Veteran Players Remain Crucial To The Mariners’ Youth Movement
Thanks to an announced crop of prospects and a promising big league roster, optimism about the Seattle Mariners’ future is on the rise. Fans are starting to believe that the young will end up spearheading Seattle’s return to MLB relevance for the first time in nearly two decades. The national media have even started to take note of the disjointed team in the Pacific Northwest. Still, all is not as rosy with the youth movement as suggested by the Mariners’ respectable 8-5 start.
Unfortunately, the child’s bats have been mostly dormant for the first two weeks of the season. They are the oldest players in the Mariners – Kyle seager (33) and Mitch haniger (30) – which are in fact at the origin of the first successes of the team. A comparison of the pair’s combined output with their teammates underscores the importance of maintaining a veteran presence in a young formation.
Essentially, Seager and Haniger are the engines that currently power the Mariners lineup. Yes, 26 years old Ty France hits, as most of the team’s watchers thought he would. The third-year player cuts .271 / .386 / .438 with a 140 OPS +. But after France, there is a dearth of good news regarding Seattle’s young hitters.
To be clear, the early struggles of the Mariners’ inexperienced positional players are not an indictment of the young and athletic roster building strategy employed by GM. Jerry dipoto. The rebuilding of the organization is on the right track – although the kids are scrambling right now.
Still, the first two weeks of 2021 are a reminder that younger players are likely to have a hard time adjusting to big-league competition. It’s part of the development process. This is why the constant influence of Seager and Haniger in the clubhouse and on the field is so vital for the children. This gives them time to become full-time Major Leaguers.
Imagine for a moment that Seager and Haniger weren’t in the picture. The Mariners would not have a player with more than 1,000 career appearances. In fact, the veteran duo have nearly twice as many career appearances (7,144) as the rest of the 40-man roster (3,880). As the following illustrates, the vast majority of positional players have yet to reach the 500 Plate Appearance Milestone. It’s not even a season’s experience for a regular.
Fortunately, Mariners fans don’t have to worry about life without Seager and Haniger. This assumes that every player stays in good health and that Dipoto doesn’t feel like trading the 30s this summer. Yes, all good things must come to an end. But resisting the urge to deal would be prudent – at least in 2021.
Names like Taylor trammell, Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez, Cal Raleigh, and Logan gilbert dominate the conversation when we discuss the future of sailors. But only one of these promising players – Trammell – is in the majors. The 23-year-old has seen several bright spots: eight steps to the head of the team, crushing two home runs and a few web gems on the pitch. Unfortunately, Trammell leads the majors with an alarming 45.7% withdrawal rate. In addition, it is jostled on the basic paths. There is a lot to love about the child, but there is also a lot of room for growth.
And that’s why having leaders like Seager and Haniger in the lineup and Marco gonzales on issues of launch personnel. These established players not only struggled in their careers, but they fought for success. Anyone can provide mentorship to Trammell and other young people who cannot be quantified by statistics – conventional or not. Plus, proven veterans bring relief to young men with results – like Seager and Haniger have done so far.
The end of the game for the Mariners is to create a competitive roster teeming with controllable young players – that’s a good plan. But baseball is tough. The kids are already facing adversity and will continue to meet her on the way to Seattle to playoff relevance. That’s why it’s more important than ever to keep a few veterans to serve as guides for the kids and for the long-term success of the franchise.
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Last updated on April 16, 2021 by Luke arkins
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Luke is from New York, who grew up as a fan of the Mets. After the US Navy moved him to the Pacific Northwest in 2009, he decided to settle in Seattle. In 2014, Luke joined the Prospect Insider team. During baseball season, he is often found observing the home team at T-Mobile Park. You can follow Luke on Twitter @luke_arkins