Down on the Farm: Mariners Minor League Check-in

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Modesto Nuts showcase dynamic offense.

5 – 4 (2nd in CAL North)

If Everett's squad is stuck in the mud offensively, the Modesto Nuts are four-wheeling through it with ease. The deep lineup provides speed, contact, and power from one through nine. Cole Young is one of the top performers getting on base at a .533 clip and swiping bags (4). MLB Pipeline recently elevated him to the Top 100 by {MLB Pipeline (99).

Gabe Moncada and Freuddy Batista are back for another season with the Nuts, and they are providing some power to the middle of the order, but I'll highlight Gabriel Gonzalez this week. The five-tool outfielder is picking up where he left off last season, notching extra-base hits (6) and using the entire field. The slash line is tantalizing (.385/.444/1.008) and surely won't continue for the whole season, but the early returns are solid. 

 Former North Carolina Tar Heel Shaddon Peavyhouse leads the pitching staff. He's won both starts and struck out fourteen batters over eleven innings. The fastball plays in Modesto, as well as an above-average curveball. He is a little older for the league (24), so he should slide up to a level next month. Adding Peavyhouse to the Frogs' staff could be a shot in the arm that the team needs.