The Top 30 Mariners Prospects

An updated list of the Seattle Mariners Top 30 prospects. Check back each month as this list is tweaked and revised based on injuries and player performance.

1. Clint Nageotte, RHP, Tacoma
Has given us no choice but to keep him No. 1.

2. Felix Hernandez, RHP, Inland Empire
Continues dominance as league's youngest player.


(Hernandez, above)

3. Jose Lopez, SS, Tacoma
Should be starting at SAFECO in April, 2005.

4. Travis Blackley, LHP, Tacoma
Struggles can't overshadow big ‘03 and great spring.

5. Shin-Soo Choo, OF, San Antonio
Using all five tools to star in San Antonio.

6. Cha Seung Baek, RHP, Tacoma
Making a case for Top 5 billing.

7. Bobby Livingston, LHP, Inland Empire
Inland ace looking the part.

8. Chris Snelling, OF, Tacoma
Return from injury on hold.

9. Adam Jones, SS, Wisconsin
Solid start has opened eyes.

10. Jamal Strong, OF, Tacoma
Should be starting somewhere in the bigs.

11. Wladimir Balentien, OF, Wisconsin
Puts power swing to test in pitcher's league.


(Balentien, above)

12. Rett Johnson, RHP, Tacoma
Great ‘03 waits for an encore.

13. Luis Oliveros, C, San Antonio
Hot start creates catching depth.

14. Justin Leone, 3B, Tacoma
M's minor league MVP challenged by Triple-A.

15. Rene Rivera, C, Inland Empire
Looks for big season in hitter-friendly league.

16. A.J. Zapp, 1B, Tacoma
Solid start for slick fielding 1B.

17. T.A. Fulmer, RHP, Inland Empire
Could don Black and Gold (AA) sooner than later.


(Fulmer, above)

18. T.J. Bohn, OF, Inland Empire
Broken record syndrome; see Fulmer at No.17.

19. Ismael Castro, 2B, Inland Empire
Needs to pick it up to hold top 20 spot.

20. Troy Cate, LHP, San Antonio
Moving quickly up the charts.

21. Greg Dobbs, 3B, San Antonio
Not yet 100 percent, when he is, hello Top 15.

22. Josh Womack, OF, Wisconsin
San Diego native off to slow start.

23. Greg Jacobs, OF, San Antonio
Rainiers uniform awaits his arrival.

24. Thomas Oldham, LHP, Wisconsin
Southpaw turns up heat in cold Midwest League.

25. Ryan Feierabend, LHP, Wisconsin
Looking to make a name for himself, good start.

26. Bobby Madritsch, LHP, Tacoma
Would be in the rotation of half of MLB.

27. George Sherrill, LHP, Tacoma
Top candidate to break into bigs, nasty relief stuff.

28. Matt Hagen, 3B, Inland Empire
Showing more consistency early on.

29. Jon Nelson, 1B, Inland Empire
Patience is key to success at the plate.

30. Miguel Martinez, LHP, Inland Empire
Filthy arsenal for future closer.


Notables:
SS/3B Juan Gonzalez, IF Matt Rogelstad, 2B/3B Hunter Brown, 2B Oswaldo Navarro, C Cesar Quintero, SS Michael Garciaparra, RHP Michael Moorhead, RHP Emiliano Fruto, LHP Cesar Jimenez, LHP Matt Thornton, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith.

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