Seattle Mariners prospect Logan Gilbert went into yesterday’s series opener with a 7.59 ERA. The young pitcher has been subpar in his first three outings, but he looked a lot better on Memorial Day.
The 27th ranked MLB prospect was much more efficient and threw his first quality start in the bigs. Let’s break down Logan Gilbert’s fourth start for the Seattle Mariners.
Logan Gilbert’s average fastball was 95mph
Right out of the gate, the Stetson product was hucking some hard fastballs. The hardest fastball he threw was 97.9mph and averaged a 95mph fastball throughout the game. His season average has been 94.3mph, so he was feeling good yesterday.
Compared to his past three outings, Logan Gilbert’s fastball command was much better. He still left a lot of pitches in dangerous areas and was hurt by Chad Pinder and Matt Olsen, but overall improvements.
One thing I noticed was that Logan missed to his arm side a lot. There were a couple of at-bats where he kept missing in the same exact spot, just a bit outside and he couldn’t adjust. I don’t know if it’s a mechanical issue or something, but he struggled to throw fastballs to the glove side.
The Seattle Mariners prospect couldn’t throw his curveball for a strike
Logan Gilbert had a tough time locating his big curveball against the Athletics. He kept missing to the glove side and often times left it up in the zone.
I don’t expect him to get too many swings and misses with his curveball, but it could be a great way to mix up speeds if he can locate it more consistently.
Overall, Logan Gilbert was fantastic and looked like the prospect the Seattle Mariners are looking forward to
Logan Gilbert’s final line: 6 innings, 5 hits, two earned runs, one walk, and five strikeouts.
Yesterday’s outing is a promising sign for the Seattle Mariners. Logan Gilbert is still young and has a lot of things he needs to improve on. That being said, if he is still learning and can provide the Mariners with six innings of two-run baseball, we will take that every day.
Keep in mind that Gilbert was also squeezed by the home plate umpire so he could’ve had an even better stat line. For all you fantasy baseball players, if Logan Gilbert is still available on waivers, pick him up immediately.