In 2022, Cade Marlowe had an extremely hot second half of the season at Double-A. From July 1 through September 13, he slashed .348/.439/.567 with 12 doubles and 10 home runs. This earned him a promotion to Triple-A Tacoma for the final weeks of the minor league season.
After that, he found himself on the brink of the big leagues. He traveled with the Seattle Mariners to Toronto for their American League Wild Card Series. He was brought in in case the club needed another outfielder because Jesse Winker and Sam Haggerty were injured. Had Marlowe been activated for that series, he would have made his major league debut in the playoffs, something only five players have done in baseball history.
Marlowe did not make his debut and began this season with Triple-A Tacoma. He had been struggling for a while and through his first 45 games he was slashing .224/.286/.383 with just four home runs. However, he has been hitting at a much higher rate of late.
In his last 11 games, the Georgia native is hitting .348/.444/.696 with three doubles and three home runs. This is a much better line compared to his previous numbers, and in the last five games he’s had an even hotter streak. He’s hitting .500, going 10-for-20 and walking more than he’s struck out, and posting a slash line of .500/.600/1.100. If Marlowe can keep up this hot streak, then he could find himself on his way to Seattle.
Cade Marlowe has 16 for his last 44 (7 BB), with 8 XBH (3 HR, 2 3-pointers). He has reached base in 11 straight games. #SeaUsRise https://t.co/clF4IohnvT
—Paul Braverman (@PaulBraverman) June 30, 2023
Modesto Nuts (A) – California League
|4||Miguel Arroyo||H.H||.377/.472/.656, 2 HR, 11.1% BB, 12.5% K|
|5||young cole||H.H||.268/.400/.430, 4 HR, 14.5% BB, 13.6% K|
|9||gabriel gonzalez||OF||.348/.398/.496, 5HR 6.6%BB, 14.9%K|
|18||miguel morales||RHP||13 SG, 67.1 IP, 4.14 ERA, 23.9% K, 9.0% BB|
|28||Tyler Gough||RHP||9 G, 8 GS, 28 IP, 6.11 ERA, 17.7% K, 11.3% BB|
|35||Milkar Perez||3B||.270/.388/.352, 14.2% BB, 25.4% K|
|36||josh hood||SS/3B||.257/.333/.405, 5 HR, 10.4% BB, 21.3% K|
Everett AquaSox (A+) — Northwest League
|1||harry ford||C.||.253/.405/.418, 8 HR, 17.7% BB, 19% K|
|8||Axel Sanchez||H.H||.200/.311/.333, 4 HR, 10.5% BB, 30.1% K|
|13||tyler locklear||3B||.311/.419/.572, 11 HR, 12.4% BB, 22.1% K|
|25||Hogan Windish||2B||.258/.368/.448, 7 HR, 12.4% BB, 32.1% K|
|29||alberto rodriguez||OF||.300/.387/.571, 10 HR, 9.9% BB, 21.9% K|
|38||walk cabrera||OF||.238/.298/.431, 7 HR, 8.3% BB, 32% K|
Arkansas Travelers (AA) – Texas League
|6||bryan woo||RHP||9 SG, 44 IP, 2.05 ERA, 34.3% K, 7% BB|
|7||emerson hancock||RHP||14 SG, 65.1 IP, 4.68 ERA, 26.5% K, 10.8% BB|
|12||Prelander Berroa||RHP||19 G, 5 GS, 40 IP, 3.38 ERA, 36% K, 17.4% BB|
|14||Jonathan Class||OF||.250/.365/.519, 16 HR, 14.6% BB, 31.1% K|
|twenty-one||Roberto Perez Jr.||1 B||.258/.325/.453, 9 HR, 6.3% BB, 30.6% K|
|22||Isaiah Campbell||RHP||21 G, 22 IP, 2.86 ERA, 27.3% K, 8% BB|
|26||john mercedes||RHP||13 G, 12 GS, 61.1 IP, 5.28 ERA, 24% K, 7.5% BB|
|33||travis kuhn||RHP||25 G, 28 IP, 2.89 ERA, 21.6% K, 11.2% BB|
|Four. Five||spencer packard||OF||.240/.370/.385, 6 HR, 15.2% BB, 17.1% K|
Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) – Pacific Coast League
|fifteen||taylor dollar||RHP||3 SG, 8.1 IP, 7.56 ERA, 22.2 K%, 8.3% BB|
|19||John then||RHP||14 G, 17.1 IP, 11.42 ERA, 18.3% K, 10.8% BB|
|twenty||cade marlowe||OF||.249/.319/.445, 7 HR, 8.9% BB, 26.5% K|
|24||Zach DeLoach||OF||.293/.403/.455, 9 HR, 14.2% BB, 28.3% K|
One of the ways the Mariners organization has been successful in the draft is to get the most out of college pitchers. They’ve taken first-round college starters and turned them into major league rotation staples in George Kirby and Logan Gilbert. The club also took Bryan Woo and Bryce Miller in the sixth and fourth round respectively and put them in its major league rotation. If the organization decides to target college pitchers after the first round, Wake Forest’s Seth Keener is drawing attention as a “solid second-day prospect.”
Joe Doyle of the Future Stars Series likes this Wake Forest right-hander and has him ranked as his 78th pick in the draft. Keener started just 8 games for the Demon Deacons in 2023, but that was partly because the team had a loaded pitching staff. They only had 5 pitchers start multiple games in 2023 and three of the four, other than Keener, are ranked higher than him in Doyle’s 2023 draft rankings with one of them ranking 20th in the top 200 college prospects for Doyles 2024. So it’s possible that if Keener was on a different team, he would have had more opportunities to start.
Regardless, in his 70.1 innings pitched for Wake Forest, Keener had a 2.69 ERA with 94 strikeouts and 20 walks. Doyle had this to say about the 6-foot-2 right-hander: “He can rev it up to 95, resting in the low 90s with elite-level extension and tricky qualities in some of the stuff about him. Keener will combine it with four pitches, leaning into the four-seam, inducing the swing and mostly missing with a sweeping breaking ball in the low 80s. Keener checks a lot of metric boxes with great spin speeds, the aforementioned elite spread and athleticism numbers, as well as budding speed.”
— PG College Baseball (@PGCollegeBall) June 3, 2023
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Curtis Christianson is the Athletic Director of Concordia Christian Academy. He also works at the Tacoma Rainiers clubhouse during baseball season.