The folks over at USSMariner.com have released their “Future Forty” of the Seattle Mariners system. They take the top 40 prospects and place them where they think they’ll be by level.
Here’s who they’ve projected in a LumberKings uniform:
Phillippe Aumont (RHP), 4-4 , 2.75 ERA with Wisconsin last season. Aumont, just 20 years old, is fresh off pitching for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. He was ranked the #3 prospect in the Seattle system by Baseball America this offseason. If he does come to Clinton, he’ll be coming in with tremendous experience and confidence.
Jharmidy DeJesus (3B), .309, 10 HR, 33 RBI between the AZL and short-season Everett last year. The #8 prospect in the Mariners’ system according to Baseball America. He turns 20 on August 30 and already has proven himself a solid power threat.
Mario Martinez (3B), .319, 5 HR, 32 RBI with short-season Pulaski last year. Ranked just ahead of DeJesus at #7 by Baseball America. It should be a pleasant challenge for Scott Steinmann to get both Martinez and DeJesus enough time at third base. Thankfully we have the DH in the Midwest League.
Brett Lorin (RHP), 1-2, 3.96 ERA between Everett and Wisconsin last season. Ranked #28 in the system by Baseball America. Seattle’s 5th round pick out of Long Beach State in 2008. Lorin garnered a mention in the “Best Secondary Pitch” category of Seattle’s 2008 draft class with a three-quarter delivery breaking ball.
Gabriel Noriega (SS), .275, 6 XBH, 20 RBI between AZL and Pulaski last year. Just 18 years old and already ranked #19 by Baseball America. His defense is getting top billing right now, as BA also ranked him Seattle’s “Best Defensive Infielder”.
Aaron Pribanic (RHP), 1-2, 15.43 ERA in the AZL in 2008. Obviously, he struggled in his first taste of pro baseball last year, but it was only a three-game sample (only one start). He’s still the #27 prospect thanks to a fastball that touches 96. Drafted in the third round out of Nebraska last year.
Tyson Gillies (OF), .288, 8 triples, 31 RBI in two seasons (played 11 games with high-A High Desert last year). A draft-and-follow out of Iowa Western Community College in 2006, Gillies is the #20 prospect, the fastest baserunner in the system and possesses the best outfield arm, all according to BA. I’m thinking this guy would be fun to watch. Plus, he’s got Iowa ties. “Fan Favorite” is written all over Gillies.
RHP’s Luke Burnett and Steven Hensley were also included, but were not ranked in BA’s top 30. Burnett did get a mention as the “Best Late Round Pick” after being chosen in the 14th round last year. He pitched in just two games in the AZL last year, going 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA. Hensley got an eight-game taste of the Northwest League with Everett, going 2-1 with a 5.22 ERA.
If you want to read the whole article, head to ussmariner.com/future-forty.
In other news, we wired the Alliant Energy Field pressbox for wireless internet today. Media guys like me will be excited about that one. Also, our 2009 Pocket Schedules are nearing completion and should be at a local Clinton establishment near you very soon.