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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Luis Torrens of the Seattle Mariners reacts to a single.
Mariners Luis Torrens reacts after his single against the Minnesota Twins. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

If there’s one trade that Jerry Dipoto would put at the top of his resume, you’d have to believe it’s the trade that sent Austin Nola and a couple of relievers to San Diego in exchange for Ty France, Taylor Trammell, Andres Munoz, and Luis Torrens. To be fair, Torrens’ inclusion on this list stems more from intrigue than excitement, but nevertheless, he will be an interesting guy to watch.

After being sent down to AAA Tacoma in May, Torrens came storming back to the majors and provided a great contact bat from the DH spot for most of the second half of the year. He ended the year on a hot streak, hitting .321 in the final month of the season. In an attempt to keep his bat in the lineup every day, Scott Servais even tried him out at 1B once he was phased out of the catching rotation.

I’m interested to see whether his bat can stay hot and how the Mariners will deploy him as Cal Raleigh takes over primary catching duties.

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