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Mariners send Delabar down, bring Pryor up?

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm with 5 Comments »
May 30, 2012 9:32 pm

No sooner had the Seattle Mariners beaten the Texas Rangers tonight, 21-8, did the team make a roster move in its bullpen – optioning right-hander Steve Delabar to Tacoma.

While no corresponding move was made tonight, it appears likely that right-hander Stephen Pryor will join the Mariners Friday night in Chicago when they open a three-game series there.

Pryor, 22, began 2012 in Class AA, where he was 1-0 with seven saves and a 1.13 earned run average in 11 appearances. Promoted to Class AAA, Pryor has appeared in nine games, and pitched 12 innings without allowin a run while going 2-for-2 in save opportunities.

Delabar, 28, has appared in 25 games for Seattle this year, going 1-1 with a 5.18  ERA and seven home runs allowed in 24 1/3 innings.

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  1. timeout says:

    Delabar needs to work on getting his breaking ball over–this is a good move.

    If Pryor’s the guy, does anyone here expect him to close right off the bat? I don’t…but then I didn’t expect Ackley to play second in the bigs for long either. (I still expect to see him in left one of these days; but not likely this year.)

  2. Timeout-I expect to see Pryor in the 7th inning for his first dozen or so outings, to let him get his feet wet and see how he does. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. It most likely depends on whether or not League can start throwing more strikes (and if he does, see if a trade market develops) and what their long-term vision is for Wilhelmsen.

    As for Ackley at 2B…there was a time I had similar thoughts, but that sweet turn he made last night on that DP with the runner coming in hard made it clear to me that 2B is where he is going to be for the long haul.

  3. wabubba67 says:

    Coach81,

    Would love to share a dugout with you sometime and hem/haw over the future of our players. We seem to often see things the same way.

  4. timeout says:

    Coach81, those turns at second are the very reason I expect to see Ackley in left…depending on the development of the minor leaguers. Guys get taken out at second. Behind catching, I’d say it’s the most physically precarious position on the field. (Pitcher’s arms are a different matter.

    I know the value argument. I just look at Chase Utley and all his physical problems, and I worry about Ackley. Plus, I played a little second as a kid; never liked those spikes-up slides.

  5. Wabubba-Agreed.

    Timeout-2B may be physically precarious on occasion, but not if a 2B understands how to clear the bag on the turn. See: Bret Boone.

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