3 Mariners most likely to have a breakout season in 2023
Mariners Breakout Candidate #3 C/OF Cooper Hummel
Cooper Hummel could be the Mariners next Dylan Moore/Sam Haggerty. This offseason, Hummel was acquired in the offseason from the D-Backs in exchange for Kyle Lewis. His ability to play multiple positions could be a big asset for the Mariners in 2023. This is especially true given the injury histories of both Tom Murphy and Cal Raleigh, and Hummel is a capable backup if either, unfortunately, gets injured.
He also can play the outfield when Teoscar Hernandez needs a rest or to protect Jarred Kelenic against lefties since he is a switch hitter. Hummel has been ripping the cover off the ball in Spring Training, batting .333 with 4 HR, and a 1.207 OPS. Yes, those numbers can be skewed due to it being Spring Training, and playing in warmer temperatures, but Hummel has a proven track record of success in the minor leagues as well.
He hit .310, with 6 HR, and a .950 OPS in just 33 games in AAA Reno last season in the D-Backs organization. Before struggling to hit major league pitching, as he hit just .176, with 3 HR, and a .580 OPS in 66 games for the D-Backs. The season prior in 2021 Hummel hit .311, with 12 HR, and a .978 OPS with both the D-Backs and Brewers AAA affiliates. Which means Hummel just needs to see more major league at-bats to maximize his potential.