09/24/2010 2:54 PM ET
2010 Seattle Mariners minor league review
Affiliates Update: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates put together the best season in club history, combining for a 490-410 (.544) record. All but one affiliate posted a winning record and advanced to the postseason. The organization led all American League farm systems with 490 wins, and ranked 2nd in the Majors behind St. Louis (492). The Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) won the Pacific Coast League championship and Everett AquaSox won the Northwest League title.
Operation Playoffs: Eight of the Mariners 9 minor league affiliates advanced to the playoffs in 2010. Tacoma (Pacific Coast League) and Everett (Northwest League) won their league titles. Clinton (Midwest League) and the VSL Mariners advanced to the finals, but fell short of earning a title. Seattle led the minors in 2010 with 8 affiliates advancing to the postseason.
Player of the Year - Rich Poythress: Poythress led all minor leaguers with 130 RBI, averaging 1.06 RBI per game. He hit .315 (150x476) with 33 doubles and 31 home runs in 123 games for High Desert. Among California League leaders, he ranked 1st in RBI, 2nd in slugging percentage (.580), 3rd in home runs, and T9th in batting average. The Mariners 2nd-round selection in the 2009 June draft became the first minor leaguer to record 130 RBI in a season since former Mariner farmhand Juan Silvestre had 137 for Lancaster in 2000. Poythress recorded more home runs and RBI on the road (17 HR, 66 RBI) than at home (14 HR, 64 RBI).
Pitcher of the Year - Michael Pineda: Pineda went 11-4 with a 3.36 ERA (52 ER, 139.1 IP) in 25 starts combined between AA West Tenn (8-1, 2.22) and AAA Tacoma (3-3, 4.76). He was a finalist for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year, winning the fan vote portion of the award. He led all Mariners minor leaguers with 154 strikeouts (9.95 K/9.0 IP), including 4 games with 10-or-more strikeouts. He was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week after going 1-0 with 21 strikeouts over a 2-start stretch, June 28-July 4. Pineda started the year with AA West Tenn, going 8-1 with a 2.22 ERA (19 ER, 77.0 IP) in 13 starts. He was selected by Baseball America as the Southern League's top pitching prospect in an annual survey taken by league managers.
Staff Member of the Year - Jose Castro: Castro was named the Mariners Player Development Staff Member of the Year after succeeding in several roles during the 2010 season. He started the season as the minor league hitting coordinator and took over as the hitting coach at AAA Tacoma on May 9 when Alonzo Powell joined the Major League staff. He then took on the role of interim manager with the Rainiers on August 9, when Daren Brown took over in Seattle, and helped lead Tacoma to the PCL championship. Castro, along with co-hitting coordinator Phil Plantier, was instrumental in guiding the farm system to one of its best offensive performances in club history.
20 / 20: Clinton SS Nick Franklin was one of only three players in the minors to record a 20 HR-20 SB season (also Dan Espinosa - 22 HR, 25 SB & Brandon Belt - 23 HR, 22 SB). Franklin hit .281 (144x513) with 89 runs scored, 22 doubles, 7 triples, 23 home runs, 65 RBI and 25 stolen bases. He led the Midwest League in homers, breaking the 49-year-old Clinton franchise record for single-season homers.
On Pace with Ichiro: Kyle Seager also had a season worthy of Player of the Year honors. The Mariners 3rd-round selection out of the University of North Carolina in 2009 led the minors in hits (192) and runs scored (126). He also won the California League batting title with a .345 (192x557) average, and ranked 2nd in on-base percentage (.419) and doubles (40).
They're All Back: The Mariners announced the extension of player development contracts with Tacoma (4-year), West Tenn/Jackson (2-year), High Desert (2-year), Clinton (2-year), Everett (2-year) and Pulaski (2-year).
