Athens Update

An update on how the M's prospects have performed in the Athens Games. Two Aussie southpaws, an infielder representing the Chinese Taipei, and Team Netherlands' own Wladimir Balentien are in Greece experiencing the 2004 Olympics.



Athens has been a dream to the four Seattle Mariner prospects that sailed for Greece to represent their countries in the 2004 Summer Games. The four being pitchers Craig Anderson (Triple-A Tacoma), and Ryan Rowland-Smith (Advanced-A Inland Empire), outfielder Wladimir Balentien (Intermediate-A Wisconsin), and infielder Yung-Chi Chen (Short-season-A Everett).

Through the entire preliminary rounds, the numbers don't look great for the quartet. Here are the individual statistics for the foursome.

Craig Anderson, LHP, Australia
2G/1GS, 0-1, 5.79ERA, 9.1IP, 11H, 6ER, 1BB, 5K


Ryan Rowland-Smith, LHP, Australia
3G/0GS, 1-0, 2.08ERA, 4.1IP, 4H, 1ER, 4BB, 3K


Wladimir Balentien, OF, Netherlands
.133 (2-15), HR, 2RBI, 1BB, 6K


Yung-Chi Chen, 3B, Chinese Taipei
.208, (5-24), 2B, 5R, 3BB, 4K, 2-SB


Heading into the semi-finals on Tuesday, Japan (6-1) will face Australia (4-3), who gave the Japanese their only loss of the tournament. Canada (5-2) will face Cuba (6-1). Chinese Taipei did not reach the semi-finals, winning just two of seven games in the preliminary rounds.


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