While the off-season has been difficult so far for the Mariners, there are several players on the current 40-man roster who could make an impact in 2024. With positions in the starting lineup and rotation currently left unfilled, there are opportunities for young players to fill the void and make an impact. Here are three players who could surprise in 2024.
Second Baseman Ryan Bliss
Ryan Bliss was acquired in the Paul Sewald trade and if the Mariners decide to move Josh Rojas to third, as part of a platoon with Luis Urias, Bliss could become an option at second base. After Bliss came to Seattle at the end of July, he hit .251, had an .822 OPS, 10 HR, and 35 RBI in 47 games for the Tacoma Rainiers. The Mariners will find out just how far Bliss has come in Spring Training and are going to figure out if his ready to play in the big leagues. Hopefully, Bliss can become a starting second baseman or a viable bench option in 2024.
Starting Pitcher Emerson Hancock
With the Mariners trading Marco Gonzales this off-season, Emerson Hancock could fill the void as the M's fifth starter, should the Mariners decide to trade one of their young starting pitchers for a bat. Hancock was hoping to stick in the Mariners rotation in 2023 after several injuries to the starting rotation, but unfortunately, Hancock suffered a season ending shoulder injury in August. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training and compete for a spot in the Mariners rotation. Hancock had an (11-5) record and a 4.32 ERA in AA Arkansas, along with a 4.50 ERA in three starts for the M's in 2023.
Outfielder Zach DeLoach
Zach DeLoach has progressed well throughout his minor league career and could make the major league roster in 2024. DeLoach hit .287, with an .868 OPS, 23 HR, and 88 RBI for the Tacoma Rainiers in 2023. With plenty of room in the Mariners outfield with Teoscar Hernandez and Jarred Kelenic gone, DeLoach has the chance to compete for an outfield spot in 2024. Even if the Mariners fill those outfield holes with free agents or a trade, no matter what they do, DeLoach will likely have a chance to show what he is capable of come next season.