Each season there are hot prospects that are ranked highly and have big expectations played on them. Some rise to the necessary level and meet those expectations, while others sink under the pressure or simply fall to better competition. Rarely does a player come out of nowhere and surprise the organization by outperforming his status. This week's POTW award winners fall into separate categories - one a big prospect, the other a diamond in the rough.
August 27, 2003
In past seasons the sole purpose of the Seattle Mariners minor league clubs was to simply house the next generation of players for the 25-man major league roster until the current bunch was ready to be traded for younger players and prospects. These days each minor league affiliate has many extremely vital jobs to, beginning with teaching. Perhaps the most important point driven home is how to deal with adversity. That, afterall, is inevitable.
August 20, 2003
Have you ever wondered how the career minor league players keep going? How they still have the drive to play hard everyday at the advanced baseball ages of 27, 28 and even over 30 years of age? After up to 10 or more years of minor league action some ballplayers continue to give it everything they have. Day in. Day out. In this edition of the weekly feature, Mariners' minor league players of the week, the persistence pays off.
August 18, 2003