Mariners GM Hollander: The prospects who could join M’s next


The rise of the Seattle Mariners has coincided with the rise of homegrown gamers who have joined the group throughout the present entrance workplace’s regime.

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Julio Rodríguez, George Kirby, Cal Raleigh and Logan Gilbert all performed key roles on Seattle’s postseason drought-breaking 2022 squad, displaying that the participant improvement group below president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto and basic supervisor Justin Hollander has turned a nook since a decade in the past when the Mariners struggled to see massive prospects succeed on the MLB stage.

Who would be the next homegrown gamers to join them on the M’s roster? Hollander shared his perception on the return of the Mariners Hot Stove final week on Seattle Sports 710 AM.

Rick Rizzs, who was co-hosting the present with fellow Mariners broadcaster Gary Hill, first requested Hollander a couple of group of proficient pitchers on the cusp of the majors.

“What about an Emerson Hancock, a Bryce Miller, Taylor Dollard? How close are these kids? Because they’re gonna have a great opportunity to show what they can do at spring training,” Rizzs mentioned.

Hollander had a further title he needed to incorporate with that crew.

“They’re really close, and we are very high on all three of those guys that you mentioned,” he mentioned, “(and) I would add Bryan Woo to that mix, as well. (Woo is) our sixth-round pick from a couple years ago who really burst his way onto the scene last year after coming back from Tommy John surgery, which he had had right before we drafted him. Those four guys in particular stand out. They’re pretty close.”

How shut?

“I think you could see them all at some point this year depending on their development and our needs. They’re all a little bit different but I think they have a chance to really make an impact on this team, and that’s something we need to do. We need to cultivate our own pitching, we need to develop it, and that is a strength organizationally that we’ve shown over the years.”

Hollander then spotlighted an space Seattle has loved a whole lot of success in over latest years.

“It’s not just (that) we’ve happened to pick the right guys on draft day or signed them internationally, it’s not just because our pitching programs are developmentally strong,” he mentioned. “It’s the marriage between those two groups, the way they communicate, the way they work together, the synergy between them has really been a strong point for our organization. And I think there’ll be more to come over the years because they do work so well together.”

Now what about place gamers within the Mariners farm system? Hollander’s reply to that query might be a bit farther away from the large leagues than the pitchers he talked about, however he might have a better ceiling than all of them.

“One guy that I think you’ll start seeing really rise up prospect lists is our first-round pick from a couple of years ago, Harry Ford,” Hollander mentioned.

The No. 12 total choose within the 2021 MLB Draft, Ford is a uniquely athletic catcher who hit .274 with 11 house runs, 23 doubles, 4 triples and an .863 OPS for Single-A Modesto in 2022. He additionally stole 23 bases on 28 makes an attempt, and Hollander is particularly inspired by how Ford did following a rocky first two months of the yr.

“It’s hard to be better than Harry Ford was from June 1 on last year in the minor leagues. It’s hard to be a teenage catcher at a full-season affiliate your first year out. It took him a little time to find his footing, and he basically destroyed the league once he got to June 1 and found his footing – .450 on-base or something like that (editor’s note: Ford’s on-base percentage in 75 games from June 1 on last season was .446), there’s as many walks as strikeouts, he steals bases, he’s a good defensive catcher. He brings the whole suite that you’d be looking for on top of being just a crazy athlete.”

Ford is a choose of Hollander’s to show heads in spring coaching as long as he will get the prospect – he’ll be taking part in for Great Britain within the World Baseball Classic.

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“I hope we’ll see him a little bit this spring training,” Hollander mentioned. “He’s going to play for the Great Britain team in the WBC, but if able to or if their time in the WBC tournament ends relatively early, I would expect that he would come join us in major league camp at that point, and I think everyone will get a glimpse of the things that Henry Ford can do. He’s really special.”

Catch the next Mariners Hot Stove stay from 7-9 p.m. this Tuesday, Jan. 17 on Seattle Sports 710 AM. Listen to the total version from final week within the podcasts at this hyperlink or within the gamers under. The dialog with Hollander is in Hour 1.

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