The Mariners have a strong group of outfield prospects. Everyone knows about Julio. A lot of people know Deloach. Then there is the group of Jonatan Clase, Gonzales, Alberto Rodriguez, Marlowe, and Bolivar, which people are a little less familiar with. There is someone else that we all need to become familiar with. George Feliz.
The big thing that stands out here is how young George Feliz is. He’s only 19, and will not turn 20 until the completion of the 2022 season. So we are going to be seeing a full season from him while he is still a teenager. We’ve already seen a bit of him in 2021 in the Dominican Summer League, but he should spend the upcoming season in the Minor Leagues, getting much more time and experience in the system.
George Feliz is a highly interesting young outfield prospect for the Mariners
The Mariners signed him back in 2019 as their highest-paid international player. Through his limited time in the DOSL last year, he showed a nice mix of power and speed, with a fair walk rate, but a strikeout rate that was decently high. He hit .278/.362/.451 through 196 PA in 46 games, with 7 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, and was 8-9 in SB attempts. He played nearly the entire time in center, with just 13 innings in right field.
It seems like he could easily stick in Center if he can get a little better feel for the position. Rumored to have a quick first step, if he can keep his speed, he would
be a great defender in Center. What stands out though, is his arm. He’s got a plus arm that’s trending towards plus-plus. It seems like if he does end up in right field, likely due to getting a bit bigger and stronger, then the arm is going to rank up.
He’s only 19 but should play at Modesto and Everett this year. It’ll be a good chance for him to compete at that next level, and see how he can mature with another level of coaching. He’s an uber-athlete. It’s why he has a high risk/reward makeup. If the speed sticks and he continues to mature, he’s going to push towards an Andrew McCutchen or Lorenzo Cain makeup. Good power/speed combo, good defense in center. It’ll be the hit tool that determines his final standing.
Feliz is young, but will be flying up the Mariners prospect boards as more and more rankings come out. Don’t be surprised to see him play well this year, and insert himself into the conversation for Mariners outfielders to watch in the next couple of years.