2B/SS Cole Young
The current number one prospect in the Mariners farm system, Cole Young is going to be exciting to watch this spring. He has been a rising star in the minor leagues for the M's and could be getting a call to the big leagues in the near future. The Mariners selected Young with the 21st overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft. Young has continued to make great strides with his development as a middle infielder since he signed with the Mariners straight out of high school.
In 2023, Young started the season at Single-A Modesto where he found success. He produced a .267/.396/.429 slash line for the Modesto Nuts in 78 games. Young also drove in 39 runs, stole 17 bases, and had 32 extra base hits while in Modesto. After making the jump to High-A Everett, Young quickly adjusted to better competition, with a slash line of .292/.404/.494. Overall, Young finished 2023 with a .277 batting average, .399 OBP, .848 OPS, 92 runs scored, 62 RBI, and 11 HR combined between his time in Everett and Modesto.
Cole Young is the Mariners second baseman of the future and Mariners fans should get an up close look at him in Spring Training this year. Young continues to progress through the minor leagues and is going to make the Mariners roster probably within the next two years. With the Mariners in need of infield help, Young is a player to keep an eye on in Spring Training.