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2010 MLB GM Challenge Team (Mariners)

Posted on: August 10, 2009 12:28 am
Edited on: February 2, 2010 3:27 pm

Starting Line-Up


Starting Rotation


Top 10 Prospects

1) Jesus Montero , C, Grade A: I know that his position is up in the air, but I love this bat so much that I'm going to give him a straight Grade A. This is a Mike Piazza /Manny Ramirez type bat. (Acquired from Yankees)

2) Mike Montgomery, LHP, Grade B+ : Looks like the best combination of projection and performance in the organization. (Acquired from Royals) 

3) Michael Saunders , OF, Grade B : I don't like him as much as some people do. I see him more as a solid .270/.330/.450 type than a future star, but he should have a long career.

4) Manny Banuelos, LHP, Grade B- : Borderline Grade B. Intriguing young lefty, undersized but has a very good arm and has performed quite well thus far. (Acquired from Yankees)

5) Gabriel Noriega , SS, Grade B- : I have issues with his strike zone judgment, but am intrigued enough with his youth, glove, and overall tools to cut him some slack at this point. Could go up to B+ next year, or down to C if he can't hit at Clinton.

6) Alex Liddi , 3B, Grade B- : High Desert inflates his numbers, but I think he made some real progress. He looks like a better player to me at this point than Triunfel. Double-A will tell us a lot.

7) Carlos Triunfel , SS-3B, Grade B- : Injury mulligan. . .but at some point the numbers have to start living up to the hype. Doesn't turn 20 until February, but he looks more like a third baseman to me than a shortstop.

8) Nick Franklin, SS, Grade B- : Very intriguing middle infielder from the '09 draft, could make a great DP combo with Noriega.

9) Michael Pineda, RHP, Grade B- : Pitched great at High Desert. Main concern is health. I know scouts aren't wild about him, but I prefer him to the tools goofs on the rest of the list. However, I have enough concerns about his elbow to keep him at a B-. If he's healthy I think he's going to surprise people.

10) Eric Hosmer, 1B, Grade B- : A difficult grade. Will the lasik surgery fix whatever was bothering him in '09?  If so, could vault back to the top of the list. (Acquired from Royals)

Completed Trades

  • Seattle Mariners acquired Jesus Montero, Robinson Cano, and Manny Banuelos from the New York Yankees for Jose Lopez and Ryan Rowland-Smith
  • Seattle Mariners acquire Zack Grienke, Mike Montgomery, and Eric Hosmer from the Kansas City Royals for Ichiro Suzuki , Dennis Ackley, and Joshua Fields

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