Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Look At The Newest Mariners: Bawcom, Thames and Landry

Yesterday was a huge day for the Seattle Mariners. After a 4 to 1 win over the Blue Jays we learned that Brandon League was dealt to the LA Dodgers for two minor league prospects and Steve Delabar was traded to the Blue Jays. The Mariners second trade of the month in which a player simply had to go from one dugout to another.

The Dodgers will send Logan Bawcom and Leon Landry to the Mariners for Brandon League and the Blue Jays will send Eric Thames to Seattle in lieu of Steve Delabar. Logan Bawcom will be joining Class AA Jackson Generals. The right handed pitcher has worked himself into a closer role between Single A and Double A ball this year and has been moving up the ladder to being a top prospect in the Dodgers organization. He was 4 and 4 with 20 saves and a 2.03 ERA in 39 relief appearances between A and AA this year. Want a closer look at Logan? You can follow him on Twitter at @LoganBawcom .

Leon Landry is a very athletic outfielder with a great deal of speed and was hitting .328 with eight homers and 51 RBI in 80 A ball. He is projected to be a great defender in the outfield and to be a base stealing threat. You can follow Leon Landry on Twitter at @NeonLeon6 .

Eric Thames was moved from the Blue Jays to the Mariners who are currently playing eachother, but Thames will be coming from the AAA affiliate of the Blue Jays and join the MLB roster for the Seattle Mariners. Thames is a big, powerful dude that the Mariners are looking at being a threat offensively. Thames struggled last year a bit and was sent back to AAA. He came into camp last year as muscular as Popeye and some say that his size affected his swing. He is still a beast, but has dropped down in size a bit. Thames played 46 games in the MLB this year with Toronto and hit .243 with 3 homers and 11 RBI. In AAA he was hitting .330 with a .407 on base percentage. Jack Z is very excited to have Thames as a part of the organization and he is happy to be here. You can find Thames on Twitter as well at @EThames14 .

The Mariners recalled Stephen Pryor back to the team this afternoon along with Carter Capps. Capps is joining the bullpen as a up and coming prospect that has been fast tracking through the minor leagues as he only pitched 1 and a third innings in Tacoma. Pryor recently made his debut and dazzled us all with his 100+ MPH pitching but found himself on the disabled list. Those moves left no other option but to send Carlos Peguero back to Tacoma. Peguero has continued to struggle against major league pitching as he struck out 22 times in just 41 at bats. Hopefully it's not the end of the road for Peguero, but it doesn't look good just yet.

All in a days work! The Mariners hang on to Jason Vargas for now and he will be pitching tonight against the Blue Jays and former Mariner Aaron Laffey. Thames will not be in the lineup tonight due to his travels, but, he was out taking batting practice today and I'm sure he will be available to pinch hit. Maybe he'll come in to face Steve Delabar.

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