Here’s the final 40 contenders in camp

With the Mariners having their first off day of the spring today, it’s a good time to take a look at who all is left in camp competing for the final 25 roster berths.

I have a story today on the shortstop battle between Nick Franklin and Brad Miller, which you can read here. But that’s not the only question still remaining. Here’s who all is left fighting for jobs with two weeks to go before Opening Day:

Starting pitchers (will keep five): Right-handers Scott Baker (*), Blake Beavan, Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Brandon Maurer, Erasmo Ramirez and Taijuan Walker. Left-handers Roenis Elias (*), James Paxton and Randy Wolf (*).

Relievers (will likely keep seven): Right-handers Danny Farquhar, Dominic Leone (*), Yoervis Medina, Zach Miner (*), Hector Noesi, Stephen Pryor, Ramon Ramirez (*), Fernando Rodney, Carson Smith (*), Tom Wilhelmsen. Left-handers Joe Beimel ((*), Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge

Catchers (will likely keep two): John Buck, Humberto Quintero (*), Mike Zunino.

Infielders (will likely keep five or six): Willie Bloomquist, Robinson Cano, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak.

Outfielders (will likely keep five or six): Dustin Ackley, Abraham Almonte, Endy Chavez (*), Cole Gillespie (*), Corey Hart, Stefen Romero, Michael Saunders.

*-denotes non-roster player who would need to be added to the 40-man roster.


I think it is possible to retain both Miller and Franklin on the team. Bloomquist has played in the OF before, so he could be a sub there as well as the IF. The OF crew still looks a little thin to me and also it might be that a position player that is under contract (Hart, LoMo, etc.) starts the season on the DL. I say platoon and sub late in games the first few weeks of the season and see which SS really gets it going and move the other guy to AAA if needed. I just remember last season with all the injuries and such to catchers…

I’m curious about Tyler Smith’s (short stop, out field) status on the team. He hit a
home run in the game against the Angels @ Tempe Diablo this weekend. He is
not on the 40 man posted 3/17/Mon. I know he was with Patukit (VA) low A ball
last season. Wouldn’t he be playing with the Mariner Minor League teams on the
practice fields?

Yes, he is one of a group of Minor League players who have been called up at various times to fill out the roster in Major League games this spring. He’s done well with his limited opportunities I a few late-inning situations in some Cactus League games, but he’s in Minor League camp working there every day and was never part of the Major League camp this spring.

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