Spring Training is so much fun to listen to (and watch if you have the ability to). Baseball is back, and we are treated to not just the MLB squad gracing the field, but a ton of youngsters and those looking to prove themselves during this great opportunity they're given by the Mariners in Peoria.
Through just a handful of games so far, there are already some players who are getting noticed, while others are squandering the opportunity a bit. In Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Guardians, we saw a nice mix of veteran success with some youngsters making a splash.
In the first, it looked like something you would see midseason. JP Crawford hit a 2-RBI single, scoring Ty France and Teo Hernandez, with Eugenio Suarez advancing to third. 100% MLB success right there. Before Teo could catch his breath at third, Cade Marlowe RIPPED a ball down the right field line, showing off not just his quick hands at the plate but his impressive speed as he motored to third for a relatively easy triple.
It was another good game for Marlowe, who has improved his slash line to .286/.444/.1000 early on in the Spring. With Trammell out and La Stella hurt, Marlowe might just be able to play his way into an opening day roster spot. Remember, the team already likes him, and he got close at the end of last season after being assigned to the Taxi Squad for the playoffs.
Mason McCoy, the Mariners journeyman middle infielder, had another hit, making him 3 for 5 so far. It's obviously a small sample, but it's a good impression nevertheless. If Dylan Moore is behind schedule at all in his recovery or timetable for return, McCoy has a great opportunity this Spring to try and be an early season fill-in.
Cal Raleigh made his Spring debut, looking rusty at the plate but still seeing a lot of pitches, but it was the other catcher that made an impact at the plate for the Mariners. Don't feel bad if you don't know the name Jake Anchia, the Mariners 2018 7th-round pick and AA catcher from the 2022 season. He's unlikely to see time in the majors in the next few years without an uptick in production at the plate but still made his mark by going deep in the 8th inning to give the Mariners a 9-8 lead.
Teoscar Hernandez hit his first Mariners homerun, blasting a ball for a three run homer. We saw Ty France follow that up with a bomb to straightaway center, giving Mariners fans a fun glimpse of midseason action in February.
We also saw some great outings in the pen. The most notable one came from the top pitching prospect on the Mariners, Bryce Miller. Miller looked really good in his two innings, sitting between 95-98, sporting great breaking pitches, sitting down 2 on Ks, and allowing one hit and one walk.
The game ended with recently acquired Riley O'Brien on the mound. He came over from the Reds, and will flash good movement on his slider, and showed that as he gave up two hits but ultimately got out of trouble by striking out 3 and getting the save in the Mariners second win of the Spring. It was a nice showing by the offense and the youth for the Mariners, and another great afternoon of baseball.