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Mariners minor league report, May 3, 2013: Rainiers win in new manager John Stearns debut

Post by Ryan Divish on May 3, 2013 at 9:06 am with 4 Comments »
May 3, 2013 9:14 am

New manager, same result.  The Tacoma Rainiers keep on rolling no matter who is leading them. Carlos Triunfel hit a three run homer (above)  and Eric Thames also homered in manager John Stearns’ debut - an 8-0 win.. 

TNT columnist John McGrath wrote about the changes yesterday as only he can, giving people a little glimpse into who Stearns is …

There are easier tasks than memorizing three different sets of baseball signs in five days, but Stearns is used to the challenges of a here-today, we’ll-clue-you-in-tomorrow occupation.

“I’m a rover,” Stearns said, efficiently describing a career that might be the equivalent of actor Kevin Bacon: If you’ve never run into Stearns – at the plate or on the football field – it’s likely you know somebody who has.

A Denver native, Stearns was a two-sport legend at the University of Colorado: A hard-hitting catcher in the spring, a harder-hitting safety in the fall. His nickname – “Bad Dude” – applied in all seasons.

The Bills took Stearns as their 17th-round draft choice in 1973, a few months before the Phillies made him the second overall selection of the baseball draft, behind star-crossed high school pitcher David Clyde and ahead of Hall-of-Famers Robin Yount and Dave Winfield.

Double A Jackson lost 11-1 as starter Brett Shankin was roughed up.

Jabari Henry hit two homers for Class A Clinton in a win. 

Class A High Desert had just six hits in a 6-2 loss

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  1. JZombie says:

    Zunino seems to be the odd man out with the Rainier’s success behind the plate lately. Is this a sign of struggle for him, or just that he’s got a few adjustments that need to be made?

  2. bbnate420 says:

    Zunino’s getting a heavy dose of breaking pitches right now. Striking out a lot. He’s still slugging well and has a good walk rate, but he’s going to have to show he can hit other pitches. The guy hasn’t even played a full professional season and is in AAA right now. I’d still bank on him being with the M’s to start 2014.

    How much longer until they give Truinfel a shot up here, if Andino and Ryan continue to suck at the plate? Still makes more errors than you’d like, but he has a rocket for an arm and is hitting well. If Franklin had the defensive skills at SS, I think he’s be here right now.

  3. JZombie says:

    Agreed on Triunfel and Franklin. Andino’s goofed a few plays that Ryan would easily make, so if Wedge wants to be non-committal on Ryan being the everyday SS, why not bring up someone to be that guy?

  4. Coach81 says:

    Bringing up Triunfel or Franklin (and not being completely sold on their defensive ability at the big league level-at this point) creates a fairly significant roster issue. Who gets sent down? Andino can play multiple positions so he is your “utility” guy, and probably isn’t going anywhere (although I do agree that he is not someone that should be consistently starting). Ryan is a defensive whiz who can’t hit, but doesn’t play any other positions. You’re not going to carry 3 shortstops. What if you want a late-game defensive replacement for Triunfel/Franklin? If you keep Ryan for that role, who is the utility guy?

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