Sunday, April 6, 2008

Prospect Watch

Time for a new little feature for this blog. I'm going to expand my horizon in to the minors a little bit, by looking at what the Mariners top prospects have been doing in the minors. To start:

Ryan Feierabend
Feierabend pitched six scoreless innings for the Rainers on Thursday, in Tacoma's 2-0 win over the Sacramento River Cats. Feierabend struck out seven, while walking three and giving up four hits. He also picked off two.

Prognosis: Feierabend is still on the Mariners radar, but it's too early right now to say much. He was in the running for a relief role this Spring. He got some work with the M's last season, and probably will get a couple chances this summer.

Yung Chi Chen
Chen went 2-4 to start the Minor League season in Feierabend's win. He scored one run and drove in one. One of his two hits was a two bagger.

Prognosis: Almost the same thing as Feierabend. It's still too early to say much, but if the Mariners see poor performances from Jose Lopez, or even Jose Vidro, Chen probably will be getting a call-up.

Phillipe Amount
The Mariners most recent first rounder made his debut on Saturday with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, pitching four scoreless innings, only walking one, and striking out four.

Prognosis: Amount is still a while away from the bigs, but should see some time in AA or maybe AAA this season. He's starting the season at Class A.

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