Down on the Farm: Mariners Minor League Check-in

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Modesto Nuts 

17-16 (3rd in Cal League North)

The Nuts had a rough week dropping five of six to Inland Empire. Their losses were marred by some poor defense, which is surprising considering their athleticism across the diamond. Outfielder Andrew Miller and Third baseman Milkar Perez are standout offensive performers who authored excellent weeks. Perez took over the team lead in batting average (.318) from Cole Young, thanks to a handful of solid games (6 hits). As for Miller, he raked, chipping in a huge opposite-field homer in a come-from-behind win. 

Former second-round pick Michael Morales skipped a start this week (rest), resulting in lefty Brandon Schaeffer taking the mantle as the top pitching performer. The box score was spectacular (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 K), but the stuff is what popped. Schaeffer throws two sliders, a hard-breaking back footer, and a sweeper. Both pitches were on target in this start, as well as a solid changeup. Look for the southpaw to continue building upon this start forming a Big Three with Morales and Shaddon Peavyhouse throughout the rest of the season. 

The standings don’t look too hot right now, but as most of you know, the minor leagues are more about development than wins and losses. However, the talent is starting to rise, and so will the promotions. So now is your chance to check out your favorite prospects before they head up the organizational ladder.