One of the 2022 Seattle Mariners’ international free agent signings was Colombian infielder Michael Arroyo. He is a 5-foot-8 middle infielder who is still only 18 years old. Arroyo spent last season in the Dominican Summer League, where he played in 50 games and had just under 200 plate appearances. He would slash .314/.457/.484 with 16 extra-base hits, 4 of which were home runs.
He didn’t play in any official games this year until the Arizona Complex League started, and he wasn’t in the ACL for long. The young right infielder only played in four games at the Complex level before being promoted to Low-A Modesto. He’s already impressed, hitting two doubles and a triple in three games with the Nuts.
MLB Pipeline said: “Some in the organization believe Arroyo is the right-handed version of Cole Young.” If Arroyo can continue to hit at a high level, he could move up the prospect ranks. Although he is only a seven-game sampler so far, reaching full-season ball at 18 years old holds promise.
Modesto Nuts (A) – California League
|4||Miguel Arroyo||H.H||.458/.536/.750, HR, 7.1% BB, 3.6% K|
|5||young cole||H.H||.274/.409/.434, 3 HR, 14.9% BB, 13.9% K|
|9||gabriel gonzalez||OF||.333/.392/.488, 4HR 7.2%BB, 15.2%K|
|18||miguel morales||RHP||11 SG, 55.1 IP, 4.23 ERA, 24% K, 9.1% BB|
|28||Tyler Gough||RHP||9 G, 8 GS, 28 IP, 6.11 ERA, 17.7% K, 11.3% BB|
|35||Milkar Perez||3B||.260/.392/.344, 15.5% BB, 25.3% K|
|36||josh hood||SS/3B||.261/.339/.406, 4 HR, 10.7% BB, 21% K|
Everett AquaSox (A+) — Northwest League
|1||harry ford||C.||.252/.416/.422, 8 HR, 19.5% BB, 19.5% K|
|8||Axel Sanchez||H.H||.200/.300/.307, 2HR, 10%BB, 30%K|
|13||tyler locklear||3B||.311/.419/.572, 11 HR, 12.4% BB, 22.1% K|
|25||Hogan Windish||2B||.237/.359/.458, 6 HR, 12.7% BB, 31% K|
|29||alberto rodriguez||OF||.301/.385/.586, 10 HR, 9.5% BB, 23.3% 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||12 SG, 52.1 IP, 4.99 ERA, 27.6% K, 12.7% BB|
|12||Prelander Berroa||RHP||15 G, 5 GS, 35 IP, 3.86 ERA, 35.9% K, 19.2% BB|
|14||Jonathan Class||OF||.262/.376/.569, 16 HR, 14.5% BB, 30.5% K|
|twenty-one||Roberto Perez Jr.||1 B||.260/.325/.457, 9 HR, 6.4% BB, 30.5% K|
|22||Isaiah Campbell||RHP||17 G, 18 IP, 3.50 ERA, 25.7% K, 5.4% BB|
|26||john mercedes||RHP||12 G, 11 GS, 57 IP, 5.05 ERA, 23.7% K, 7.4% BB|
|33||travis kuhn||RHP||21 G, 24 IP, 3.00 ERA, 19% K, 12% BB|
|Four. Five||spencer packard||OF||.249/.387/.408, 6 HR, 16% BB, 19.3% 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||10 G, 13.2 IP, 7.90 ERA, 23.5% K, 10.3% BB|
|twenty||cade marlowe||OF||.224/.286/.383, 4 HR, 7.4% BB, 29.1% K|
|24||Zach DeLoach||OF||.300/.412/.436, 5 HR, 15.% BB, 28.1% K|
The MLB draft is getting closer and the Mariners will have some very interesting picks to make with the 22nd, 29th and 30th overall picks. One thing we’ve seen the Mariners target in recent drafts is athletics. We saw Seattle take Harry Ford, a receiver known for his athleticism, as well as young shortstops Edwin Arroyo and Cole Young. If the Mariners want to go with another athletic shortstop, they could go with Nebraska shortstop Brice Matthews.
Matthews is a 6-foot, 190-pound shortstop who is a high-level athlete. He was a star quarterback in high school, and Joe Doyle of the Future Stars Series notes that, “Matthews offers a very athletic, edgy frame up the middle with elite footwork, the ability to move laterally, and of course , the strength of the arm to do the whole throw.” His athleticism allows him to make a lot of plays at shortstop and could keep him in the middle going forward.
The Houston native isn’t an elite offensive prospect, but according to Doyle, his “bat speed stands out instantly with strong hands and bat control that allows him to utilize the entire field. Advanced composition, elite strength and elite defensive actions give Matthews a solid ceiling, but he’s going to have to slow down his swing and miss his game if he wants to survive in professional baseball.” Doyle ranks Matthews as his 30th best prospect right now due to helium from him recently.
No one has flown MLB Draft Boards faster than Brice Matthews 📈 pic.twitter.com/4PcfOR7ygl
— 11Point7: The college baseball podcast 🎙 (@11point7) May 10, 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.