Homer Happy: The Mariners four full-season affiliates (Tacoma, West Tenn, High Desert, Clinton) led the minors with 527 home runs. The organization showcased 4 of the top 15 home run hitters in the minors (and 3 of top 10). Greg Halman led the organization with 33 home runs, ranking T5th in the minors. Johermyn Chavez (T7th, 32), Rich Poythress (T9th, 31) and Mike Carp (T14th, 29) also ranked among top power hitters in the minors in 2010.
Streaking: High Desert's Kyle Seager and Johermyn Chavez recorded two of the longest hitting streaks in the minors this season. Seager put together a 32-game hitting streak June 19-July 27, the 2nd-longest streak in MiLB in 2010 (longest was a 37-G streak by Harold Garcia - PHI org). Seager hit .428 (59x138) with 37 runs, 12 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs and 26 RBI during the streak. Chavez recorded a 23-game hitting streak from July 8-Aug. 3, marking the 7th-longest streak of the season. Chavez hit .422 (38x90) with 12 home runs and 37 RBI during the streak.
Jackson Generals: Immediately following the 2010 season, the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx revealed their new name and logo. Digging way back to 1935, the owners of Jackson Baseball Club (the ownership group of the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx) announced that starting in the 2011 season the team will be known as the Jackson Generals.
MARINERS MINOR LEAGUE AWARDS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Rich Poythress (High Desert)
PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Michael Pineda (West Tenn/Tacoma)
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Jose Castro (Hitting Coordinator/Tacoma Interim Manager)
||Matt Mangini (3B)
||Luke French (LHP)
||Alex Liddi (3B)
||Michael Pineda (RHP)
||Rich Poythress (1B)
||Kenn Kasparek (RHP)
||Erasmo Ramirez (RHP)
||Kevin Rivers (OF)
||Anthony Fernandez (LHP)
||Ramon Morla (3B)
||Tim Boyce (RHP)
||Ji-Man Choi (C)
||Dylan Unsworth (RHP)
||Rudy van Heydoom (1B/3B)
||Henry Perez (LHP)
||Ivan Ramirez (C)
||Vicente Campos (RHP)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Carlos Peguero, OF West Tenn - Southern League (April 19-25)
Bobby LaFromboise, LHP High Desert - California League (April 26-May 2)
Mauricio Robles, LHP West Tenn - Southern League (May 3-9)
Mauricio Robles, LHP West Tenn - Southern League (May 31-June 6)
Alex Liddi, 3B West Tenn - Southern League (June 7-13)
Chris Seddon, LHP Tacoma - Pacific Coast League (June 14-20)
Kevin Rivers, OF Everett - Northwest League (June 21-27)
Michael Pineda, RHP Tacoma - Pacific Coast League (June 28-July 4)
Rich Poythress, INF High Desert - California League (July 19-25)
Alex Liddi, 3B West Tenn - Southern League (July 19-25)
Tim Boyce, RHP Pulaski - Appalachian League (July 26-Aug. 1)
Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP Clinton - Midwest League (Aug. 2-8)
Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP Clinton - Midwest League (Aug. 9-15)
Kevin Mailloux, INF Everett - Northwest League (Aug. 9-15)
Jesse Nava, RHP Pulaski - Appalachian League (Aug. 9-15)
Matt Browning, INF Pulaski - Appalachian League (Aug. 16-22)
Vinnie Catricala, INF Clinton - Midwest League (Aug. 23-29)
Kevin Rivers, OF Everett - Northwest League (Aug. 23-29)
Scott Savastano, DH West Tenn - Southern League (Aug. 30-Sept. 5)
Luke French, LHP - Pitcher of the Year
Matt Mangini, 3B - Offensive Player of the Year
Greg Halman, OF - Defensive Player of the Year
Johan Limonta, 1B
Rich Poythress, 1B
Johermyn Chavez, OF
Kyle Seager, 2B
Nick Franklin, SS
Erasmo Ramirez, RHP
Kevin Mailloux, 3B
Steven Baron, C
Anthony Fernandez, LHP
Ramon Morla, 3B
Jorge Agudelo, INF
