Mariners Minor League Game Action Recap for May 24

Mariners Minor League Game Action Recap for May 24

Blash Splash 12? Yes! ... don't lose track of Roenis Elias ... etc.


There's so much news, I'm going to put it into a separate "News" article.

In the meantime ... game action ...


AAA -- Reno 8, Tacoma 5  -- Box

Puzzling Pax back again.  Even when James Paxton (Talk40 #3) has been good, he's been laboring to get through 5.0 IP on 90+ pitches.  On Friday, it was the same, except for the "good" part: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.

And 91 pitches.  So Pax won't be on the short list of rotation options anytime soon. His wonderful finish to 2012 is distant in the rear-view mirror.

But Brian Moran (Talk40 #35) has been quietly awesome, even as lefty bullpen guy is maybe the one spot with a surplus right now (Oliver Perez, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, Bobby LaFromboise (Talk40 #34)).  Moran got three more strikeouts in his inning of work, and now has 37 strikeouts and just 2 walks in 23.1 IP.

On offense, Jesus Montero got the start at first base (that didn't take long) and doubled in four at-bats.

But it was road warrior Mike Zunino (Talk40 #1), who, for whatever reason has been way better away from home, having another strong day after a trip to the airport:  3-for-3, double, HR (8th), walk.


AA -- Mongomery 2, Jackson 1  -- Box

Don't put him in the major-league mix yet, but the pitcher moving up fastest in the pecking order is Cuban exile Roenis Elias (26intheMix).  He may be A Little Like a Refugee, but he's been the most consistent guy out there this season. Friday: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K.

Overall: 2.88 ERA | 1.12 WHIP | 7.2 H/9 | 2.9 BB/9 | 7.2 K/9

Elias didn't get any offensive help, with the only scoring coming from Leon Landry (Talk40 #18) delivering a solo shot. Landry has an OPS of .707 in May after an awful .589 in April.  Still looking like more of a Cal League fluke than we'd thought.


High-A -- High Desert 8, San Jose 6 -- Box

Picture says 1,000 words:

OK, remember how, in our analysis piece on Blash, we noted that he'd been hitting a home run every 11 plate appearances?  Yep, you got it, it was his 11th plate appearance since the last homer when he went deep for Blash Splash 12!  That's kinda scary.

Oh, yeah, he also had a double and a single (3-for-4) and is now hitting .327/.400/.743.

Jamal Austin had three hits and two stolen bases.

Dominic Leone (Talk40 #25), who may have been the longest limb we went out on in our rankings, seems to be getting the hang of the Cal League, with his sixth consecutive scoreless appearance.


Low-A -- Clinton 6, Burlington 0 -- Box

Another very strong, but low-strikeout performance from Dylan "Sharkie" Unsworth (26intheMix): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.  Sharkie just won't walk anyone.  Last time it happened was April 14.  His ERA is 2.22 and his WHIP is 0.84.

Good news on the field: Jabari Henry (26intheMix) returned from the disabled list, though he was hitless as the DH.

Guillermo Pimentel (26intheMix) had a triple and two singles.  He's coming along.  Emerging catcher Tyler Marlette (26intheMix) had a double and two singles.


Looking Ahead

It's a Teen Titan double header, with Tyler Pike (Talk40 #14) and Victor Sanchez (Talk40 #12) slated to pitch both ends of a Clinton twin bill. 

Your two leading candidates for MLB rotation promotion right now will also go: Blake Beavan for Tacoma and Chance Ruffin (Watch List) for Jackson.