Hitting Coach?October 13th, 2012 by terrybenish
Have no idea who, when or if it’s one guy or two…perhaps a new video guy or a guy like Kevin Long of the Yankees that deconstructs the video and teaches the hitters. A guy that has the confidence of future hall of famers, whereas what’s happened here has been so bad that guys have to hire their own instructors.
So below is a link to the Mariner blog with a good write up on the minor league players of the year and then if you have your magnifying glass you can see details about every minor leaguer in the system. It follows the announcement of former Mariner R.A. Dickey as the winner of the Branch Rickey award for non-baseball contributions. That he won 20 games for the hapless Mets is something to mention about him too.
Along with all the ex-Mariners in the playoffs, there are a bunch of ex Mariners on other teams that played well this year such as Dickey.
That said the minor league players of the year are Brandon Maurer, Carter Capps, Stefen Romero and Brad Miller. Capps is here as a 100 mph set up guy.
Brandon Maurer is a fourth year player whose results this year at Jackson eclipsed that of the so called “big three” in terms of his full season of work. 6’5″ his stuff jumped this year and he had a big run after a slow start, fast ball that sits in low to mid 90s with a changeup and both a curve and slider that he can throw for strikes. Check out the writeup on Prospect Insider. He’s a guy that should be a two to a three in the major leagues, somewhere. Four guys at Jackson that will pitch in a major league rotation, five guys in Seattle. Nine guys.
That’s who’s going to get traded, along with somebody from this group, Kyle Seager, Nick Franklin or Dustin Ackley. One of those guys is totally protected due to being a first round pick. The other two play good.
Miller and Romero are special. So’s Franklin for that matter.
When you peruse this group of players along with the talent at the major league level, it is promising, but there are gaps. You don’t see any outfielders beyond Saunders, nor do you see guys that project as guys that should hit three or four on a winning team. If you trade all the pitching away to get some fat guy to hit fourth who is 32 or 33 years old, its not necessarily a smart trade.