General manager Jack Zduriencik spent his day going over his farm system with Mariners scouts, coaches and farm director Pedro Grifol, and here are the 10 minor league prospects he added to the Seattle Mariners 40-man roster this afternoon:
- OF Johermyn Chávez
- RHP Maikel Cleto
- LHP César Jiménez
- INF Alex Liddi
- RHP Josh Lueke
- RHP Yoervis Medina
- OF Carlos Peguero
- RHP Michael Pineda
- LHP Mauricio Robles
- RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
That 40-man roster now stands at 39, and the additions give you an idea who the Mariners see developing the soonest on the farm. Some of the names are familiar to Mariners fans – Pineda, Robles and Lueke have gotten their fair share of press the past few months.
If there are surprises, they may be pitchers Jimenez and Wilhemsen, and Zduriencik addressed them in a conference call.
“Wilhelmsen did some very positive things this year,” Zduriencik said of the 26-year-old. “Give him a lot of credit for what he’s done – we valued his talent enough to put him on the roster.”
Wilhemsen, a former Brewers prospect acquired last February, was 7-1 with a 2.19 in 74 innings over 15 minor league starts low in Seattle’s farm system. And Jimenez, a 26-year-old who once was seen as the next situational lefty before injuries and surgery derailed him in 2008?
“The medical reports very good on him. We had high expectations two years ago. He’s had setbacks, but he’s pitched very well in winter ball,” Zduriencik said. ” He fits in the category of young players who will compete for a job this year in spring training.”
Some of the players added to the roster came to Seattle in recent trades and had strong 2010 seasons. Chavez, 21, arrived in the Brandon Morrow trade and batted .315 with 32 home runs in Class A last year. Cleto, 21, was part of Zduriencik’s Franklin Gutierrez trade and, though he’s struggled thus far (4-9, 6.16 ERA last year) remains a prospect.
Liddi is a 22-year-old infield prospect who was the West Tennessee Player of the Year, batting .281 with 15 home runs and 96 RBI as a Class AA third baseman.