Good news on pitchers:
Danny Hultzen (Talk40 #4), who put up a 2.78 ERA in his first four starts before heading to the disabled list, and Erasmo Ramirez, who made waves last year in the Seattle rotation, but never made it out of Spring Training this year, are both about to start pitching again.
The better news is about Ramirez, who is slated to make his first rehab start tonight (Tuesday) for AA Jackson. The man you may know as e-RAM The Electric Supercharger (but probably not) -- explanation here (I still don't know what it does, but it sounds super-cool) -- put up a 3.36 ERA in eight starts and eight relief appearances for the big club in 2012, with an even 1.00 WHIP.
Hultzen is farther off, as he will just start pitching in Arizona, but the fact that they released Francisco Martinez (Talk40 #40) rather than put Hultzen on the 60-day DL indicates that they expect him to be back in action fairly soon.
They weren't kidding when they said that Jesus Montero was going to be working at first base. After one game as DH, Montero has started four games in a row there. As we've already noted, Rich Poythress (26intheMix) was sent down to Jackson, so there's no real competition for playing time.
Tacoma was in need of pitching help, so, even though Chance Ruffin (Watch List) and Taijuan Walker (Talk40 #2) deserve a shot at a promotion, they were on their rest days and weren't going to help fill in for Hector Noesi, who was recalled to Seattle.
I would hope that Ruffin and/or Walker will get a call when the Rainiers need a starter.
How do Jabari Blash (Watch List) and his 13 homers in 122 ABs stack up? Well, it turns out that the minor-league leader is George Springer, a guy that some had touted as an option for the Mariners in 2011, when Hultzen was the pick (Springer ended up going at No. 11 to the Astros).
Springer has 15 HR , and there are nine guys tied with Blash at 13.
But ... Springer's homers came in 178 ABs, and none of the other nine has nearly as few ABs as Blash's 122.
So, in terms of HR per AB, Blash is the leader in all of minor-league baseball at the moment.