Do you want to talk about a very good team? Well, it’s not the Seattle Mariners just yet. The correct answer, the Everett AquaSox. The High-A affiliates of the Mariners have a very talented team particularly on the pitching side of things.
The AquaSox have some of the best pitching prospects in the Seattle Mariners organization but some of the lesser-known ones are pitching the best.
Matt Brash, Isaiah Campbell, and Brandon Williamson are a deadly trio for the Everett AquaSox
The Everett AquaSox might have one of the strongest pitching staffs the Seattle Mariners farm system has ever seen. A big reason for that is how well the lesser-known prospects are performing right now. Matt Brash, Brandon Williamson, and Isaiah Campbell have thrown frequently for Everett and have been impressive.
Matt Brash, a former fourth-round selection during the 2019 draft by the San Diego Padres has certainly exceeded his prospect ranking. The Seattle Mariners acquired him in the Taylor Williams trade and Brash is currently the 29th ranked prospect in the organization.
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The 23-year-old pitcher is barely in the top 30 but he has pitched a lot better than where he sits. Brash has started four games and made another appearance as a closer. He has thrown 21.1 innings and owns an impressive 2.11 ERA.
The right-handed pitcher has struck out 34 batters, allowed 15 hits, 13 walks, and hit three batters. For a low-ranked prospect that is estimated to arrive in 2024, that is a really impressive stat line.
Higher up on the list, Isaiah Campbell the 12th ranked prospect has also been dealing. He has thrown 19.1 innings in four appearances and owns a 2.33 ERA. The 23-year-old has struck out 20 batters, and allowed just 13 hits, six walks, and hit two batters. Campbell doesn’t have the high strikeouts like Brash, but Campbell’s control seems more refined.
Isaiah Campbell was on my 5 prospects to keep an eye on this season list and he’s been impressive thus far.
A little further up the list, Brandon Williamson is the 10th ranked prospect and he has completed the excellent trio for the Everett AquaSox. The second-round pick by the Seattle Mariners in 2019 has made four starts and owns a 2.25 ERA. The tall left-hander has thrown 20 innings and has struck out nearly two batters per inning (39 K’s).
Williamson has walked only seven and opponents are hitting .132 off of him. The 23-year-old has been lights out and rounds out a really great 1-2-3 punch.
These three aren’t the only ones pitching for the Everett AquaSox
Seattle Mariners prospects Levi Stoudt, Tim Elliott, Juan Then, Emerson Hancock, and George Kirby are also in Everett. But Stoudt, Elliott, and Then, haven’t been as elite as the three I mentioned earlier in the article.
As far as the headline names: Emerson Hancock and George Kirby, they haven’t thrown very much so far. Hancock has logged 12.1 innings while Kirby has pitched 101. innings.
This is a very deep group of talent and I honestly think this is one of the best minor league pitching staffs in Seattle Mariners history. It will be exciting to see these prospects grow and move up the ladder in the next couple of years. The future is bright in Everett and hopefully not too far away.