The dark horses: Ryan Bliss, Cade Marlowe, Tyler Locklear, Nick Solak, Michael Chavis
All of these players will have a chance to prove themselves during Spring Training, and theoretically, there’s a world where one of them could shock the league and make the Mariners big league team. However, that world is highly unlikely. Marlowe is the only one out of those 5 who is even on the 40-man roster, and the only one who has played for the Mariners in the past.
Ryan Bliss was acquired in the Paul Sewald trade last July, and will likely be called up eventually, but he is behind Haggerty and Taylor on the infield depth chart. Locklear has been climbing the ranks of Mariners prospects as well, and both Solak and Chavis are former major leaguers for the Rangers and Pirates respectively. These players all provide the Mariners with solid depth options when injuries occur, but for any of them to make the Opening Day roster would take a miracle.
My Prediction: Canzone
I’ll stick with my gut and predict the final spot goes to Canzone. The Mariners traded for him for a reason, and they are going to give him a chance to prove he belongs. He’s also the best defensive outfielder out of any of these options, and with Mitch Haniger aging, the Mariners are going to want somebody on the roster who can platoon with him. Canzone likely will be that guy.