Mariners Hitters I’m Most Excited About After 2021 Season

Derek Richwine
May 28, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Kyle Lewis (1) bumps forearms with left fielder Jarred Kelenic (10) after hitting a two-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the third inning at T-Mobile Park. Kelenic also scored a run on the hit. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
May 28, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Kyle Lewis (1) bumps forearms with left fielder Jarred Kelenic (10) after hitting a two-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the third inning at T-Mobile Park. Kelenic also scored a run on the hit. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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The 2021 Mariners season was full of stellar performances by a bunch of dudes we knew, and some we hadn’t even heard of before the year began (I’m going to assume you’re a bold-faced liar if you claim you knew about Abraham Toro before that trade).

One thing I love about baseball and this edition of the Mariners, in particular, is that you never know who is going to shine in the biggest moments. During the Cano/Cruz years, you knew if we were going to have a chance, one of those two was going to have to deliver. In 2021, we had grand slams from guys like Jake Fraley, Dylan Moore and Shed Long. These “little guy” moments are part of what made this last season so fun to watch.

As we look ahead to what many expect to be a pivotal year in the rebuild, I want to talk about the position players I’m most looking forward to watching in 2022.

Note: I’m excluding Mitch Haniger , JP Crawford, and Ty France because we know what to expect from those dudes.

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