Jose Rivero, OF
Tim Boyce, RHP
Ji-Man Choi, C (MVP)
Henry Perez, LHP
Vicente Campos, RHP
Ivan Ramirez, C
Pacific Coast League:
Luke French (LHP), Chris Seddon (LHP), Daren Brown (Manager)
Southern League - North:
Steven Hensley (RHP), Alex Liddi (3B), Johan Limonta (1B), Michael Pineda (RHP), Carlos Peguero (OF), Mauricio Robles (LHP), Carlos Triunfel (SS), Anthony Varvaro (RHP)
Kenn Kasparek (RHP), Rich Poythress (1B)
Midwest League - East:
Vinnie Catricala (DH), Nick Franklin (SS), Brian Moran (LHP), Erasmo Ramirez (RHP)
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE:
Maikel Cleto (RHP)
Josh Fields (RHP)
Josh Lueke (RHP)
Tom Wilhelmsen (RHP)
Dustin Ackley (INF)
Matt Mangini (INF)
Nate Tenbrink (OF)
Eddie Tamez (Trainer)
ALL-STAR FUTURES GAME
Carlos Peguero - World Squad (2x4, R, 2B, K)
Alex Liddi - World Squad (0x2)
2010 Organizational Summaries
AAA TACOMA RAINIERS - PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
The Rainiers won the Pacific Coast League title, sweeping Memphis 3-0 in the championship series. Tacoma won its first out-right league crown since 1969 when they were the Tacoma Cubs. The Rainiers were forced to share the title in their previous two championships. Tacoma was named co-champions with New Orleans in 2001 (championship series cancelled due to the events of 9/11) and in 1978 with Albuquerque (championship series was cancelled due to rain). Tacoma lost to Columbus 12-6 in the AAA Championship held Sept. 21 at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. The Rainiers reached the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1981-82, and advanced into the second round for the first time since 2005.
3B Matt Mangini (Player of the Year), LHP Luke French (Pitcher of the Year) and Greg Halman (Defensive Player of the Year) earned team awards from the Rainiers. Mangini and French were also selected by the Mariners as the AAA Players of the Year. Interim manager Jose Castro was named the Mariners Player Development Staff Member of the Year after taking over as the Rainiers hitting coach (when Alonzo Powell was promoted to Seattle) and serving as manager (when Daren Brown took over in Seattle).
The Rainiers slugged their way to the PCL title with a club-record-tying 185 home runs. Tacoma featured 6 different players with double-digits in home runs (Halman - 33, Carp - 29, Mangini - 18, M. Wilson - 17, B. Nelson - 17, D. Winfree - 10) and 4 players with at least 60 RBI (Halman - 80, Carp - 76, Mangini - 63, Nelson - 60). Halman (6th) and Carp (T14th) ranked among the top home run hitters in the minors.
Tacoma used 67 players during the 2010 season, including 30 position players and 37 pitchers. That includes 31 players (16 position, 15 pitchers) that also were listed on the Mariners active roster at some point during the 2010 season.
LHP Chris Seddon, LHP Luke French and manager Daren Brown represented the Mariners at the AAA All-Star game in Allentown, PA. French was not able to attend the game due to being called up by Seattle and Seddon did not pitch.
Mangini had a breakout season in his Triple-A debut. He hit .313 (140x447) with 73 runs scored, 31 doubles, 4 triples, 18 home runs and 63 RBI in a team-high 117 games. He led the Rainiers in hits (140), doubles (31), multi-hit games (36) and OPS (.873). Mangini had a strong finish to the season, recording 40 hits over his last 21 games (including the playoffs), and hit .342 (52x152) over the final month of the regular season. He hit .323 (10x31) with 6 runs, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBI in 7 playoff games. He also posted the Rainiers longest hitting streak of the season, an 18-gamer July 6-29 (.308/24x78).
