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Wedge in the morning, and a Mariners lineup

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Sep. 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm with 3 Comments »
September 30, 2012 12:20 pm

The questions tossed at Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge this morning were about his team’s offense, some of the individual players who have struggled in 2012, and the future of the organization.

“It doesn’t show in the numbers, but I see indicators – (Dustin) Ackley getting on top of the ball more – that (Justin) Smoak, Ackley, (Michael) Saunders and (Jesus) Montero are going to be good big-league hitters,” Wedge said.

Wedge said he also likes what he’s seeen of infielder Carlos Triunfel, sees young players trying to take on leadership roles since Ichiro Suzuki departed and that the Mariners will send virtually every player on their roster home with explicit instructions on what to do before spring training.

“It’s not just me, now. These kids recognize what they need to do to compete at this level, what they have to work on,” Wedge said. “But we’ll talk to each of them about what we want, whether it’s to work on fundamentals or physical changes we want.”

Smoak, for instance, was asked to lose weight last year and came in leaner. This fall, he’ll be asked to get stronger.

“Saunders has always  been a complete-player in ability, and this season he’s shown that, whether it’s his stolen bases (23), his home runs (19) or the beginning of a leadership role in the clubhouse,” Wedge said. “He’ll get better because he’s seen what hard work can do.”

Wedge also produced this lineup:

Franklin Gutierrez  CF
Casper Wells  RF
Kyle Seager  3B
Jesus Montero  C
Justin Smoak  1B
Michael Saunders  LF
Miguel Olivo  DH
Carlos Triunfel  2B
Brendan Ryan  SS
Erasmo Ramirez  RHP

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. Sigh…….. we’re still 2-3 years away AT BEST…………

  2. And I’m ok with that Moo, as long as they stick to the plan. That’s how rebuilding works. Teams get themselves into trouble by abandoning a rebuilding plan too early, not letting prospects develop, and wasting dollars in free agency. We have gone that route before. Let’s stick to this one.

  3. Maybe a couple of years away from a division title but having gone from 61 wins to 67 to 73+ the last 3 years I’d expect them to bust .500 next year which puts them in the fringes of the wild card conversation. The offense was better this year but not as good as I hoped. Looking forward to seeing what the winter brings bat-wise.

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