Each Monday, SeattleClubhouse takes a look around the Seattle Mariners system to break down the hot and cold players. The goal is to concentrate on prospects and give the readers a better look around the depth in the system.
Here is this week's Three Up, Three Down:
Carlos Triunfel - Tacoma Rainiers: .438/.471/.688 (14-32), 6 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBI, 1 SB
Triunfel didn't get off to the hottest of starts in his first venture to Triple-A, but in the seven games this week he collected four multi-hit games. In fact, he had 11 hits in his first 12 games and 14 hits (tied for 3rd best in the PCL) in seven games this week. Carlos also only struck out three times, stole his first base, and tallied seven extra base hits.
They barrage of hits now has his line for Tacoma up to a very nice .305/.329/.402 and over the week he raised his OPS .277 points. Also in that time, Triunfel--typically a shortstop--saw his first start at second base.
Danny Carroll - High Desert Mavericks: .417/.588/.875 (10-24), 10 BB, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 3 SB
Carroll certainly did a lot of stat stuffing this week. He ranked 5th in average, tied for 4th in hits, 3rd in OBP and tied for 3rd in homers. The two home runs this week brought his season total to 16, which is impressive considering that his career best was just two heading into last season (when he hit 10). But that number gets a little more interesting when you see that nine of them have been hit away from High Desert.
I'm not suggesting that Carroll is turning into a power hitter, but the presence of more pop and the speed he shows (56 steals for the Mavs this year) make the strikeouts (152 in 561 plate appearances) more palatable for the right-handed hitting outfielder.
John Hicks - Clinton Lumber Kings: .522/.500/.913 (12-23), 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI
Hicks ended this week by seeing his 9-game hitting streak come to an end, but that o-fer didn't ruin his week to say the least. The first year catcher has gained better than 60 points on his average (.241 to .304) and 210 points on his OPS (.546 to .756) over the last 10 games.
Hicks isn't drawing walks (just two in 125 at bats), but he is hitting lefties to the tune of .333/.333/.571 and has only one punch out against them in 24 plate appearances. He has also thrown out 18 of 27 potential base stealers thus far.
Marcus Littlewood - Everett AquaSox: .056/.292/.222 (1-18), 1 HR, 6 BB, 10 SO
With as much as he struggled this week, he got all he could out of his one hit (a home run) and he did still draw six walks, which is something that is really becoming part of Marcus's game (he has now drawn a walk in seven straight games). But since getting his OPS north of .770 for the first time all season, he has struggled to make contact.
The much talked about switch to catcher still hasn't taken place, but Littlewood continues to also struggle with the glove as he made three more errors this week.
Tyler Marlette - Pulaski Mariners: .120/.120/.160 (3-25), 8 SO
Marlette ended the week on a good note, collecting two hits, his first double and his first two pro RBI, but that couldn't prevent him from landing on this list. The 18-year-old has split time at catcher and DH so far for Pulaski but his season numbers aren't reflecting the promise in his talented bat.
.108/.108/.135 and 11 strikeouts in his first 37 pro plate appearances I'm sure is not what Tyler or the M's had in mind for the fifth-rounder, but he is a bat-first type of catcher.
James Gillheeney - Jackson Generals: 10 2/3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 8 BB, 5 SO
Gillheeney has shown strikeout stuff and very good control in his time with the Mariners, but in his two starts this past week, he just couldn't find it. In fact, since moving to Jackson from High Desert, the 3rd year lefty has just 15 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings after striking out 109 in 107 2/3 for the Mavericks.
A 5.91 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and a GO:AO ratio of 0.30 doesn't sound good, but Gillheeney has topped 25 starts and 130 innings for the second time in three seasons with the M's and he still has a lot of promise as a starting option down the road.
All Stats for the week of 8/22 - 8/28