the future for Seattle at the catcher spot. So, if he’s right then the Mariners will want to make Raleigh their starting catcher at the first chance they get.

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