Halman promoted to AA

One of the Mariners' most exciting prospects is making the jump to AA West Tenn. What does it mean for the suddenly overflowing Diamond Jaxx outfield?

High Desert center fielder Greg Halman was promoted on Sunday to AA West Tenn, where the 20-year-old becomes the youngest player on the roster.

Halman leads the Mariners system with 19 home runs this season, all with the Mavericks. In 67 games, Halman was batting .268 with 15 doubles, 53 RBI, and 23 stolen bases. He drew 16 walks and struck out 76 times.

Halman is in his fourth professional season. He was a non-drafted free agent who signed with the Mariners in 2004, at the age of 16. He played rookie ball in 2005, then moved up to class A Everett in 2006, where he hit five home runs in 116 at bats.

He started 2007 in Wisconsin but hit just .182 with four homers in 52 games. He was sent back for a second season at Everett, where he began to blossom. In 62 games with the AquaSox last season, Halman blasted 16 home runs and 19 doubles, racking up a .597 slugging percentage and .968 OPS.

It's unclear where Halman will fit into the Jaxx lineup. Equally-prized prospect Michael Saunders is entrenched in center field, and Michael Wilson has 14 homers as the regular right fielder. Brent Johnson has been in left field most of the last month since being sent back from Tacoma, and Jon Nelson is batting .314 as the DH. It's possible that Saunders could be in line for a promotion to Tacoma, or perhaps Johnson will head back to AAA to open up left field for Halman.


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