Seattle Mariners prospect no. 3 – Julio Rodriguez
At this point, it’s almost like you’d be disappointed if Julio Rodriguez was not on every prospect-related article we publish. Julio is currently hitting .303 along with five home runs and 13 runs batted in. The highly-touted prospect has also stolen three bases.
JROD has also hit five doubles and one triple which has helped boost his OPS to .983. Despite being just 20-years-old, it seems like he isn’t having any trouble with the High-A level pitching. He’s hitting so well that promotion is probably not too far away.
Julio is viewed as one of the next big stars and so far, there is no indication of that statement not being true.
Seattle Mariners prospect no. 4 – Emerson Hancock
This should not be a surprise at all either. Emerson Hancock is in his first season of minor league baseball and has been off to a fantastic start. In 9.1 innings, the University of Georgia product has allowed only one run and four hits.
He owns as 0.96 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and an opposing batters average of .133. Dare I say it, is he the next Jacob deGrom? Still too early to speculate, but Hancock is one of the best pitchers to come out of last year’s draft class and the Seattle Mariners are extremely lucky to have him.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Emerson also gets promoted sometime during this year if he continues to dominate High-A batters. Since the right-handed pitcher is a college draftee, his development time shouldn’t take very long so we might be able to see him even as soon as late next season.