Halman hit a career-high 33 home runs, leading the league with a HR every 12.85 at-bats and 2nd overall in homers. Marked his 4th consecutive season with at least 20 home runs in a season (2010 - 33, 2009 - 25, 2008 - 29, 2007 - 20).
Michael Pineda was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week for June 28-July 4 when he posted 21 strikeouts over a 2-start stretch. Pineda went 3-3, 4.76 (33 ER, 62.1 IP) in 12 starts after being promoted from AA West Tenn.
Seddon went 10-4 with a 3.39 ERA (38 ER, 101.0 IP) with a league-leading 2 shutouts in 18 games (15 starts) before joining the Mariners following the All-Star break.
1B/OF Mike Carp hit a career-high 29 home runs, including 6 multi-homer games.
OF David Winfree joined the Rainiers in mid-June and was one of the top hitters in the second half of the season. Winfree hit .315 (69x219) with 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 42 RBI in 57 games. He hit .338 (50x148) following the All-Star break, including a .403 (31x77) mark in July.
OF Mike Wilson was named the MVP of the PCL Championship series, hitting a home run in each game of the 3-game sweep of Memphis. During the regular season, Wilson combined to hit 25 home runs with Tacoma (17) and West Tenn (8).
RHP Andrew Baldwin went 9-7 with a 4.90 (64 ER, 117.2 IP) while leading the Rainiers in innings and strikeouts (87). He thrived out of the bullpen, posting a 5-1 record with 1 save and a 2.09 ERA (9 ER, 38.2 IP) in 17 relief appearances.
AA WEST TENNESSEE DIAMOND JAXX - SOUTHERN LEAGUE
The Diamond Jaxx reached the postseason for the first time since 2008 by winning the Wild Card, but lost to the Tennessee Smokies 3-1 in the North Division Championship Series. West Tenn finished the regular season with a 73-66 record.
The Diamond Jaxx were one of the Southern League's top offensive teams, ranking 2nd in home runs (116), RBI (623), doubles (262), hits (1259), slugging (.420) and OPS (.765).
Following the conclusion of the regular season on September 6, the team announced that beginning in 2011 they will be known as the Jackson Generals.
The Jaxx were represented on the Southern League Postseason All-Star team by Johan Limonta. RHP Anthony Varvaro, 1B Johan Limonta and SS Carlos Triunfel were selected to play on the Southern League North Division (mid-season) All-Star team. Also chosen but unable to participate were 3B Alex Liddi, OF Carlos Peguero (XM Futures Game) and RHP Michael Pineda (promoted to Triple-A).
Carlos Peguero led the Southern League with 23 home runs, including 9 in April when he hit .390 (32x82) with 5 doubles, 8 home runs, 18 RBI, .780 slugging percentage. He hit .272 (85x312) with 63 runs, 14 doubles, 15 home runs, 46 RBI and selected to play in the Futures Game. Peguero became just the third Jaxx player in history to record a 3-home run game (April 28 at Mobile).
Alex Liddi, also a Futures Game selection and Southern League All-Star, was named the West Tenn player of the year after leading the Southern League with 92 RBI and ranking 4th in doubles (37). He led the Jaxx RBI and extra base hits (60) and ranked 2nd in home runs (15) and doubles (37).
Michael Pineda was named the West Tenn Pitcher of the Year after leading the team in wins, and ERA. He appeared in 13 games, all starts before being promoted to Triple-A. With the Jaxx, he was 8-1, 2.22 ERA (19 ER, 77.0 IP) with 78 strikeouts.
Johan Limonta was the lone Jaxx representative on the Southern League Postseason All-Star Team after being amongst the Southern League leaders in doubles (2nd, 41), RBI (4th, 83), total bases (3rd, 234) and slugging (5th, .481). He finished the season batting .302 (147x486) with 82 runs, 41 doubles, 2 triples, 14 home runs, and 83 RBI.
