Mariners prospects get their AFL Surprise

A couple of the top prospects in Seattle's system are among the group of minor leaguers the club has announced as heading to the AFL this fall.

The Arizona Fall League announced it's rosters for the 2014 season and Seattle has six players on the Surprise Saguaros roster. The six Seattle players are right-handed pitchers Matt Anderson, Matt Brazis and Stephen Landazuri, catcher John Hicks and infielders Patrick Kivlehan and D.J. Peterson.

Hicks is currently with Triple-A Tacoma, Brazis, Landazuri, Kivlehan and Peterson are with Double-A Jackson and Anderson is with High-A High Desert. All six of those players have played at two levels this season for Seattle. The M's have one more spot reserved for another pitcher, but that player has yet to be officially announced. It's possible that the last spot could end up going to reliever Brandon Maurer from the big league roster, but whoever it is won't be announced until later this fall.

Peterson (104) and Kivlehan (101) are two of three in Seattle's system (Jordy Lara also has 101) -- and two of only seven in affiliated minor league ball -- that have cracked the century mark in RBI so far this season. Hicks has had a nice bounce back from a down 2013 and is hitting .292 in 308 plate appearances across the minors' two highest levels so far this season. Anderson is back in High Desert after being promoted to Jackson to help in their rotation from early-May to early-August. He's pitched exclusively out of the pen since returning to the Mavericks. After a rough start to the season with High Desert, Brazis has a 1.87 ERA over his last 53 innings, walking 16 and striking out 66 in that time (with both High Desert and Jackson). Landazuri has allowed more than four earned runs just twice in 18 starts and has held opposing batters to a .218 average this season.

The Surprise coaching staff also has a Mariners feel to it, as it was previously announced that High Desert pitching coach Andrew Lorraine and Jackson trainer B.J. Downie will be with the team. The rest of the staff and players for the Saguaros are from San Diego, Texas, Boston and Cincinnati.

The 2014 Arizona Fall League season starts on October 7 and runs through November 13. Over that time frame the teams will each play 32 games, with representatives from all six teams combining to play in the Fall Stars game on Saturday, November 1 at Salt River Fields.

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