It is now two weeks until the regular season starts for the Seattle Mariner. I decided that at times I will write about some of the players that will be playing in the minor leagues and begin with Tyler Smith.
The Mariners right now have three guys competing for the utility role for the opening day roster. Incumbent Shawn O’Malley and Taylor Motter who they acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays during the off-season are the two main guys along with Mike Freeman. O’Malley and Motter are the two primary guys since they are on the 40-man roster while Freeman was put on waivers and re-assigned when they traded for pitcher Chase De Jong with the Dodgers however now I see Tyler Smith who has had a good spring training a possible utility player in the future.
Tyler Smith was a eighth round draft pick by the Mariners in 2013 out of Oregon State. When he was drafted by the Mariners he had been a short stop but now has played some at second and third base as well. He has moved up through the minor leagues in the Mariners system at a pretty good rate. Last year he spent the whole season at Tacoma with a decent .268 batting average along with five home runs and thirty-seven runs batted in. He has shown some power during spring training hitting two runs and batting average of .326.
I see him as a player the Mariners brass should keep an eye on especially if his batting average goes up after last season. I am sure he will play again shortstop along with second base and third base at Tacoma. It would be nice to put him in the outfield during the season to see if he can play out there as well. Occasional first base would be a nice option as well since a utility player should get in some action at that position as well since the Mariners don’t have a lot of depth at that position. Outside of Daniel Vogelbach and Danny Valencia on the major league roster the Mariners have D.J. Peterson at Tacoma as well. It would be nice to see one of the outfielders on the Rainiers roster play some first base as well along with one of the catchers.
Anyway back to Tyler Smith I am rooting for him to make his way to the Mariner roster sometime during this coming season or next year. If he is ready for the majors soon and the Mariners don’t have a spot for him it would be good if Dipoto will allow him to be a part of a trade to get back another player. The best of luck to you Tyler Smith. Go M’s.