Mariner Prospect Continues To Rise

Chris Jakubauskas is the latest Mariners prospect to emerge from the independent leagues.

After spending more than four seasons playing in various independent leagues, 29-year-old pitcher Chris Jakubauskas has all the makings of turning into the next diamond-in-the-rough to emerge from the Mariners system.

The 2006 Golden League Pitcher of the Year, Jakubauskas was 6-0 with a 2.42 ERA with Lincoln of the American Association in 2007 when the Mariners purchased his contract and sent him to AA West Tenn. While he struggled somewhat to adjust initially, Jakubauskas finished the year with a 4.94 ERA in 51 AA innings. However, he did strike out 39 batters and allowed just three home runs.

In 2008, Jakubauskas has been one of the top pitchers in the entire organization, dominating AA to the tune of a 0.83 ERA in six starts (3 ER in 32 2/3 innings), earning him a promotion today to AAA Tacoma.

The University of Oklahoma alum makes his AAA debut tonight in Des Moines opposite Iowa starter and major-league veteran Rich Hill.

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