The Arizona Fall League’s 10th annual Fall Stars Game Presented by Bowman Baseball Cards will be played at 6:08 p.m. AZ (8:08 p.m. ET) this Saturday, November 7 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Scouting and farm directors from every Major League organization, in consultation with Arizona Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff, selected the players for the annual showcase that pits top prospects from the Fall League’s East Division and West Division clubs.
The Mariners will be represented on the West Division club by infielder D.J. Peterson and left-handed pitcher David Rollins.
The contest will be nationally televised by MLB Network and online via MLB.com. Paul Severino (play-by-play), Joe Magrane (game analyst), and Jim Callis (prospect analyst) will call the game. The MLB Radio Network also will carry the game on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Mike Ferrin will offer play-by-play.
For those who didn’t see the link on Mariners.com last week, MLBpipeline.com had an AFL report on the Mariners where they featured Peterson and Tyler O’Neill. Check it out below.
The Hot Stove returns to the airwaves tonight from 7-9 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle and Mariners.com. The show will be hosted by Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Bill Krueger from the 710 ESPN studios for two hours of baseball talk.
Guests that are scheduled to join the show include top prospect D.J. Peterson, hitting coach Howard Johnson, Texas Rangers Hall of Fame broadcaster Eric Nadel and Tacoma News Tribune beat writer Bob Dutton.
The Hot Stove can be heard on 710 ESPN Seattle (and Mariners.com) every Tuesday from 7-9 pm. Details on the popular Cactus League Report from Peoria, Arizona are still in the works and we’ll pass them along as soon as we get them.
It isn’t every day that we get to see baseball’s top prospects on display on one field from the comfort of our homes, but today, fans will get just that.
The annual Arizona Fall League Stars Game will be played Saturday (Nov. 1) at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona at 5 pm PT. Mariners infielder D.J. Peterson will be the Mariners representative in the game. The game will be nationally televised by MLB Network and online via MLB.com with Paul Severino (play-by-play), Joe Magrane (game analyst) and John Manuel (game analyst) calling the action. The MLB Radio Network also will carry the game on Sirius/XM satellite radio.
Another Mariners connection in the game will be Kyle Seager’s younger brother, Dodgers prospect Corey Seager, who is on the AFL West roster along with Peterson.
Here’s a list of Mariners who have participated in the Arizona Fall League Stars Game:
2014 – INF D.J. Peterson
2013 – OF Stefen Romero
2012 – LHP James Paxton, C Mike Zunino, INF Nick Franklin
2011 – LHP Danny Hultzen, INF Nick Franklin
2010 – OF Dustin Ackley, RHP Josh Fields
2009 – OF Dustin Ackley, RHP Phillippe Aumont, Josh Fields, INF Carlos Triunfel
2008 – OF Greg Halman, INF Carlos Triunfel
2007 – C Jeff Clement, RHP Joe Woerman
2006 – INF Michael Garciaparra, RHP Stephen Kahn
Well, it is that time of year, when spring training is right around the corner and prospect rankings have hit the internet.
- Taijuan Walker – No. 2 right-handed pitcher
- D.J. Peterson – No. 8 third baseman
- Tyler Marlette – No. 10 catcher
MLB.com recently came out with their annual Top 100 Prospect Rankings with Walker (No. 6) and Peterson (No. 88) making the list. Here is an article by Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns on Walker and Peterson.
And lastly, BaseballProspects.com published their annual Top 101 prospect list. Taijuan Walker was the highest rated pitching prospect checking in at No. 8 on the list. Third baseman D.J. Peterson (#65) and LHP James Paxton (#68) also made the list.
MLBPipeline.com’s 2014 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled this Thursday (Jan. 23) on MLB.com, as well as during a one-hour show on MLB Network airing at 7 pm PT. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball’s Top 10 prospects at each position.
The top 10 third base prospects were announced today, and the the Mariners D.J. Peterson is listed No. 8 on the list. Here is what MLB.com had to say about D.J.:
D.J. Peterson, Mariners: Peterson lived up to his college reputation as an offensive performer by hitting 13 homers and posting a .918 OPS during his pro debut before being hit in the face with a pitch late in the summer. The No. 12 pick in the 2013 Draft should continue to hit for both average and power as he progresses quickly through the Seattle system. His defense doesn’t profile as well, but even if he has to move to first base, his bat should play just fine there.
Peterson, 22, combined to bat .303 (63×208) with 25 extra-base hits, including 13 home runs, in 55 games with Everett and Clinton. He was selected by the Mariners in the first round (12th overall) in the 2013 June Draft out of the University of New Mexico.
D.J. is scheduled to be part of the Mariners annual FanFest this weekend at Safeco Field.