A HIGH DESERT MAVERICKS - CALIFORNIA LEAGUE
The Mavericks advanced to the post-season for the second straight season after finishing the regular season with a 75-65 record. High Desert lost to Rancho Cucamonga in the first round of the playoffs. Minor league infield coordinator Darin Garner took over as manager on July 31 after Jim Horner left for a coaching position at Texas Tech University. Garner led HD to a 18-17 record and capped a two-year stretch where the Mavericks posted 158 wins (3rd-most in team history).
As a team, the Mavericks led the California League in batting average (.296), home runs (172) and runs scored (860). The pitching staff's 381 walks allowed were the fewest in the league and the lowest total in franchise history.
High Desert was represented by three players on the California League Post-Season All-Star team: 1B Rich Poythress, 2B Kyle Seager and OF Johermyn Chavez. Poythress and RHP Kenn Kasparek also played in the California League-Carolina League All-Star game.
Poythress led all of the minors with 130 RBI, becoming the first minor league player since 2000 to top that mark. He accumulated the total in just 123 games, averaging 1.06 RBI/G. Poythress also slugged 31 home runs to rank 3rd in the Cal League.
Seager led the minors with 192 hits and 126 runs scored, and T3rd with a .345 batting average (192x557). His hit total equates to an Ichiro-esque 230 hits over a full 162-game schedule. The Mariners 3rd-round selection in the 2009 draft also had the 2nd-longest hitting streak in the minors in 2010, recording a 32-game streak from June 18-July 27 (.428, 5 HR, 26 RBI). Seager became the first Maverick to win a California League batting title since 1996 (Mike Berry). Seager had a strong finish to the season, batting .384 (111x289) following the All-Star break (.302/81x268 prior to the break).
Chavez recorded his 3rd consecutive 20+ home run season, setting a career-high with 32 longballs. Acquired from Toronto in the Brandon Morrow trade, Chavez hit .315 (168x534) and ranked amongst Cal League leaders in homers (2nd), runs (2nd, 109), extra base hits (2nd, 69), hits (3rd), RBI (3rd, 96) and batting average (T9th).
Kasparek was named the Mavericks Pitcher of the Year after going 9-5, 4.06 (66 ER, 146.1 IP) in 24 games (22 starts). He ranked 8th in the Cal League in ERA, 2nd in WHIP (1.20) and T1st in opponents batting average (.248).
A CLINTON LUMBERKINGS - MIDWEST LEAGUE
The LumberKings captured the West Division Championship and played for the Midwest League title for the first time since 1993. Lost to Lake County in the finals, dropping the best-of-five MWL championship 3-2. Clinton finished the regular season 74-65, advancing to the playoffs as the second-half West Division Wild Card. It was Clinton's 9th trip to the playoffs since 1998. The LumberKings finished their playoff run with a 6-5 record, including going 5-1 when facing elimination.
Clinton led the Midwest League with 134 home runs (in 139 games), setting a franchise record. Six players reached double-digits in homers (Nick Franklin - 23, Vinnie Catricala - 17, Kalian Sams - 15, Matt Cerione - 12, James Jones - 12, Mario Martinez - 12). The pitching staff finished 2nd in the league in ERA (3.66).
SS Nick Franklin and RHP Erasmo Ramirez were honored as both Midwest League Post-Season All-Stars and as the club's Player and Pitcher of the Year. Franklin and Ramirez, along with Vinnie Catricala (DH) and Brian Moran (LHP) were also selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star Game.
Franklin had an outstanding first full professional season. The 19-year-old hit .281 (144x513) with 89 runs scored, 22 doubles, 7 triples, 23 home runs, 65 RBI and 25 stolen bases. He was one of only three players in the minors to record a 20 HR-20 SB season (Dan Espinosa - 22 HR, 25 SB & Brandon Belt - 23 HR, 22 SB). Franklin led the Midwest League in homers and broke the 49-year-old Clinton franchise record for single-season homers.
