The Seattle Mariners claimed right-handed pitcher J.B. Bukauskas off of waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week. To clear room for him on the 40 man roster, Seattle DFA’d minor league outfielder Alberto Rodriguez. Bukauskas was drafted with the fifteenth total decide within the 2017 draft by the Houston Astros. He was acquired by the D-Backs within the deal that despatched Zack Greinke to the Astros.
The highest prospect shine has worn off of the correct hander, however there’s a non-zero likelihood that the potential that scouts noticed in him in faculty continues to be in there. He was at one time thought-about one of many Astros prime prospects, and MLB Pipeline even had him forward of Yordan Alvarez in 2018. Whereas issues have modified considerably for each gamers since that rating, the Mariners will take a low threat, excessive reward wager on a pitcher who may have the instruments to enhance, and the Mariners participant improvement may assist him get there.
Jason A. Churchill had some feedback about Bukauskas on Twitter.
“It’s arm, as much as 97 briefly stints, heavy common slider utilization, and a changeup that projected as plus, notably when he was considered as a possible starter and getting bulk innings.
“The final consensus is he matches greatest as a center reliever the place his fastball may sit 95-98 and his slider and alter may play up — primarily the slider that produces excessive % of whiffs.”
“Like a number of of the membership’s reliever pickups in recent times, Bukauskas reminds a little bit of Austin Adams…”
“It might be no shock if the Mariners see him as a reliever solely, however the reality he as soon as possessed a probably plus-plus changeup intrigues me past a 1-2 inning stint.”
It’s not unimaginable for him to be somebody who pitches out of the Mariners bullpen and eats a few of the center innings in 2023. He’s more than likely going to compete in Spring Coaching for a roster spot with a few of the different center relievers on the 40 man roster like Trevor Gott, Easton McGee, Gabe Speier, Justin Topa, and others. Primarily based on the Mariners previous successes with waiver claims, he might be a shock to many Mariners followers in 2023.
Mariners Worldwide Free Company Signings
The Mariners made a number of Worldwide Free Agent signings official this week; most notably, including 17-year-old shortstop Felnin Celesten to their farm system. He was thought-about by many to be one of many prime prospects on this yr’s IFA class, and the switch-hitting 17-year-old is without doubt one of the most hyped Dominican prospects of the final decade. Jason A. Churchill wrote about how huge of a step forward the system took with the addition of Celesten and others. Click here to read more about two of the more exciting arms the membership signed as properly.
The sky’s the restrict for Felnin Celesten. #SeaUsRise
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Mariners Draft Highlight
For this weeks Mariners Draft Highlight, the string of faculty hitters continues with Virginia Tech outfielder Jack Hurley. Hurley is a 6-foot left-handed hitter who slashed .375/.452/.664 in 58 games for the Hokies in 2022. He additionally hit 14 homers and swiped 10 baggage. Jonathan Mayo spoke about Hurley’s potential to be a 5 software participant in a video showcasing his swing.
Prospects Live has him ranked because the nineteenth greatest prospect within the upcoming 2023 draft, and he can be a sort of gamers the Mariners haven’t drafted within the first spherical for some time, a school hitter. The final time they took a school hitter was after they took Kyle Lewis and Evan White in 2016 and 2017. Since then, they haven’t gone again to the faculty hitter profile.
Prospects Reside had excessive reward for the quickly to be 21-year-old, “Hurley is a little bit of a five-tool participant who can affect the sport. He’s bought the hit software and the uncooked energy, and he’s bought the pace to steal double-digit baggage as a professional.”
“Hurley comes packed in an athletic body with well-proportioned power and natural loft constructed into his swing. He doesn’t need to sellout for energy or power issues to his pull-side. He stays up the center of the sphere, letting his bat pace deal with the remaining.”
The one concern they’ve for him is that he might need to work on his plate self-discipline a bit, and he was a bit streaky at instances in 2022. Nonetheless, on the entire he solely struck out 51 instances in comparison with 32 walks. Hurley was the left fielder for the Hokies final season, however with the departure of 2022 first spherical decide Gavin Cross, Hurley initiatives to be in line to play not less than some heart subject in 2023.
It could be too early to inform for sure who the Mariners Novice Scouting Director Scott Hunter will need to choose in July, however attending to know a few of the names of the gamers who could also be obtainable is actually thrilling.
Mariners Prospects Within the Information
Baseball America launched their prime 10 Mariners prospects, together with a projected 2026 lineup in addition to the most effective instruments within the group. There have been additionally three M’s prospects within the Baseball America Prime 100 prospect rating.
Jesse Sanchez and Daniel Kramer checked in with their ideas on the Mariners IFA class.
Curtis Christianson is the Athletic Director at Concordia Christian Academy. He additionally works within the Tacoma Rainiers clubhouse through the baseball season.