Friday March 31 is the Opening Day for Triple-A and the Tacoma Rainiers are on the street to start their season in Oklahoma Metropolis towards the OKC Dodgers. One the mound for the Rainiers for the second consecutive Opening Day is Darren McCaughan. Their roster was introduced at present by the group and it features a few prospects who’re enjoying at Triple-A for the primary time.
That is the primary crack with the Rainiers for Zach DeLoach and Taylor Dollard who rank contained in the MLB Pipeline Top 30 Mariners Prospects. That is additionally the primary time at Triple-A for Jake Scheiner.
Evan White is on the roster and goes to have a possibility to play persistently and get common at bats within the minor leagues. He might want to carry out and keep wholesome at Triple-A earlier than getting consideration to affix the large league membership. Cade Marlowe and Taylor Trammell are additionally anticipated to be on the Rainiers roster as soon as they’re absolutely wholesome after coping with accidents throughout Spring Coaching.
Completely happy Opening Day, @RainiersLand!
— Mariners Participant Improvement (@MsPlayerDev) April 1, 2023
Mariners Draft Highlight
In final years draft the Seattle Mariners drafted highschool shortstop Cole Younger, and so they may very effectively choose one other highschool shortstop this 12 months with one in all their first three draft decisions. They’ve the twenty second, twenty ninth, and thirtieth total choices within the upcoming draft and so they may take an opportunity with one other highschool draft shortstop. One of many very proficient younger shortstops on this years draft class is Arjun Nimmala who received’t flip 18 years previous till October.
The teenager is a right-handed hitter and thrower who’s 6-foot-1 and weighs 170. He has proven plus energy potential and Prospects Live is extraordinarily excessive on him. They mentioned, “He’s bought a shot to hit 30+ homers per 12 months and play on the dust.” He’s very younger and has much more improvement left to go, however he has some very excessive potential. They’re very excessive on Nimmala and have him ranked as their eleventh greatest prospect.
That rating may be very completely different in comparison with the MLB Pipeline rankings the place they’ve Nimmala listed as their thirty fourth highest ranked draft prospect. With the big distinction in several publications rankings, Nimmala might be a wild card within the draft. The Mariners could have an opportunity to pick out him or he would possibly go effectively forward of their first decide.
MLB Pipeline highlighted the lofty potential with the younger shortstop, “Nimmala has each likelihood to play shortstop for a very long time, with sufficient arm and vary for the premium place to go together with free actions. If all of it clicks, the Florida State recruit may have plus grades throughout the board, and if that exhibits up within the spring, he may vault himself into critical first-round conversations.”
Here’s a lengthy house run Nimmala hit earlier this season from when he was ranked sixteenth beforehand on the Prospects Dwell board.
Strawberry Crest (FL.) SS Arjun Nimmala hit a ball to Pluto final evening for a grand slam. Scouts on the area mentioned this ball was completely torched.
— Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB) February 14, 2023
The Mariners would possibly be capable of “purchase down” Nimmala by providing him a bigger draft bonus than different groups may be keen to supply. It wouldn’t be a assure, however we should wait till July to see the place everybody lands within the draft. He would certain be an thrilling, younger, and proficient participant so as to add to the Seattle minor league system.
Mariners Prospects within the Information
Prime Worldwide Free Agent signee Felnin Celesten drew the attention of Seattle Times writer Ryan Divish who bought to see him up shut on the finish of Spring Coaching.
Corey Brock of The Athletic wrote about five prospects who may escape and change into extra well-known this season.
Tacoma Rainiers Broadcaster Mike Curto wrote concerning the begin of the Rainiers season which included the pitching rotation for the primary 5 video games of the season. We’ll see Taylor Dollard get the ball on Sunday in Oklahoma Metropolis.
The Mariners made a commerce on Friday March 31 by buying Nick Solak from the Cincinnati Reds for money issues. He was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma and is on the 40-man roster. He’s a second baseman and left fielder who had been with the Texas Rangers for a couple of years previous to being bought by the Reds throughout the winter. He provides some depth to the group and will come up and be a bench contributor if wanted. He has a profession .252/.327/.372 slash line in just below 1000 plate appearances.
Curtis Christianson is the Athletic Director at Concordia Christian Academy. He additionally works within the Tacoma Rainiers clubhouse throughout the baseball season.