Mariners Proposal #1 For Pablo Lopez: All the Pitching
If a deal happens for Lopez, I think the Mariners will have to give up a couple of their better pitching prospects to make it happen. Sometimes I struggle at adding some of these guys in. It’s a combination of fans always overhyping their own prospects, with the added part that I have actually been lucky enough to talk to some of them in interviews. Like Bryce Miller.
He’s lower on the Mariners prospect list, but he is making massive leaps. He has been dominant since joining the team, and has actually been called up to AA already despite just 92.1 innings in A and A+ ball. A strikeout machine, Miller has been limiting walks, and finished his 15 starts this year at High-A Everett with a 3.24 ERA.
Oh, and to make it a bit funnier, he was actually drafted by the Marlins out of high school back in 2018.
As for Dollard, if Miller has been climbing the ranks, Dollard has kicked the door in. Many will argue that he is the fastest rising pitching prospect in the Mariners system. He’s been at AA Arkansas all year, throwing 93.2 innings across 18 starts. With a 1.54 ERA and a 0.918 WHIP, it’s no surprise that teams would be calling and asking about him, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him in Tacoma soon if he isn’t traded.
Lastly, it’s the Mariners actual top pitching prospect, Emerson Hancock. He’s dealt with some shoulder issues, which caused some folks to sour on him. However, I’ve been in his corner all year, and he has made me feel a lot better as of late. He dominated in the futures game, has been pitching well in AA Arkansas, and is actually a little younger than both Miller and Dollard, although all of them are 23 years old.