Ramirez went 10-4 with a 2.97 ERA (50 ER, 151.2 IP) in 26 games (23 starts). He finished 5th in ERA (2.97), 2nd in WHIP (1.07), 3rd in innings pitched (151.2), 3rd in lowest walks per 9.0 innings for starters (1.34), 3rd in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings for starters (10.60) and T5th in wins (10). Ramirez posted a 1-0, 1.93 mark in 2 post-season starts.
INF/OF Vinnie Catricala hit .302 (150x496) and ranked amongst Midwest League leaders in several offensive categories. He was 5th in hits (150), T3rd in doubles (41), 4th in extra base hits (58) and led the league with 17 HBP. He recorded Clinton's longest hitting streak of the season at 17 games, Aug. 11-28 (.471, 32x68, 7 2B, 3 HR, 16 RBI). He was named MWL Player of the Week for Aug. 23-30.
OF James Jones hit .269 (132x491) with 24 doubles, 10 triples, 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases during the regular season, but was even better during the playoffs. The Mariners 4th round selection in the 2009 June draft hit .356 (16x45) with 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 6 RBI in 11 postseason games.
RHP Taylor Stanton tied for the league lead and led all Mariners minor leaguers with12 wins, going 12-7, 4.30 (66 ER, 138.0 IP) in 27 games (24 starts).
RHP Tom Wilhelmsen went 6-1 with a 2.23 ERA (11 ER, 44.1 IP) in 7 games (6 starts) with the LumberKings. He also pitched for the AZL Mariners (5 G) and Everett AquaSox (3 G), combining to go 7-1, 2.19 (18 ER, 74.0 IP) in 15 games (12 starts). He won back-to-back MWL Pitcher of the Week awards from Aug. 2-9 & Aug. 9-16.
LHP Jimmy Gillheeney posted a 2.83 ERA (37 ER, 117.2 IP) in 21 starts, ranking 2nd in the MWL in ERA.
LumberKings General Manager Ted Tornow was named the Midwest League Executive of the Year. Tornow, GM of the Clinton baseball club since 1999, guided the LumberKings to a highly successful 2010 season that included the club appearing in the championship series for the first time since 1993 and the 2nd-largest attendance in franchise history (127,251).
A EVERETT AQUASOX - NORTHWEST LEAGUE
The AquaSox won the 2010 Northwest League Championship for Everett's first title since 1985, when the team was affiliated with the San Francisco Giants. Everett won the first-half by 10 games (27-11) to clinch a playoff spot. Finished with 49 wins, most by an AquaSox club (previous was 44 in 2002) and tied a franchise record equaled by the 1987 Everett Giants. Went 30-8 at Everett Memorial Stadium, falling two wins short of tying a NWL record for most home wins in a season.
After the record-breaking regular season, manager Jose Moreno's squad swept the Vancouver Canadians in the NWL West finals (2-0) and beat Spokane for the NWL title (2 games to 1) to claim the title. The AquaSox led the NWL in several pitching categories, including ERA (3.22) and saves (29). The offense paced the NWL with 66 home runs, 22 more than 2nd-place Spokane. Everett maintained their success, despite having 10 players called up to Clinton during the course of the season.
Everett was represented by three players on the Northwest League Post-Season All-Star team: 3B Kevin Mailloux, C Steven Baron and LHP Anthony Fernandez.
Mailloux, the Mariners 45th round selection in the 2009 June draft, had a breakout season leading the Northwest League in home runs (15), runs scored (63), slugging percentage (.576), total bases (144) and extra base hits (37).
Baron led all NWL catchers in games played (50), total chances (470), putouts (420), and assists (47). He also led all short-season Single-A catchers by throwing out 36 potential base stealers. Baron hit .253 (50x198) with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 22 RBI in 53 games regular-season games for the AquaSox (hit .300/6x20 in the playoffs).
