Although the Mariners are currently at 32 roster spots, they have really already made all of their decisions. There are a couple of things that play into this. First, they have four guys on that list who are going to be placed on the Injured List (IL). That gets them down to 28, which is actually the size of rosters for April in baseball this season.
Due to the lockout and the owners being complete and massive… I’ll stop. Don’t wanna get fired.
Anyway, the Mariners have made their decisions for 2022, so let’s take a look at who made the opening day roster for the series in Minnesota. Evan White, Kyle Lewis, Casey Sadler, and Ken Giles will all be on the IL.
Catchers: Luis Torrens, Tom Murphy, Cal Raleigh
Infielders: Ty France, Abraham Toro, JP Crawford, Eugenio Suarez, Evan White
Outfielders: Mitch Haniger, Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez, Jesse Winker, Kyle Lewis
Utility: Adam Frazier, Dylan Moore
Pitchers: Robbie Ray, Logan Gilbert, Marco Gonzales, Chris Flexen, Matt Brash, Diego Castillo, Matt Festa, Ken Giles, Andres Munoz, Yohan Ramirez, Sergio Romo, Casey Sadler, Paul Sewald, Drew Steckenrider, Erik Swanson, Anthony Misiewicz, Justus Sheffield.
They are carrying three catchers… if you want to call Torrens one. He is a hitter who has the type of bat that hits its way into a lineup, and he is either going to need to figure out how to play catcher well enough on defense to be there as a part-timer, or he is gonna take up a lot of time at DH.
Seeing Frazier listed as utility is kind of funny, by it’s what he is. He’s just good enough that he should be in the lineup every day, whether it’s at second or in left field. He and Moore are those two “utility” guys, and if Moore can ever figure out the batting average… oh buddy, is it gonna be special.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time Toro gets, and where he gets it. If he can keep hitting like he has all spring, then he’s gonna force his way into the lineup. Hopefully, it’s with a little more power, or at least more extra-base hits.
For the pitchers, it’s a ton of the usual suspects. They’re carrying a couple extra due to the expanded rosters, which should be good for fans as well as the player’s arms, keeping everyone fresh and happy into May.
The start of the season is just around the corner, and we know who to expect to see in Minnesota with the rosters being essentially announced. Go Mariners!