Where all Top 30 Mariners Prospects are starting 2023

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The 2023 Minor League Baseball season has started for some of the Seattle Mariners affiliates with nearly every level of the system underway. One of the most fascinating things each year is to see where the organization's top prospects will begin their seasons, and this year is no different. With the big league team having a goal of reaching the postseason again, prospects will need to be called upon at some point this season, so their starting point will be important.

We will look at the Top 30 Mariners Prospects according to MLB Pipeline and examine where each prospect starts their season. We have some info for each of the top 10 for you, and then will let you know where the rest of the top 30 is starting the 2023 season.

#1 Harry Ford - Catcher - High-A Everett Aqua Sox

Harry Ford
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Harry Ford will be starting the season at High-A with the Everett Aqua Sox. The 20-year-old catcher impressed with his performance in the World Baseball Classic for Great Britain. Even though he is young and will not reach the big leagues this year, he might not spend too much time in Everett if he performs well. Mariners fans who live nearby should try to get to get out to see Ford if they can because he will hopefully a key contributor for Seattle in a few years.

#2 Bryce Miller - Right-Handed Pitcher - Double-A Arkansas Travelers

Bryce Miller
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Bryce Miller has emerged as the best pitching prospect in the Mariners system. He has developed a high-octane fastball and a very nasty slider that headlines his pitch mix. He starts this season as a starter with the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, but he might come out of the bullpen at times if he is called up to Seattle. With Robbie Ray already on the Injured List, Miller is probably the next man up to start for the M's if another starter goes down.

#3 Cole Young - Shortstop - Low-A Modesto Nuts

Cole Young
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The Mariners drafted Cole Young out of high school lasst summer and he made a good first impression in the organization. In 10 games at Low-A Modesto last season he had 15 hits and scored 11 runs. He starts there again this year, and at just 19 years old, he will most likely spend a lot of time with the Nuts. However, if he performs well he might earn a promotion the Everett before the end of the season. Watch how he does in the first half to see if he might get the call to come to Everett.

#4 Emerson Hancock - Right-Handed Pitcher - Double-A Arkansas

Emerson Hancock
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Emerson Hancock was arguably the best pitcher in college baseball in 2019, but then he had a slow start to his junior season at Georgia in 2020 before the pandemic. The Mariners drafted him 6th overall and has struggled to dominate since being drafted. Hopefully this season he can continue to build upon some success he had last year. He might be an option to reinforce the Mariners big league staff if it is needed.

#5 Felnin Celesten - Shortstop - Dominican Summer League

Felnin Celesten is one of the highest profile International Free Agent signings the last few years. He is a phenom out of the Dominican Republic with a sky high potential ceiling, and he will start the 2023 season in the Dominican Summer League. He probably won't make his debut in the states yet, but he will be an exciting prospect to watch.

#6 Bryan Woo - Right-Handed Pitcher - Double-A Arkansas Travelers

Bryan Woo
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Bryan Woo is one of the most underrated Mariners prospects. Making his professional debut last season, he snuck onto the scene. He started for both Low-A and High-A last season and has now been promoted to Double-A. He will continue to start for now, but he might end up being a bullpen arm down the line. He is probably not experienced enough to reach the big leagues this season, but he is certainly a name to keep an eye on.

#7 Gabriel Gonzalez - Outfielder - Low-A Modesto Nuts

Gabriel Gonzalez was signed as an International Free Agent and made his stateside debut last season. He split time between the complex league and Low-A Modesto, where he will start this season. He is an offense first outfielder, and as the organization's highest ranked outfield prospect, he is certainly someone to focus on this year.

#8 Walter Ford - Right-Handed Pitcher - Rookie Ball

The Mariners went for high upside in the second round of last year's draft by selecting Walter Ford, a high school right-hander. He is going to be 18 years old all of this season and is not starting the season on a full season affiliate roster. That does not mean that he will spend all season hidden in the complex league however, hopefully at some point this season we will see him promoted to Modesto. The upside is high for the "Vanilla Missile" and he is a very young arm to watch in the system.

#9 Taylor Dollard - Right-Handed Pitcher - Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers

Taylor Dollard
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Taylor Dollard had a huge breakout season last year. He started 27 games for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers and had a 2.25 ERA. He came out of nowhere after being the fifth round pick by Seattle in the 2020 five round draft. He has risen through the system and has just performed in the minors up to this point. Now he is in Tacoma where he will get to face some more veteran hitters and be challenged by pitching in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League.

#10 Tyler Locklear - First Baseman - High-A Everett Aqua Sox

Tyler Locklear was drafted by the Mariners in the second round last year and was a different type of player for the M's to draft. His biggest and best tools are his power and hit tool, and that is going to be what makes him special. He has the potential to play some third base, but he will most likely end up like Ty France and stick at first base where he doesn't have to make as many athletic plays and have as quick of a reaction time. But his hitting should be what fans keep an eye on.

Triple-A (AAA) Tacoma Rainiers Prospects

#16 Cade Marlowe - Outfielder
#26 Zach DeLoach - Outfielder

Double-A (AA) Arkansas Travelers Prospects

#14 Prelander Berroa - Right-Handed Pitcher
#17 Isaiah Campbell - Right-Handed Pitcher
#21 Robert Perez Jr. - First Baseman/Outfielder
#22 Travis Kuhn - Right-Handed Pitcher
#23 Juan Then - Right-Handed Pitcher
#28 Kaden Polcovich - Infielder

High-A Everett Aquasox Prospects

#12 Jonatan Clase - Outfielder
#15 Axel Sanchez - Shortstop
#27 Alberto Rodriguez - Outfielder

Low-A Modesto Nuts Prospects

#20 Michael Morales - Right-Handed Pitcher
#24 Tyler Gough - Right-Handed Pitcher
#29 Josh Hood - Infielder

Mariners Rookie Ball Prospects

#11 Michael Arroyo - Infielder
#13 Lazaro Montes -Outfielder
#18 Ashton (AJ) Izzi - Right-Handed Pitcher
#19 Juan Pinto - Left-Handed Pitcher
#25 Jean Munoz - Right-Handed Pitcher
#30 Carlos Jimenez - Outfielder

Those lists are likely to change as the year goes on, and they can change fast. If you have the opportunity, make sure to catch a game when you can or else risk missing out on a prospect. We will have more prospect news and updates as the year goes on, especially as the draft starts getting closer. Go Mariners!