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Right-handed pitchers Yoervis Medina and Blake Beavan were sent to the Minor League camp this morning, reducing the Mariners roster to 56 players.
Medina was optioned to Class A High Desert. Beavan, who is not on the 40-man roster, was re-assigned to the Minor League camp without a specific club destination.
Beavan, 22, pitched well in his first Cactus League start on Saturday, but is likely destined for Tacoma, where he finished up last season after being acquired in the Cliff Lee deal.
He was 1-0 with a 6.43 ERA in seven innings over three games this spring.
Medina, 22, pitched primarily for Class A Everett and Clinton last season. He’s thrown in just one inning of Cactus League action, giving up three hits and two runs.
Yup, everybody pays attention when Felix Hernandez takes the mound, as he did for the first time this spring on Thursday with some almost-live batting practice.
Among the most attentive Thursday were the guys pictured above — Dustin Ackley, Brendan Ryan and Chone Figgins — since they were waiting their turns to get in the batter’s box.
But as good as Felix looked — and he looked as sharp as you’d possibly expect at this juncture — it was impossible to get a true read since batters were instructed to only track his pitches with their eyes and not swing away on this first outing.
You can read my full story on Felix’s thoughts about his first step back on the mound since last season, as well as his upcoming schedule by clicking here. He told me the plans call for him to throw an actual live batting practice session Saturday.
Here’s a shot I got of him throwing today.
Tomorrow brings the intrasquad game at 1 p.m. (MT). It’ll be five innings on Field 1 at the Mariners facility and Eric Wedge said he’s going to try to get all his position players at least one at-bat and an inning or two of work.
Michael Pineda and Blake Beavan are the starting pitchers, which doesn’t mean a whole lot, but will be fun to see two of the big 22-year-old hosses in camp. We’ve talked a lot about Pineda, but I wrote this story today on Beavan, one of the players obtained in the Cliff Lee deal.
Interesting kid who throws a lot harder than I’d been led to believe, with excellent command. Could turn into a nice rotation piece down the road.
The big news today was Franklin Gutierrez’s absence as he flew back to Seattle to have his stomach problems checked out. Don’t expect that to be a huge issue, more of a precaution at this point, but definitely something they want to clear up after he lost weight during last season and struggled in the second half because he wasn’t able to eat well.
We should learn more about that tomorrow when Gutierrez is expected to return. You can get the news on that on Mariners.com and here on my blog, or follow me on Twitter at @GregJohnsMLB.
Two young prospects, catcher Steven Baron and right-handed pitcher Blake Beavan, have been invited to the Mariners’ Major League Spring Training.
The two youngsters are not on the 40-man roster, but will join the 15 other non-roster invitees when camp opens next month in Peoria, Ariz.
Baron, 20, will be participating in his second Major League camp. A supplemental first-round Draft pick in ’09 (33rd overall), he split last season between Clinton and Everett, the Mariners’ Class-A and short-season A clubs.
He was named a Northwest League All-Star after hitting .253 with three home runs and 22 RBIs for the AquaSox and also hit .300 in five playoff games to help Everett to the NWL championship.
The Miami native threw out 63 of 138 attempted base stealers last year, a combined 45.6 percent with his two clubs to lead the Minors in caught-stealing percentage.
Beavan, 22, was acquired from Texas as part of the Cliff Lee trade on July 9. The 6-foot-7 Texas native combined to go 14-8 with a 3.90 ERA in 27 starts with Frisco (AA), West Tenn (AA) and Tacoma (AAA).
Beavan was a first-round Draft pick by the Rangers (17th overall) in ’07