Re: One View of 2013 and Beyond
posted at 11/2/2012 4:51 PM EDT
In response to hill55's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
Im sure Bogaerts, Barnes and JBJ would get his attention...
Xander Bogaerts, Matt Barnes and Jackie Bradley are promising prospects, but the Mariners should stockpile only so many top prospects at certain positions.
John Sickels' preliminary list of hitting prospects has Bogaerts at No. 4 with Seattle shortstop prospects Nick Franklin at No. 16 and Brad Miller at No. 25. What they all share are doubts about whether they'll stick at shortstop.
Sickels' list of pitching prospects has Barnes at No. 18 with Seattle prospects Taijuan Walker at No. 7, Danny Hultzen at No. 17, James Paxton at No. 25 and 17-year-old Victor Sanchez at No. 44.
I suspect Seattle would have an interest in Jackie Bradley (No. 24 on Sickels' list), but I'm not sure what the Mariners would be willing to sacrifice for Bradley.
I would guess Boston would be interested in Seattle's top hitting prospect, catcher Mike Zunino at No. 7, but Zunino is a Mariner keeper.
Zunino looks like the real deal. Moved up 3 levels last year. Unbelieveable offensive stats for a 21 yr old catcher. Hes a solid defender with a great arm...These kind of catchers are rare. If he keeps this pace up I would give JBJ for this kid without even thinking about it.