Fernandez tied for the league lead with 8 wins and was 2nd in ERA (2.59). He went 8-3, 2.59 (24 ER, 83.1 IP) in 15 starts. The left-hander was a key piece to the AquaSox historic post-season run, going 2-0 with 13.0 scoreless innings in the playoffs. He was the winning pitcher with 7.0 shutout innings in the championship-clinching win over Spokane. Fernandez was named the AquaSox Pitcher of the Year.
OF Kevin Rivers was named the AquaSox Player of the Year by the Mariners player development staff. He hit .332 (80x241) 11 homers and 48 RBI in a team-high 71 games. He led the NWL with a .466 on-base percentage and was twice named the NWL Player of the Week.
Several other AquaSox turned in remarkable seasons. RHP Chris Sorce tied for the league in wins (8) and winning percentage (.800, 8-2). LHP Edlando Seco was 2nd in ERA (2.48), 1st in opponents batting average (.169) and 3rd in strikeouts (73).
A PULASKI MARINERS - APPALACHIAN LEAGUE
Pulaski advanced to the Appalachian League playoffs in their third season affiliated with the Mariners. Manager Eddie Menchaca led the Mariners to a 37-28 record, winning the Appalachian League East by 4.5 games. The Mariners lost to Elizabethton in the first round of the playoffs, losing the first two games in the best-of-three series.
The Mariners were led by a high-powered offense that ranked in the top two in the league in several categories, including runs scored (2nd, 377), home runs (2nd, 56), RBI (2nd, 333), on-base percentage (2nd, .342), OPS (2nd, .755) and stolen bases (1st, 99).
Pulaski was represented by four players on the Appalachian League Post-Season All-Star team: 3B Ramon Morla, Utility Infielder Jorge Agudelo, Utility Outfielder Jose Rivero and right-handed pitcher Tim Boyce.
Morla was named Pulaski's MVP after batting .323 (81x251) with a league-high 17 home runs and 49 RBI. Morla narrowly missed the leagues Triple Crown, finishing first in homers (17) and 2nd in batting average (.323) and RBI (49). He also ranked amongst the league leaders in runs scored (1st, 60), hits (2nd, 81), slugging (2nd, .610), extra base hits (2nd, 36), total bases (153) and at-bats (4th, 251). His 17 home runs were the most by an Appy Leaguer since Danville's Eric Campbell hit 18 in 2005.
Agudelo, splitting time between second base, third base and the outfield, led the Appalachian League with 24 steals and was 2nd on the team with 41 runs, 16 doubles, 41 RBI, led team with 7 triples and had a .359 on-base percentage.
Rivero hit .295 (56x190) with 7 home runs and 35 RBI. He began the season on a 9-game hitting streak, batting .421 (16x38) with 12 runs, 1 double, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 9 RBI July 8-17 after being transferred from Everett.
Right-hander Tim Boyce led the Appalachian League with 9 wins and had a 2.98 ERA in 13 games (8 starts). He ranked 3rd on the team with 57.1 innings and 1st with 55 strikeouts. He began the season as a reliever, going 4-1, 5.40 ERA (6 ER, 10.0 IP) in 5 appearances, before moving to the rotation and going 5-2, 2.47 ERA (13 ER, 47.1 IP) as a starter.
AZL MARINERS - ARIZONA LEAGUE
The Mariners finished in 4th place in the Arizona League West with a 20-36 record in the first year under manager Jesus Azuaje. The Mariners did not make the playoffs after winning the AZL Championship in 2007 and 2009.
