Baseball America has released its annual top 100 prospects in baseball list. And the Mariners placed four players in the list – outfielder Greg Halman (57th), outfielder Michael Saunders (65th)(pictured above), shortstop Carlos Triunfel (89th) and pitcher Phillippe Aumont (93rd).
Their top prospect is Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters with Tampa Bay lefty David Price No. 2. And just to note, right-hander Chris Tillman, who the Mariners gave up in the Erik Bedard trade, is ranked No. 22.
Here’s the complete list.
To some it may seem a little odd to see Halman and Saunders ahead of Triunfel, who many people consider to be the top prospect in the organization. But remember these lists are based on a person’s opinion and projection. ESPN’s Keith Law had Triunfel at No. 22 and Halman at No. 98 in his top 100 list with Aumont and right-hander Juan Ramirez just missing the top 10. Baseball Prospectus also released a top 100 list earlier and has Halman at No. 42, Aumont at No. 61, Saunders at No. 75 and Triunfel not in the top 100.
Not on any of the lists was catcher Adam Moore, who most of the Mariners organization was raving about earlier this season.
Halman, Saunders and Moore will most likely all start the season off at Triple A Tacoma, and may get late seasons call ups, but really are a year or two away from being big league ready. Triunfel will probably head to Double A West Tennessee and Aumont, who recently said he plans to throw for Canada in the WBC after saying he wasn’t going to a month ago, will be with one of the Class A squads.