Down on the Farm: Promotion-ready Prospects

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Everett Aquasox (23-23, 4th in Northwest League)

Several Aquasox has ridden strong starts to promotions (Adcock, Benetiz, Clase), and more are ready to join them in Arkansas. There is a list of promotion-worthy players, but I want to focus on first baseman Tyler Locklear and outfielder Alberto Rodriguez. We've written about Lockear and the work he put in to change a strikeout-heavy approach. He continues to flash a discerning eye and tremendous power in the Northwest League. Locklear is leading the Frogs in hits, homers, and on-base percentage.

He continues to hit the ball with authority to all fields and is ready to jump to Arkansas. The domino that sets Locklear's move up is Robbie Tenerowicz. A 28-year-old first baseman who is a little older for Double AA but raking nonetheless. Once he makes the trip to Tacoma, Locklear should be on the first plane to Dickey Stephens Park. 

As for Alberto Rodriguez, the numbers speak for themselves. He leads the Frogs in doubles (15), triples (4) and is second on the team in homers (8). The exciting thing about Rodriguez, who the Mariners acquired from the Blue Jays for Tajuan Walker, is that he was placed on waivers earlier this year. He cleared waivers due to some lingering questions about his offensive profile. Enter a repeat performance in the NWL and a rejuvenated Rodriguez. He is knocking on the door of Arkansas and should be there by midseason.

Most of you are probably saying, “What about Harry Ford?” While the top prospect has shined in all facets of the game, he is still young for the league. So, the Mariners will probably keep him there until the last month of the season. This approach gives the heralded backstop a chance to suit up for the Travelers in September.