Catcher Ji-Man Choi was named the Arizona League MVP winning the batting title with a .378 (51x135) batting average. Amongst AZL offensive leaders, Choi also ranked 2nd in on-base percentage (.459), 2nd in slugging percentage (.541) and 4th in doubles (15). He recorded at least one hit in 28 of 39 games, including 15 multi-hit games, before being promoted to High Desert. In 50 combined games between the Arizona and California Leagues, Choi hit .360 (64x178) with 16 2B, 3 3B, 2 H, 30 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
INF/OF Jean Acevedo hit .329 (51x155) with 8 doubles, 2 triples and 14 RBI in 40 games after joining the club in early July from the Venezuelan academy. Acevedo recorded a team-high 10-game hitting streak July 17-30 (.439, 18x41).
OF Guillermo Pimentel was 5th in the AZL with 83 total bases (27 1B, 7 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR) and led the team with 6 home runs. He had a strong finish to the season batting .293 (24x82) with a .537 slugging percentage over the final month of the season. He was named the top prospect in the Arizona League by Baseball America.
RHP Seon Gi Kim was T2nd in the league with 6 wins (6-2, 5.14), and also ranked 2nd with 71 strikeouts and 4th with 61.1 innings. LHP Kody Kurowski was T4th with 5 saves. RHP Taijuan Walker, the Mariners first selection (43rd overall), went 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA (1 ER, 7.0 IP) in 4 relief appearances (9 SO, 3 BB). RHP Dylan Unsworth recorded 44 strikeouts and only 1 walk in 50.1 IP (2-5, 3.93).
DSL MARINERS - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE
The DSL Mariners finished the regular season with a 43-28 record, winning the Santo Domingo North Division. The Mariners beat the Mets 2-1 in the first round of the playoffs, and were eliminated in the semifinals by the Giants. The Mariners had a strong finish to the regular season, going 7-3 over the last 10 games to pull away from the 2nd-place Cardinals and win the division by 4.0 games.
The club led all of the Mariners minor league affiliates with a 2.80 ERA. Left-handed starter Henry Perez led the staff as one of the top pitchers in the league. Perez went 7-1 with a 0.86 ERA (7 ER, 76.2 IP), ranking 2nd in the DSL in ERA. Perez went 7-1 in 12 games (11 starts). He led the circuit for fewest baserunners allowed/9.0 IP (7.27), tied for the league lead in complete games (3) and ranked 3rd in WHIP (0.81). Reliever Brandol Perez was equally impressive going 7-0 with 1 save and a 0.19 ERA (1 ER, 48.1 IP) in 11 games (6 starts).
Catcher Rudy van Heydoorn hit .305 with 15 doubles, 7 home runs and 26 RBI in 61 games. He ranked 3rd in the DSL with a .508 slugging percentage, T3rd with 7 home runs and 4th with a .439 on-base percentage. Third baseman Jordy Lara tied for the league lead with 46 RBI and ranked T3rd with 7 home runs.
VSL MARINERS - VENEZUELAN SUMMER LEAGUE
The VSL Mariners finished the regular season with a 45-26 record and advanced to the playoffs by finishing 2nd in the 7-team division. The Mariners lost to the Pirates in the VSL Championship, 2-1.
Vicente Campos was named the league's top right-handed pitcher, going 8-2 with a 3.16 ERA (20 ER, 57.0 IP) in 13 games (12 starts). He led the league in wins (8), ranked 2nd in strikeouts (59) and threw the league's only shutout (6/12 vs. STL). Right-hander Angel Raga ranked 4th in the league with a 2.76 ERA (18 ER, 58.2 IP), 5th in strikeouts (51) and 5th in opponents batting average (.253).
Ivan Ramirez was billed as the top catcher in the league, batting .330 (75x227) with 14 doubles and 29 RBI. Amongst league leaders, Ramirez ranked 5th in batting average and 3rd in hits. Infielder Felipe Burin ranked amongst the league leaders in batting average (4th, .335), on-base percentage (3rd, .465), runs scored (5th, 41) and walks (T1st, 40). Jean Acevedo was limited to 28 games, but hit .304 (28x92) with a team-high 4 home runs and .511 slugging percentage before being promoted to the AZL Mariners.