Today Baseball America finished up their looks at the Top-20 prospects in each stateside league of minor league baseball, and the Seattle Mariners organization was well represented in those reviews, which can be found here. Out of the club’s seven U.S. affiliates, 12 Mariners players took up 15 of the 140 available slots in those Top-20s, with three Seattle prospects being named among the best in two leagues.
Those three were left-hander Danny Hultzen (Southern League and Pacific Coast League), shortstop/second baseman Nick Franklin (also Southern League and Pacific Coast League) and shortstop Brad Miller (California League and Southern League). Hultzen, Franklin and Miller made up 60% of the five players from the Jackson Generals that were represented on the Southern League team where they were joined by left-hander James Paxton -- pitching well in the Arizona Fall League right now -- and right-hander Carter Capps -- who spent the last two months of the 2012 season pitching out of the major league bullpen for Seattle. Absent from that Southern League list is Brandon Maurer, who was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Year and the Mariners organization’s Most Improved Player for 2012. That Jackson assemblage was the largest single representation, with the Everett Aquasox falling just short, placing four on the Northwest League list.
Seattle had at least one player named for each league that they have an affiliate except for the Midwest League, where the Clinton Lumber Kings were shutout despite making the playoffs behind a monster month from Dan Paolini and their pitching staff down the stretch. The complete list is below, broken down by league, and subscribers to Baseball America can also read their full lists for each league complete with scouting at the first link above.
Arizona League (ROOKIE)
Appalachian League (ROOKIE)
Northwest League (SHORT SEASON A)
Midwest League (LOW-A)
California League (HIGH-A)
Southern League (DOUBLE-A)
Pacific Coast League (TRIPLE-A)
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