Mariners' infield prospect torching Northwest League

2023 draftee is raising his ceiling and climbing NWL leaderboards this season.
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We've written extensively about the Modesto Nuts' tantalizing lineup chock-full of high-upside prospects. While the 2023 California League champs look destined for another deep run, other Mariners' affiliates have talented position players. If you look one rung up the ladder, Everett has a great mix of players, with many having major-league utility player floors and exciting ceilings if things break right. We'll dive into current Aquasox and former NCAA All-American Brock Rodden for this week's prospect spotlight.

The Mariners drafted Rodden in 2023 as an under-slot upperclassman signee. The dynamic infielder would flash his above-average hit tool across two levels, slashing .311/.366/.816 in 34 games. He'd be a key contributor to the Modesto Nuts' playoff run, serving as a steadying force atop the lineup.

Brock Rodden has been a force in A-ball for the Everett Aquasox

Building on his stellar 2023 campaign, the Mariners assigned 24-year-old Rodden to the Northwest League, where he continues excelling as a leadoff hitter. His performance has been nothing short of a storm, with Rodden ranking in the top 10 in numerous categories, a testament to his potential and value to the team.

Counting Stat

Season Total

NWL Rank

Avg

.301

9th

Hits

52

1st

Doubles

11

3rd

RBI

24

3rd

BB

28

2nd

SB

13

6th

OBP

.408

7th

OPS

.865

9th

The former Witcha State University Shocker is on a tear over his last 11 games. He's driving the ball with authority (.487/.600/.1/292), racking up seven extra-base hits, and showing a keen eye at the plate (9 BB/6 K).

While Rodden's performance has been a bright spot, the Aquasox find themselves in the NWL cellar 44 games into the season. Thankfully, Rodden and the rest of his teammates should receive talent in the coming weeks, as Aidan Smith and Lazaro Montes seem close to rising the organizational ladder. But for now, Rodden is one to watch as the front office starts planning midseason promotions. The switch-hitting sparkplug is more than ready for the Texas League.