Ranking the Best Third Baseman in Mariners History
Mariners #5 Third Baseman: Jim Presley – 4.8 fWAR
Presley took over third for the Mariners back in 84, and at first, it looked like he was going to be another one and done at the position. He hit .227/.247/.402 with a 72 WRC+ in 70 games. Since he was only 22, the team decided to give him the job in 85 to see how he would do. It ended up being the right choice.
He would turn in the best season of his career, hitting .275/.324/.484 with a 114 WRC+, blasting 28 home runs, and accumulating a 2.9 fWAR. All six of those numbers would end up being career highs, as would his 7.0% walk rate and 16.0% K rate. With an ISO of .209 and a solid BABIP of .286, it seemed like the Mariners had a young stud on their hands. If he could do that at 23, imagine what he could do as he got more comfortable.
He stepped back a tiny bit in 86, striking out a lot more (26.1%), but was still a 2.1 fWAR. He scored a career-high 83 runs and drove in 107 RBI, also a career-best. 87 was another small step back. However, the power was still there with 24 homers, and he had a 1.8 fWAR.
If you’ve been doing the math so far, you know what’s coming. Presley would put up two consecutive subpar seasons of -0.8 and -0.5 fWAR, and then would be done in Seattle at the age of 27. He’s head to Atlanta for a year, and then the Padres, and by 1992 he was out of baseball. That three-year stretch was pretty good for the youngster though and gets him into the top five for Mariners third baseman all-time.