4 players the Mariners should target in the Rule 5 Draft

With the Rule 5 draft concluding the MLB Winter Meetings, we look at 4 of the top targets that should be on the Mariners radar.

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Mariners Rule 5 Target #3: Kam Misner

Perhaps the highest upside of anyone of the names listed here is Kam Misner. Misner is a big dude at 6'4 and 220 lbs. but is a very good athlete and a heck of a runner, 21 stolen bases in 2023. Misner has the upside to be a solid major league outfielder and the floor of a rotational or platoon outfielder. In 2023, he slashed .226/.363/.458 in AAA Durham, with 21 home runs. He has serious power and speed abilities, and he spent a majority of 2023 in centerfield for Durham, giving him some value defensively.

The part that is holding Misner from breaking the big leagues is his strikeouts. In 2023, he ran a strikeout rate of 35.8%, which is incredibly high, that's higher than Geno, Teo, or Mike Ford. But where he strikes out a lot, he makes up for in walks, he ran an elite walk rate of 17.5% in 2023. I think Misner has a way of taking a roster spot away from someone like Cade Marlowe, Sam Haggerty, or maybe even Dylan Moore if he is traded. I could see him filling out a similar profile as someone like Seth Brown, but with more athleticism in the outfield and on the bases.