Zoning in on the 2016 Mariners is a daily series in which we’ll examine one player every day, 30 total, in the lead-up to Opening Day. We’ll explain their role on the field, what they’re like off of it and provide highlights and photos. On deck tomorrow: Nathan Karns.
It was the first trade of the 2016 offseason, the first trade of Jerry Dipoto’s era in Seattle—and it was a big one. Brad Miller, Logan Morrison and Danny Farquhar for Nathan Karns, C.J. Riefenhauser and Boog Powell.
With that, Dipoto began to execute on a strategy he began expressing day one on the job and continued to repeat over the offseason, building a club better-suited to take advantage of Safeco Field.
He’d go on to acquire more, but in that deal he picked up his first athlete tabbed to eventually roam the outfield in Boog Powell.
And it was about more than the defense.
“The thing that appeals to us most about Boog is his top-of-the-lineup skill set,” Dipoto said right after the trade. “The patience, the hitability and the speed are really attractive to us, as well as the athleticism in the outfield.
“He’s checked all of the boxes. He controls the strike zone. He’s hit everywhere he’s gone. He runs the bases. He plays defense. And he’s polished in what he does.”
Growing up, his favorite player was Jim Edmonds, which is the reason why he wears number 15. Sometimes, admiration turns to emulation as you can see a bit of Edmonds’ style in the way Powell plays the field.
This, another from Powell, is the definition of “with reckless abandon”:
Off the Field
The question is always asked: “Boog Powell? Is that is real name? Is he related to the former MLB player?” Well, no and no.
His real name is Herschel Mack Powell IV. His grandpa is Herschel and his dad is Mack, and for a while they called him “Little Mack,” but he wasn’t a fan. His dad started to call him Boog during the baseball season and it eventually caught on with his teammates and at school.
For fun, he plays video games, and is awfully good at Call of Duty.
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