Mariners' Minor League talent shines with breakout stars emerging across affiliates

Harry Ford, Ben Williamson, and Lazaro Montes oh my, the Mariners' farm is raking to start the 2024 season.
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The minor league season is in full swing, and the Mariners' affiliates are brimming with exciting storylines. Each team has unique talent and style, from the dynamic duo in Arkansas to the offensive juggernaut in Modesto to the Northwest League's top hitter in Everett. We'll delve into these narratives monthly in our 'Down on the Farm' series. 

Tacoma Rainiers (17-12, 2nd place PCL West)

The Rainiers entered the 2024 season with the speed to burn and display those wheels daily. They currently lead the Pacific Coast League with 61 steals. The next closest team is Albuquerque, with 48. Outfielder Cade Marlowe is leading the circuit in steals with 17 bags. While the stolen base is crucial to the team's successful start, Jason Vosler's been a high-performing cog in the Rainers' offense.  

Vosler has bounced around the league, making short stints in the Majors and excelling in the minors. However, he is on another level this year, slashing .323/.411/.911 across 27 games. Keep an eye on the 30-year-old infielder/outfielder, especially if the major league team struggles to score runs; he could provide a Mike Ford-type jolt to the offense.

On the bump, Jhonathan Diaz continues to mow down PCL lineups, flashing a fastball with late life and great secondaries. The lefty starter fully bought into the Mariners' pitching philosophy (36 SO/4 BB), resulting in a PCL-leading 0.88 WHIP. 

The 27-year-old is one of the system's most dominant starters and is the first up if injuries hit the major league staff.