The Seattle Mariners find themselves in the thick of a playoff battle to close the season. With just six games to play, the scrappy young team is two games behind the Boston Red Sox for the second American League Wild Card spot. How did they find themselves in such a competitive position this late in the season? Look no further than the bullpen.
To say the Seattle bullpen has been a revelation this season would be an understatement. Sporting the dynamic three-headed monster of Paul Sewald, Drew Steckenrider, and Diego Castillo locking down the late innings, with key contributors Casey Sadler and Joe Smith bridging the gap from the starter, the Mariners lead the league in wins when the score is decided by just one run.
While it may be hard to improve upon that group’s performance, there are three names to know lurking just below the surface. With electric stuff and varying pedigree, this trio of prospects are primed for a late season callup to help out the Mariners’ final push for the playoffs. Fortunately for Seattle, all three of these players are under team control for the foreseeable future and are guaranteed to make a serious impact in 2022 should a late season callup be deemed unnecessary.