The All-Star break in the lower levels of the minor leagues is here, and that could mean promotions for some of the Seattle Mariners’ top hitting prospects.
The California League All-Star team plays the Carolina League on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware. One member of the Mariners’ Advanced-A High Desert affiliate made the squad: outfielder Gabriel Guerrero.
Guerrero has hit .317 with seven home runs and 47 runs batted in for the Mavericks, while posting a .813 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). He also has been a threat on the bases, going 12-for-14 in stolen base attempts.
Challenging the 20-year-old right fielder with a move up to Double-A Jackson is certainly something the Mariners’ front office has considered.
A more likely candidate for advancement is High Desert third baseman D.J. Peterson. Last year’s first-round draft pick out of the University of New Mexico has put together big numbers in the hitter-friendly California League.
Peterson is batting .309 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs, with a .932 OPS. He ranks second in the league in home runs and runs batted in.
Clinton outfielder Austin Wilson is another hitter likely to receive a promotion. A second-round pick in 2013 out of Stanford, the 22-year-old Wilson is a bit old for Low-A Midwest League, where he has hit .300 with 10 homers and 49 RBIs with a .907 OPS.
RAINIERS SAY GOODBYE TO GREER STADIUM
The Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers are saying goodbye — or perhaps good riddance — to the Nashville Sounds’ Greer Stadium this weekend.
Tacoma is playing its final series at the dilapidated ballpark, which was built in 1978 and features era-appropriate dugouts and tiny locker rooms.
The Sounds are moving into a new 10,000-seat ballpark a few blocks north of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Construction began in January and is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2015 Pacific Coast League season.
The Rainiers have not fared well at Greer Stadium. Tacoma began visiting Nashville in 1998, when the Sounds joined the PCL. Entering Saturday’s game, Tacoma was 15-26 at Greer, including an 0-2 mark in the 2005 PCL Championship Series.
Greer Stadium is famous for one thing: its gigantic, guitar-shaped scoreboard. Will that behemoth be moved across town to the new ballpark?
So far, Sounds management isn’t saying.Mike Curto is the radio broadcaster for the Tacoma Rainiers.