This week, the Seattle Mariners began their spring training at their facility in Peoria, Arizona. This means we are in the spring phase where we get pictures and videos of prospects in big league camp. We see videos of bullpen, live at bats, batting practice and much more. Here are some of the highlights so far.
First of all, Bryce Miller lives with the bat.
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 16, 2023
Emerson Hancock was also on the air.
Hancock by Jose Caballero pic.twitter.com/skUSLAzNI3
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 17, 2023
Here are some photos of minor league pitchers throwing bullpen.
Hot desert 🔥 #SeaUsRise pic.twitter.com/RpvxPW2JZO
— Mariners Player Development (@MsPlayerDev) February 17, 2023
Mariners Draft Spotlight
Now that college baseball is back this week, we take a look at one of the top college shortstops in the upcoming draft who could be a player the Mariners could target if they can move him down the draft board or if he slides. That shortstop is Jacob Wilson, the son of former MLB veteran and Mariners shortstop Jack Wilson. Jacob Wilson is Grand Canyon University’s starting tackle, and he’s an elite hitter.
The righty slashed .358/.418/.585 in 59 games for GCU last season. He also hit 12 home runs and 14 doubles. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Wilson is that he only had 7 hits in 275 at bats and 25 walks last year. He puts the bat on the ball a lot and it plays well with his skill set. MLB Pipeline grades the future hitter as a potential 65. Other than that, he’s rated pretty average, but if he can hit, he’s more than likely going to play in the big leagues one day. Prospects Live praised the soon-to-be 21-year-old. “Wilson checks a ton of boxes and is a very popular figure among his peers and reviewers.” He would certainly be a fun player to see in the Mariners organization if they can get a chance to draft him.
Mariners prospects in the news
Daniel Kramer highlights six young pitchers you should keep an eye on this spring training.
Over at The Athletic, Keith Lowe ranked his top 20 Mariners prospects.
To watch college baseball this opening weekend, check out the Prospects Live College Baseball Watch Guide.
Curtis Christianson is the Athletic Director at Concordia Christian Academy. He also works for the Tacoma Rainiers during the baseball season.