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Seattle Mariners Prospects 31-40

Posted by JasonAChurchill on March 8, 2006

I have had requests to go further than 40 in order to profile specific players, so 41-50 will go up tomorrow night.

31. Francisco Cruceta, RHP –
Cruceta was claimed off waivers last summer fromt he Cleveland Indians and played a role in the Tacoma Rainiers’ division title run. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander has pretty solid stuff, headlined by a solid splitter and a 91-94 mph fastball. Command and consistency has been Cruceta’s problems but at 24, the Dominican native has the arsenal to become at least an average starter. He does have the power pitches to be effective in the bullpen as well and could see time in either role with the Rainiers

32. Scott Atchison, RHP – Atchison needs to stay healthy in order to stay on the M’s radar, but his time in the bigs has been fruitful, despite a high ERA last season. If the 28-year-old former 49th rounder can stay off the DL, he may find himself in the M’s bullpen by midseason. Atchison sits 89-92 with his fastball and possesses a pretty good curve ball. His 45 strikeouts in just 37 career MLB innings are very encouraging.

33. Natanael Mateo, RHP – Mateo’s stuff rivals the ’05 version of Julio Mateo, no relation, but without the control and consistency. Natanael, 25, may begin the year in Triple-A with a chance for a late-season callup. But he must remain consistent and avoid stretches of mediocrity – see: Mateo’s stint with San Antonio post trade. Mateo has a 90-92 mph fastball, an average curve and a change up that can be effective at times.

34. Jeff Flaig, OF – Flaig was a shortstop in high school, moved to third in his first taste of pro ball, slid to first base last season to help his surgically repaired right arm heal and will likely begin 2006 in left field with Wisconsin where his bat may play better. Flaig has solid plate skills but average power potential that does not project well for a corner infielder. Better plate discipline is necessary but Flaig has it in him to be a decent prospect and go year to year.

35. Jason Snyder, RHP – Snyder features a 90-93 mph fastball, a plus curve ball and continues to work on his changeup, but had his ’05 season cut short due to a shoulder injury. At 6-foot-6, Snyder has the physical makeup of an innings eater and may be the late bloomer that sneaks up on the big leagues and has a productive career. The 23-year-old may begin the year with Class AA San Antonio – if he’s healthy enough to compete for the spot. Otherwise, he’ll start in the Cal League and work his way up. Snyder has two big-league pitches and just needs health and consistency to advance.

36. Greg Halman, OF – Halman is a big, strong Dutchman with advanced plate discipline for a kid that didn’t turn 18 until August of last year. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Halman has the raw tools to develop some good power and move consistently through the system. His .449 slugging percentage was the highest in the Rookie League for a qualifying player under 18. Halman should get a chance for some time in Everett. Look for him in either corner outfield spot, though his throwing arm is erratic and his instincts are currently below average.

37. Cesar Jimenez, LHP – Jimenez, as a starter, would be ranked higher. In relief, his 85-87 mph fastball and plus changeup aren’t enough to stay effective in the long term versus experienced bats. The Venezuelan is Felix Hernandez’s best friend in the organization and should follow his buddy’s footsteps in the ways of working hard and not taking anything for granted. Jimenez could develop into a back-end starter but he doesn’t currently hold much value as a relief arm. At 21, he still has time to start fresh as a starting pitcher.

38. Sean Green, RHP – Green, 26, is a short reliever with strong groundball abilities. With the growing appreciation for groundball pitchers, Green could gain some attention from other clubs. He finished 2005 with a combined G/F ratio of 2.92 after posting a 3.12 mark in Class AAA Tacoma. Green will re-join the Rainiers pen to start the ’06 season.

39. Yung-Chi Chen, 2B – Chen is intriguing talent but has yet to maximize his offensive skills. The 22-year-old has major league skills to play second, short and third defensively, but his bat has yet to follow. The Taiwanese import played for Chinese Taipei in the World Baseball Cup and hit a grand slam home run versus China and had four hits in the game. He appeared overmatched against Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Japanese ace with big-league talent. Chen profiles best as a second baseman and has the speed to swipe 25+ bags a season to go with his solid defense. Look for him to play a lot of third base at Inland Empire this season, while the M’s stick with Tuiasosopo at short and Navarro at second. Though they are better off playing Navarro at short and Chen at second with Tui at third or in the outfield.

40. Shawn Nottingham, LHP – Nottingham had a stellar first year as a pro in 2004 at shortseason Everett but ran into the injury big last summer. The southpaw shares a lot of similar qualities as Travis Blackley, Nottingham’s closest friend in the system. When he’s healthy, the Ohio native reaches 86-88 with his fastball and uses a pretty solid change to get outs. His breaking ball needs work but he’s only 21 and should begin his ’06 season with Inland Empire.


9 Responses to “Seattle Mariners Prospects 31-40”

  1. marinerswinws said

    Wow nice Jason, good site. However there are 2 links on this site that don`t work.

  2. which links dont work?

  3. marinerswinws said

    The ones under “subscribe” on the right.

  4. marinerswinws said

    “subscribe” on the right.

  5. marinerswinws said

    and the ones under

  6. Those are feed links. No need for those to do anything but “appear” there.

  7. slim said

    Halman seems intriguing. Plate discipline + Raw Power Potential + Youth is a good combo.

    I thought I remember Flaig being projected as having very good power. I think I remember seeing Troy Glaus comps somewhere. Did he use to have that reputation?

  8. Flaig isn’t the physical specimen that Glaus always was. Some of the comparisons came because both were SS’s when drafted and moved to third.

    I think Flaig tops out at 20 HR max. He has the raw tools to go higher, but not the plate coverage. But he’s young, too.

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