Mariners 2023 Report Cards: Dominic Canzone

Despite some highlight-reel moments, Canzone didn't do much more than meet satisfactory expectations for the Mariners during his time here after the trade.
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Dominic Canzone only spent a few months in Seattle after being shipped over from the Diamondbacks along with Josh Rojas at the trade deadline. After getting called up on July 8th, he made just 41 plate appearances in Arizona before being traded and making 141 more plate appearances with the Mariners.

Dominic Canzone earned a grade of B- for his 2023 season.

Canzone is an interesting player. Given his relatively late call-up date, his rookie status is still intact, so he's still as green as grass regarding major league experience. This was somewhat evident in his batting stats which saw him post a lukewarm .220/.258/.399 slash line over his 182 total plate appearances this year. His OPS of .661 in Arizona was nearly identical to his OPS of .656 in Seattle so on the bright side, he didn't get any worse after getting here.

Canzone had an almost "Jekyll and Hyde" playstyle. On one hand, his chase rate (41.8%) and walk rate (4.4%) were some of the worst in the league. On the other hand, his whiff rate was only slightly below average (25.5%) and he somehow managed to have a better-than-average strikeout rate (17.6%).

A closer look at his performance against certain pitches shows that he excels at crushing fastballs, slugging an outrageous .878 against 4-seamers and accumulating a total run value of seven. If you want more details on how good he is against the pitch, just ask Mike Baumann.

Unfortunately, he's Mr. Hyde when it comes to any pitch that moves. Here are some frightening numbers for his performance against five of the other pitches he saw most throughout 2023. Despite seeing 70 curveballs this year, he failed to record a single hit against the pitch.






























Like his bat, his glove is a little worse than average, posting -2 OAA and -1 DRS. His arm strength was actually quite good, averaging 90.9mph and placing him in the 88th percentile of MLB players. All in all, he accumulated -0.1 rWAR and -0.5 fWAR.

Canzone has the potential to be a hidden gem if given the right tools to grow and develop. He's got some great power numbers and clearly knows how to avoid getting punched out but there are still holes in his game. His status as a Seattle Mariner is also somewhat up in the air depending on what the team decides to do with their current corner outfielders, Jarred Kelenic and Teoscar Hernandez. He's a cool cat but sadly didn't really move the needle for the Mariners this year.