Old McDonald had a farm, eei, eei, oh. Farmer Jack , Seattle’s GM, has a better farm. Yippee, skippy!
The Seattle Mariners farm system is rated number one by MLB.com. The nine minor league affliates of the Mariners won a franchise record 496 games and six of the nine teams are in post season playoffs. The Mariners 327 points edged out Pittsburgh who scored 326, Arizona 321, and St. Louis 320.
The M’s have five prospects rated in the top 100. Number 5 is Taijuan Walker, a young pitcher who started out hot in the early going, but cooled off in July, and especially in August. He finished 7-10 with a 4.69 ERA. But the scouts are not worried. Number nine is another pitcher Danny Hultzen, in his first year of pro ball. He was great at Jackson posting an 8-3 record with a 1.19 ERA, but struggeld in Tacoma at 1-4, 5.92. Again no one is worried about the number one pick. Nick Franklin, number 31 hit .278 with 11 homers and 55 rbis. Mike Zunino, this years number one pick played 44 games between Everett and Jackson and hit a combined .360 with 13 homers and 43 rbis. If he continues to develop, Jesus Montero will be seeing a lot of action at first base. That begins in spring training.
Rounding out the top five prospects in the top 100 is James Paxton at number 82, who was 9-4 at Jackson with a 3.05 ERA.
Two young relievers Stephen Pryor and Carter Capps have looked good with the big club and will no doubt figure in the bullpen mix in 2013.
Of course, with so many desired prospects, there is a possibility some will be traded during the offseason if the Mariners can bring in some bats that can bring immediate help.
Michael Saunders has looked good, as has Mike Carp-when healthy-and Montero is young and getting better. There is still Alex Liddi, Trayvon Robinson-whom Eric Wedge likes-and Carlos Peguero can be a force if he can hit big league pitching the way he hit AAA pitching.
So the future looks good, but as we know, the difference between the major leagues and the minor leagues is the difference between Johnny Bench and Adam Moore.