Mariners announce their Minor League rosters
Outfielder Alex Jackson, the Mariners top-ranked prospect by MLB.com and the team’s first-round Draft pick last June, will begin the season with Class-A Clinton, while 2013 first-round pick D.J. Peterson opens the year in Double-A Jackson as the club announced its Minor League rosters on Tuesday.
Jackson, 19, played 23 games in the Arizona Rookie League last year after signing as the sixth overall selection as a high school senior out of San Diego.
Peterson, 23, split last year between High-A High Desert and Jackson and will open this year with the Double-A club. He’s the Mariners’ No. 2 ranked prospect on the MLB.com rankings. Also on the Jackson squad is outfielder Gabby Guerrero (No. 5), the 21-year-old nephew of Vladimir Guerrero. He spent all of last season with High Desert.
The Triple-A Tacoma roster is loaded with top prospects and Major League veterans. Infielder Ketel Marte (No. 3) and infielder/outfielder Patrick Kivlehan (No. 4) will open the season with the Rainiers, both getting bumped up after ending last season with Jackson.
Among the Tacoma players with Major League experience with the Mariners are left-handers Roenis Elias, Lucas Luetge and Joe Saunders, right-handers Dominic Leone and Mark Lowe, outfielders James Jones, Stefen Romero and Franklin Gutierrez and first baseman/DH Jesus Montero.
Catcher John Baker, an eight-year Major League veteran, also will start the year in Tacoma, along with top catching prospect John Hicks.
Left-hander Danny Hultzen, who missed all of last season following shoulder surgery, will open the season on the disabled list as he continues getting work in extended Spring Training in Arizona. The plan for Hultzen is to continue building his arm strength before assigning him to a Minor League club. Veteran lefty reliever Joe Beimel is also pitching extended Spring Training after re-signing with Seattle last week.
The four Mariners full-season Minor League squads – Tacoma, Jackson, Bakersfield and Clinton – open their seasons on Thursday. Bakersfield has replaced High Desert as the Mariners’ High-A affiliate this year. The short-season A Everett squad opens in June, along with the Arizona Rookie League club and Dominican Summer League squad.