Top Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic will play for the Tacoma Rainiers to kick off the 2021 season. (Getty)
The players who represent the future of the Mariners now officially have their new homes as the organization has set their minor league squads for the start of the 2021 season.
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Seattle, which has one of the best farming systems in the entire MLB, has plenty of talent in the four minor league levels announced on Friday.
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Kelenic, Gilbert headline Tacoma Squad
Outfielder Jarred Kelenic, MLB Pipelines number 4 in baseball, will not be far from his future home ground in Seattle as he will play on the outfield for the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners’ Triple-A daughter.
(Note that all prospect rankings are from MLB Pipeline. MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospect list is here, and Pipeline’s top 30 list for the Mariners is here.)
Kelenic, a sweet swinging left-hander with five tools, cut .290 / .364 / .540 in 117 games between Single-A, High-A and Double-A in 2019. He hit 23 home runs and stole 20 bases.
We have waited a long … long time for this.
R 2021 opening plan ? # ThisIsRCity #SeaUsRise pic.twitter.com/KLAwsJpRPt
– Tacoma Rainiers (@RainiersLand) April 30, 2021
To Kelenic, the Mariners’ top prospect, there are two other top prospects from Seattle who, with right-hander Logan Gilbert and catcher Cal Raleigh, come very close to the MLB level.
Gilbert, the Mariners’ 2018 first round pick, is number 4 in Seattle and number 29 in baseball. He went 10-5 with a 2.13 ERA in 26 starts between Single-A, High-A and Double-A in 2019 and had 165 strikeouts to 33 walks in 135 innings.
Raleigh, a 2018 third round election, is number 8 in Seattle. He’s a stunning catcher who completed 29 home races in 121 games between High-A and Double-A in 2019.
The Rainiers will play at Tacomas Cheney Field on May 6th.
Rodríguez and Guns lead Everett’s squad
After many years as the Mariners’ Low-A subsidiary in the short season, Everett AquaSox will have a longer schedule as Seattle’s new High-A subsidiary in 2021. You’re starting out great too, with nine of the top 20 Mariners prospects making up the roster.
The headliner is outfielder Julio Rodríguez, Seattle’s number 2 and number 5 in all of baseball. Rodríguez only played 84 games in 2019, but made a big impression and cut between Single-A and High-A .326 / .390 / .540 with 12 home runs and 69 RBIs.
Rodríguez includes 2020 second round outfielder Zach DeLoach (# 13) and third baseman Austin Shenton (# 19).
While Rodríguez is the headliner, the AquaSox really boast of arms. Everett has several great potential pitchers on the agenda, including Emerson Hancock from the 2020 first round, the Mariners Prospectus # 3 and Prospectus # 27 in MLB, and George Kirby from the 2019 first round the 82nd prospect in baseball.
Brandon Williamson (No. 10) and Isaiah Campbell (No. 12) as well as Juan Then, Seattle’s No. 9 prospect, are there. Levi Stoudt, the Mariners’ No. 14 prospect, is also on the AquaSox list.
All of the pitchers listed above except Williamson are right-handed.
The AquaSox start the game on May 4th and their home opening game is May 11th.
Full rosters for Arkansas and Modesto
The full MILB rosters for the Mariners’ Single-A, High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A partners can be found in the embedded tweet below.
Notably, Mariners number 7 Noelvi Marte will be playing full-time in the US for the first time this year, starting with Single-A Modesto. The young shortstop is No. 95 from MLB Pipeline.
Ready to go. @MiLB is back! #SeaUsRise pic.twitter.com/Zf0q1oFyCN
– Mariners Player Development (@MsPlayerDev) April 30, 2021
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