As far as on-base percentage, the Mariner’s .274 puts them next to last, ahead of the Pirates, who are also last in slugging, the Mariners holding down the 25th slot at .342.
Mariner fans should be glad, all things considered, they are not Pirate fans. But the Mariners till have problems. Can anyone in Tacoma, the Mariners AAA team help?
Mike Carp, who was counted on to hit home runs and be a run producer before being injured, is in Tacoma rehabing. But he has lost his swing. Carp is 4 for 34, a .118 average. Trayvon Robinson, an outfield prospect, who tore up spring training pitchers, is batting .222. Vinny Catricala, who could play third-in an already crowded spot in Seattle-or left field, is batting .186.
Chih-Hsien Chiang, an outfielder is doing well at .281, but in 57 at bats has three extra base hits, all doubles.
The fact of the matter is that Tacoma is hitting .243; but like Seattle has a terrible on-base percentage, worst in the Pacific Coast league, at .292.
Every organization should have a school of thought, one that pervades the entire minor league system, the same approach at every level, so that development is consistent.
One could argue the Mariner school of thought is to go up hacking, swing at everything near the plate. But it gets better at AA Jackson where they are hitting .266 with a .329 on-base percentage. And even better at High desert in A ball, where they lead the league in hitting at .313, and in on-base percentage with .377 and slugging at a .507 clip.
Players at AA and A are not likely to help any time soon though. If the Mariner philosophy is to work pitchers, go deep in the ‘Moneyball” count, then the hitters are not listening. If the philosophy is to be aggressive, going after pitchers, then the philosophy is not working. And there is no help on the way.