Chiang off to nice start in Arizona Fall League

Not a banner day for Mariners prospects in the Arizona Fall League opener on Tuesday as the Peoria Javelinas debuted with a 12-9 loss to Salt River, but young outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang did go 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored to get himself off to a nice start.

Chiang is the 23-year-old acquired from Boston in the Erik Bedard trade and the Mariners would love to see him have a nice AFL run after he struggled upon joining Double-A Jackson this summer.

Adam Moore and Nick Franklin, the other two Mariners position players with Peoria, each went hitless in Tuesday’s opener. Franklin started at shortstop and led off for the Javelinas. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored while committing the team’s lone error on a throw.

Moore, on the comeback trail after tearing ligaments in his knee during the first week of the season for the Mariners, went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

The same two teams play again Wednesday night at Salt River as the 38-game schedule gets rolling. If you’re looking for more information on the Arizona Fall League and what it entails, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo filed this story on the league and what top prospects are playing this season.

2 Comments

In one of your articles you listed our players that were playing winter ball. Many of the top “prospects” were there, but I didn’t see Paxson’s name and was wondering why he was sitting this out. It would seem that he could value from competing with these top quality players. Any thoughts why the team gave him a pass?

The Mariners shut Paxson down early last season in Double A rather than push him too far as he came back after nearly two years off, so certainly it wouldn’t make much sense now to throw a bunch of competitive innings over the offseason.

Winter ball is different for starting pitchers than position players, who can gear up and down a lot quicker. For a starter, you’ve go to build them up gradually and stretch out their innings. To do that in the offseason and then try to get Paxson prepared again for next spring and the long season ahead wouldn’t make much sense.

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