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Mike Curto with a brief 1B/3B Rainier overview

Postby rockycola on Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:15 pm

Here's how Mike Curto in his "BOOTH, JUSTICE & THE AMERICAN PASTIME" blog sees the corner infield play out.

Rainiers Position Preview: Corner Infielders
February 7, 2019

In recent years here at the Triple-A level we have seen many Tacoma players move between first base and third base during the season, so that’s why we lump these two positions together. But there is always some crossover with the third baseman and the middle infielders group, which we will get to next week.

SEATTLE

The Mariners will be playing Kyle Seager at third base. First base is more of a group effort, as it currently looks like some combination of Ryon Healy, Dan Vogelbach, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jay Bruce will get reps at first base. The Mariners designated hitter is likely to come out of this group, too.

Vogelbach reminder: he is out of minor league options, and must make the big league roster or be exposed to waivers. You would think that some team that isn’t contending this year (and doesn’t have Edwin Encarnacion on its roster) would claim him and install him as the everyday designated hitter. It is very unlikely that Vogelbach plays in Tacoma this year.

TACOMA

First base should be all taken care of with late-blooming prospect Joey Curletta ready for a Triple-A assignment. Curletta hit .282 with 23 home runs and 94 RBI at Double-A Arkansas last season, winning the Texas League MVP award. He also drew 81 walks in 129 games, posting a .383 on-base percentage. The 24-year-old was added to the Mariners 40-man roster in November.

Across the diamond at third base there will be many players in the mix for the Rainiers.

The Mariners acquired Dylan Moore from the Milwaukee Brewers organization in a free agent signing, and he could be the Rainiers starting third baseman. Moore played for Colorado Springs last season, hitting .280 with 11 home runs and an .838 OPS.

Moore is on a major league contract, and he has the ability to play all four infield positions. Seattle is going to look at him during spring training and he’ll have a chance to win the back-up infielder job.

Also in the Mariners back-up infielder mix is Kristopher Negron, who we have been watching for a few years now with Reno and is a certified Very Good Triple-A Player™.

Both Moore and Negron are on the 40-man roster, and at the moment it appears that one of them will be the Mariners utility infielder. But only Moore has minor league options left (three years worth!); Negron would have to clear waivers to play for the Rainiers.

Adam Law played a little third base for the Rainiers last year, and he is expected to be on Tacoma’s opening day roster in some capacity. Law batted .260 in 62 games during his first taste of Triple-A ball during the second half of last season.

Another third base possibility in the organization is Logan Taylor, who has enjoyed a brief promotion to Tacoma during each of the last two seasons but has been a regular at the lower levels of the farm system. In late May of 2018 he was promoted to Double-A for his first time, hitting .270 with seven home runs in 66 games for Arkansas. He’s a bit of a longshot to make the Rainiers opening day roster, but it could happen.

That’s the corner infield mix for 2019: first base is set, third base is open. We can also read into this to say that at this point it appears manager Daren Brown will be pulling his DH from the outfield ranks.


https://rainierscurto.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/rainiers-position-preview-corner-infielders/
 
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Re: Mike Curto with a brief 1B/3B Rainier overview

Postby somebody's son on Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:11 am

Thx Rocky for the info..
Boy Tacoma maybe more fun to watch then Seattle?
We really have taken strides in the right direction.

EE will get traded, they want to give VBach a positive
No jerking around opportunity.

Awoke here in Vancouver 2:30 am..snowing like crazy
Went to Winco and dang looked like a bunch of locus came through
there...empty shelves...

Waiting for the Dawgs to come on at 7
Beat ASU.. then they should be in the top 20..
There playing that good..
Hopefully Dickerson and a few others stick around for
the top picks to show up for 2019-2020 season
Should be a top TEN team
 
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Re: Mike Curto with a brief 1B/3B Rainier overview

Postby D-Trains on Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:34 am

somebody's son wrote:Thx Rocky for the info..
Boy Tacoma maybe more fun to watch then Seattle?
We really have taken strides in the right direction.

EE will get traded, they want to give VBach a positive
No jerking around opportunity.

Awoke here in Vancouver 2:30 am..snowing like crazy
Went to Winco and dang looked like a bunch of locus came through
there...empty shelves...

Waiting for the Dawgs to come on at 7
Beat ASU.. then they should be in the top 20..
There playing that good..
Hopefully Dickerson and a few others stick around for
the top picks to show up for 2019-2020 season
Should be a top TEN team


Dickerson is a senior so he's probably done after this year. Crisp, Thybulle and Green are also gone. That what happens in colloge sports.

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Re: Mike Curto with a brief 1B/3B Rainier overview

Postby Coeur d Alene J on Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:07 am

The Mariners will be playing Kyle Seager at third base. First base is more of a group effort, as it currently looks like some combination of Ryon Healy, Dan Vogelbach, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jay Bruce will get reps at first base. The Mariners designated hitter is likely to come out of this group, too.



Out of those 4 Healy should get a bus ride to Tacoma...… I don't believe Vogey will perform, But as you all suggest its time to find out. But to even suggest Healy's name in the same conversation with EE and Bruce is hard to swallow.
 
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Re: Mike Curto with a brief 1B/3B Rainier overview

Postby AZ Old Dawg on Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:28 am

D-Trains wrote:
somebody's son wrote:Thx Rocky for the info..
Boy Tacoma maybe more fun to watch then Seattle?
We really have taken strides in the right direction.

EE will get traded, they want to give VBach a positive
No jerking around opportunity.

Awoke here in Vancouver 2:30 am..snowing like crazy
Went to Winco and dang looked like a bunch of locus came through
there...empty shelves...

Waiting for the Dawgs to come on at 7
Beat ASU.. then they should be in the top 20..
There playing that good..
Hopefully Dickerson and a few others stick around for
the top picks to show up for 2019-2020 season
Should be a top TEN team


Dickerson is a senior so he's probably done after this year. Crisp, Thybulle and Green are also gone. That what happens in colloge sports.

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