It is that time of year where the top prospect lists start to come out. Baseball Prospectus chimes in with their Mariners Top 10 this morning with an in-depth analysis of the Mariners Farm System. While the complete run-down is available only to subscribers (which is a great resource for baseball fans), here is the top 10 list and a peak at the detailed profiles of Taijuan Walker and D.J. Peterson. We’ll post additional prospect news/lists when Baseball America, MLB.com and any others publish their rankings.
Baseball Prospectus – Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects
by Jason Parks
The Top Ten
- RHP Taijuan Walker
- 1B D.J. Peterson
- LHP James Paxton
- RHP Victor Sanchez
- RHP Edwin Diaz
- LHP Luiz Gohara
- SS Chris Taylor
- LHP Tyler Pike
- C Tyler Marlette
- OF Gabriel Guerrero
1. Taijuan Walker
Height/Weight: 6’4” 210 lbs.
Drafted/Acquired: 1st round, 2010 draft, Yucaipa HS (Yucaipa, CA)
Previous Ranking: #1 (Org), #9 (Top 101)
2013 Stats: ERA 3.60 (15 IP, 11 H, 12 K, 4 BB) at major league level, 3.61 ERA (57.1 IP, 54 H, 64 K, 27 BB) at Triple-A Tacoma, 2.46 ERA (84 IP, 58 H, 96 K, 30 BB) at Double-A Jackson
The Tools: 7 FB; 7 CT; 5 CB; future 5 CH
What Happened in 2013: Walker started at the Double-A level and finished his season with three starts at the major-league level, displaying not only high-level stuff but also the necessary makeup to stand on a major-league mound as a 21-year-old.
Strengths: Electric fastball from easy release; works in the 94-96 range; can get more when he needs more; good movement to the arm side; cutter is a monster pitch; 89-93 with late horizontal movement to the glove side; curveball has big depth in the 73-76 range; average but effective offering; excellent pickoff move; big competitor.
Weaknesses: Command is below average; lacks plus projection; can work up in the zone too often; curveball has nice shape but can get soft; tendency to start it too high in the zone; will struggle to be effective unless it plays with sharper fastball command; changeup can get too firm; lacks quality fade.
Overall Future Potential: 7; no. 2 starter
Realistic Role: 7; no. 2 starter
Risk Factor/Injury History: Low risk; ready for majors
Bret Sayre’s Fantasy Take: One of the top fantasy pitching prospects in the game, Walker has the type of arm that can help contribute strongly across all categories. I’m not sold that he’ll be someone who sits near the top of the league leaderboard in strikeouts, but there will be enough to go around (think around 190-200 at his peak).
The Year Ahead: Walker needs to refine his command and his secondary arsenal, but the fastball is a high-end major-league pitch, and the cutter can bail him out of situations. Oddly enough, the curve that received all the minor-league hype received the least amount of industry love, at least as far as major-league projection is concerned. Don’t rule out his changeup becoming a much better pitch than people are projecting; it doesn’t look good now, but he has feel for pitching and the power of the fastball will assist in the deceptive elements of the offering. I wouldn’t be shocked if it develops into a plus pitch down the line. Give it time.
Major league ETA: Debuted in 2013
2. D.J. Peterson
Height/Weight: 6’1” 190 lbs.
Drafted/Acquired: 1st round, 2013 draft, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
Previous Ranking: NR
2013 Stats: .293/.346/.576 at Low-A Clinton (26 games), .312/.382/.532 at short-season Everett (29 games)
The Tools: 6 potential hit/power
What Happened in 2013: It’s a small sample, but Peterson did exactly what a polished college bat should do in the lower minors, which is slug .553 over two spots, including 13 home runs is 55 games.
Strengths: Natural hitter; easy to the ball; good extension; uses the entire field; shows plus power potential; doesn’t sell out for the tool; strength to lift the ball; arm is strong enough for third.
Weaknesses: Glove is below average at third; below-average range; likely home is across the diamond at first; has work ethic to improve at position, but the bat is the carrying tool; has to hit.
Overall Future Potential: 6; first-division third baseman
Realistic Role: 5; second-division first baseman
Risk Factor/Injury History: Moderate; difficult profile but good polish at present with plus projections on hit/power.
Bret Sayre’s Fantasy Take: The key with Peterson is how long he can maintain that 3B eligibility, even if his future eventually lies across the diamond. If his bat comes close to maxing out, that’s the difference between a stud at the hot corner and a back-end starter at first base. However, it’s a tough task to put up big power numbers as a right-handed bat at Safeco.
The Year Ahead: Peterson could be ready to move fast, possibly reaching Double-A by summer. The bat is his ticket to a first-division future, and the reports since he signed have been very positive; his bat-to-ball is very easy, and the power is already showing up in game action. He’s going to hit. The big question is: Will he become a 6/6 hit/power type or will he fall short of those projections? Falling short with the stick could come with an even bigger sting if he does in fact shift over to first at some point in the development process, a move that my sources seem to think is a likely outcome.
Major league ETA: 2015
For the rest of the rundown on the top 10, please visit BaseballProspectus.com.