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Morning reading: Paxton strong in AFL debut, a plan for the Mariners

Post by Ryan Divish on Oct. 10, 2012 at 10:41 am with 2 Comments »
October 10, 2012 11:13 am

James Paxton got the start for the Peoria Javelinas in their Arizona Fall League opener and the hard-throwing lefty didn’t disappoint, pitching three strong innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five.  Mariners prospects Carson Smith, Bobby LaFromboise and Logan Bawcom also got work in the game. Smith picked up the win in relief. Nick Franklin started at second base and went 1-for-4. Here’s the boxscore.

From the MLB.com story

Paxton, who went 9-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 21 starts for Double-A Jackson, held Surprise to a second-inning single by Red Sox prospect Michael Almanzar and a walk in the third, throwing 29 of 47 pitches for strikes. Fellow Mariners prospects Carson Smith, Logan Bawcom and Bobby LaFromboise combined with Matt Stites and Kevin Quackenbush (Padres) to close out the win.

“I felt really good,” Paxton said. “I felt like I was a little rusty with some of my pitches, especially on the curveball; it wasn’t breaking quite as much as I’m used to. But I felt pretty good for my first time out.”

Paxton fanned three in the first, pitching around an error by Reds shortstop Didi Gregorius. He struck out two more in the second and erased his only walk when he got Cardinals prospect Kolten Wong to bounce into a double play in the third.

“It was big,” Paxton said of the double play. “I think the third baseman [Cody Asche] came across and got it on a hop. He made a nice play and Nick Franklin turned it well at second. It got me out of that inning, so it was big.”

Elsewhere in the Marinersphere ….

Dave Cameron of USS Mariner and Fangraphs posted his annual “Off-season Plan” looking at what he would do with the roster if he were GM. It’s a very smart and well thought out plan. I agree with most of it. And can’t find much fault in his thought process.

I really like the idea of signing Melky Cabrera. Yes, he’s a cheater. But the guy can play a little. Switching hitting outfielders that can hit and play a little defense are never bad. He would also be quite cheap considering his malfeasance.

The A’s stayed alive in the playoffs last night with a win over Detroit. Coco Crisp’s catch was pretty sick.

Like the leaves turning color and the air growing cold at night, another rite of fall is taking place - Alex Rodriguez is struggling in the clutch. It’s so enjoyable.  ….

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  1. bbnate420 says:

    Not surprised about Paxton. He was pitching well at the end of the regular season, and he was just plain dominant in the AA playoffs.

    I think most of Dave Cameron’s plan is pretty reasonable. I’m wary of giving Swisher that many years, he will be 38 in the last year of the deal. Not sure if his production will drop without the Yankees lineup and stadium. He did have very good numbers in Oak, which hardly had a great lineup around him and is not a good hitters park. Hopefully, Cabrera could hide his roids better or just revert to his 2011 numbers if he’s clean. A 2011 Cabrera would be a big upgrade in our OF. I wouldn’t bother with the Villaneuva signing, especially with the team not wanting to spend a lot of money. Beavan or Ramirez is a fine fifth starter, and I would expect either Hultzen or Paxton to come up at some point in 2013.

  2. bbnate420 says:

    I didn’t realize how good Swisher has been offensively. He would definitely be valuable in that he could play 1st, DH, and corner OF as well. Provides insurance if Smoak goes into the tank again.

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