We reach #25 in our Pre Spring Training MLB Power Rankings with the Seattle Mariners.
Projected Record: 75-87 5th in the AL West
Potential Lineup: RF Aoki #8, 3B Seager #15, 2B Cano #22, DH Cruz #23, 1B Lind #26, LF Smith #7, C Iannetta #33 CF Martin #12, SS Marte #4
Potential Rotation: 1.Hernandez #34, 2. Iwakuma #18, 3. Miley #20, 4.Walker #, 5.Paxton #65
Potential Bullpen: CL Cishek #31, 8th Benoit #53, 7th Furbush #41 Mid Relief: Zych #55, Scribner #58, De Fratus #25 Montgomery #37
Potential Bench: IF/C Clevenger #32, IF Montero #63, IF O’Malley #36, OF Gutierrez #30
The Seattle Mariners had high hopes going into 2015 as most experts expected the club to take big leaps and win the AL West. Instead the team had a losing season and failed to build upon a 2014 season where they missed out on October by just one game. With the Toronto Blue Jays making it to the postseason in 2015 the Mariners now hold the MLB’s longest playoff drought as it’s been 14 seasons since their has been playoff baseball in Seattle. New GM Jerry Dipoto following the M’s awful 2015 gave the club a whole new makeover adding tons of new faces. Starting in the bullpen where he added backend pieces Steve Cishek who was once a solid closer for the Miami Marlins and Joaquin Benoit a veteran who has had success in almost every city he has pitched in. If those two can pitch to their full potential the Mariners should be able to improve upon as a bullpen unit which ranked 25th in bullpen ERA in 2015. As for the starting rotation Jerry Dipoto traded for Lefty Wade Miley and re signed Hisashi Iwakuma. With young arms Taijuan Walker, and James Paxton at the end of the rotation and of course King Felix Hernandez leading the way Seattle hopes the rotation that ranked 17th in starters ERA to be improved as well. Lastley Dipoto made key additions to the offense that already had three dangerous bats in Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager, and Robinson Cano. Dipoto traded for first basemen Adam Lind a very consistent player, signed Catcher Chris Iannetta to replace Mike Zunino who batted far below the mendoza line in 2015, and added Nori Aoki to lead things off at the top of the order. Seattle’s offense ranked 21st in runs scored in 2015. With these additions the M’s hope to be improved offensively. In 2016 the Mariners hope is to simply improve on what was an ugly 2015 where nothing went right. The team has a completely new look and so many new faces so it should be interesting to see how the team jells in 2016 and if they can improve into a possible playoff team yet in a loaded AL West I am not sure Seattle can compete for the division title.