The Seattle Mariners made a really small commerce final Could after they traded utility infielder Donnie Walton to the San Francisco Giants for 22-year-old Prelander Berroa. On the time it didn’t look like a deal that may influence both facet in an enormous means. Walton bought some at bats for the Giants earlier than hurting his shoulder, and Berroa was a minor league pitcher who threw exhausting however wasn’t a prime prospect.
After Berroa joined the Mariners group, he was despatched to Excessive-A Everett and had a 2.41 ERA in just over 50 innings. The righty had a 13.9 strikeouts per 9 and a 5.5 walks per 9. He then was promoted to Double-A and he nonetheless had a sub-three ERA in 35 innings. His strikeout numbers have been virtually equivalent however he walked a few batter extra per 9 innings. He appeared to come back out of nowhere and have success with the Mariners group, and he has continued to pattern upwards for the M’s.
This Spring, Berroa has gotten loads of recognition on account of his excessive velocity fastball and nasty slider. He fooled Xander Bogaerts along with his slider to get him a strikeout within the Mariners first sport this Spring.
Prelander Berroa vs. Xander Bogaerts 😂 pic.twitter.com/qTldzYGQCq
— Gravel (@Gravel_sense) February 24, 2023
Corey Brock over at The Athletic additionally wrote about attending to know the younger flamethrower. Jason A. Churchill praised his fastball in his prospect rankings the place he has him because the group’s thirteenth greatest prospect.
“Berroa could have the very best uncooked stuff within the system, beginning with a 70-grade or higher fastball serving as a bowling ball down within the zone and a … effectively, a bowling ball up. There’s straightforward armside run at 94-97 mph mph, and he’s touched 99-100 mph a number of occasions. The pitch induces floor balls and whiffs.”
The Mariners seem to have gotten an actual hidden gem from the Giants, and one scout even stated, “Prelander Berroa for Donnie Walton may need been the worst commerce of 2022,” based on Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It is going to be enjoyable to observe and see the place he leads to 2023.
Mariners Draft Highlight
For this weeks Mariners Draft Highlight, we are going to check out one of many prime highschool proper handers within the 2023 draft class, Charlee Soto. He has numerous the issues that scouts search for in pitchers. Soto may be very tall, standing at 6-foot-5 already, weighs 210 kilos, and has a plus fastball. His fastball has touched the higher 90s, and ,”Each of his secondary choices have the possibility to be a minimum of better-than-average” based on MLB Pipeline.
The Mariners haven’t drafted a highschool pitcher with a primary spherical choose beneath the Jerry Dipoto and Scott Hunter regime, however final yr three of their top 10 draft picks have been highschool pitchers, and two of these have been within the prime 4 rounds. So it isn’t not possible that the Mariners take a highschool pitcher with one in every of their three late first spherical picks this summer time.
Soto has appeared very spectacular thus far in his novice profession, and right here he was final month at a Good Recreation occasion.
Charlee Soto (23 FL) absolute filth from the @PGAllAmerican on this evening! 3-shutty innings and struck out 6. Sat 96-97 and grabbed a pair 98s. SL bought some gnarly swing and miss at 83-85 & the CH confirmed it’s regular plus potential at 86-87. #PGHS #PGDraft #UCF commit pic.twitter.com/iCJ5OQPQ6l
— Good Recreation Florida (@Florida_PG) February 15, 2023
Mariners Prospects within the Information
Jerry Dipoto has made positive comments about a number of of the Mariners former prime prospects who haven’t had nice success on the huge league degree so far.
Joe Fann wrote about 6 players who’ve improved their probabilities to make the massive league roster in his opinion.
2023 Rookie of the 12 months Julio Rodriguez is attending to spend a while with former Mariners legend Ichiro and they’re attending to bond of shared experiences.
Curtis Christianson is the Athletic Director at Concordia Christian Academy. He additionally works within the Tacoma Rainiers clubhouse through the baseball season.