Mariners Insider

Tag: Tacoma Rainiers


Franklin back to work in Tacoma

It didn’t appear as if Tacoma Rainiers manager Roy Howell has had a chance to sit down with Nick Franklin yet and discuss why he struggled with the Mariners in 17 appearances.

But Howell was direct on the difference between .376-hitting (30 games) Triple-A Franklin and .128-hitting (17 games) Mariners Franklin.

“It’s called the big leagues,” Howell said. “This is the little leagues.”

I didn’t get to talk to Nick Franklin before the Rainiers’ doubleheader today against Albuquerque. I’ll try to get him afterward.

This is Franklin’s first game since his second demotion of the season from the Mariners, and

Read more »


Almonte regaining comfort since demotion from M’s

Abraham Almonte said it wasn’t so much his swing that cost him his place with the Seattle Mariners.  It was his comfort level.

Since his demotion to the Rainiers he has been working to regain the comfort and confidence that helped him hit .314 in 94 games with Tacoma last season before being called up to Seattle in September.

“I think that’s what got me in trouble in the big leagues was just losing confidence and trying to be somebody that is not me,” Almonte said. “As soon as I get comfortable again, and I can trust in what I

Read more »


Rainiers find new manager

The Tacoma Rainiers announced Rich Donnelly will take over as their manager in 2014.

His most recent major-league coaching stint was as third-base coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006-07. This will be his first year in the Mariners organization after spending the past three years in the New York Mets minor league organization.

Donnelly takes over for interim manager John Stearns, who was promoted by new Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon in the offseason to become Seattle’s third-base coach.

Here is the Rainiers release on Donnelly and the rest of the Rainiers’ new staff:

The Tacoma Rainiers today announced

Read more »


Rainiers lose must-win in 13 against Salt Lake

The Tacoma Rainiers still have a chance of making the playoffs.

It’s just an exceptionally improbable one.

That’s because the Rainiers 8-6 loss in a 13-inning bout against Pacific Coast League northern division-leader Salt Lake on Wednesday puts Tacoma four games back of the Bees with five games left.

But this might as well have been the Rainiers season-finale, considering how inconceivable their postseason probability became.

It took five hours and seven minutes to end the 13-inning contest Wednesday (actually, Thursday by the time it was over). The teams combined to use 13 pitchers – the game-winning one, Bees reliever

Read more »


Mariners minor league report, August 27, 2013: Proscia blasts three homers in a game

The Tacoma Rainiers haven’t given up on their postseason hopes. On Monday night, they roughed up Tommy Hanson and picked up an 11-5 win to trim Bees lead in the PCL North Division. Ji-Man Choi, who was recently called up from Double A, hit his first home run (above).

Mike Zunino will join the Rainiers tonight on a rehab assignment. He’s scheduled to catch five innings. Mike Curto has the dirt in his blog. 

Double A

Read more »


Abraham Almonte an electric option for Rainiers


The Tacoma Rainiers start Hector Noesi (3-2, 6-75 ERA) in the fourth of five games in this home series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

With both Scott Savastano (torso strain) and Rich Poythress (left knee) going to the disabled list, the Rainiers post an even further depleted lineup. The most recognizable names in for tonight’s game are Carlos Peguero in right and Carlos Triunfel at shortstop.

But there is another you should get to know – Abraham Almonte.

Almonte started the season in Double-A Jackson, but since then has been one of the most stable players on the

Read more »


Mariners minor league report, August 18, 2013: Peguero blasts a walk-off grand slam

Carlos Peguero gave the Rainiers a win in walk-off fashion as only he can – blasting a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-3 win. 

Mike Curto has some game notes on his daily blog post.  Curto also had his weekly minor league notebook in our paper with notes on former Mariner Ryan Feierabend and Patrick Kivlehan.

Double A Jackson couldn’t complete a series sweep over Montgomery, falling 8-2.  Generals’ radio play-by-play man Chris Harris has a breakdown of a getaway

Read more »


Mariners minor league report, August 16, 2013: Rain slows Walker, Ard with a walk-off hit

The only thing that could slow down Taijuan Walker last night was the rain the Rainiers were forced to play through in a 5-3 loss to Round Rock. Before the conditions got sloppy, Walker was his usual dominant self.

Walker allowed just two hits and struck out eight (above) during the first five innings before conditions went to hell. here’s some more video of Walker striking out Engel Beltre, taken by Jason Cole of Baseball Prospectus

Walker has now thrown 130 innings on the season. He

Read more »