The Other Guys: 20 Mariners Prospects not in the top 20

Starting next week I’m going to be posting a list of the Mariners top 20 prospects going into 2011. However, the team has some promising, albeit flawed talent that is less publicized (or more publicized in the case of the first guy on the list).

In no particular order, these Mariners prospects could eventually crack the top 20 Mariners prospects. Some may end up near the top with a few good seasons of minor league ball under their belt.

Josh Lueke, RHP, 25 years old

2010 Key Stats (A-AA-AAA): 13.4 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 1.000 WHIP, 0.3 HR/9

Lueke would obviously be high on the list of top prospects if it weren’t for his well-documented off-field issues. Lueke has electric stuff and has shown tremendous command as a reliever, boasting a K/BB ratio over five for his minor league career. However, Lueke seems destined to make his major league debut with another team, and the team’s public dismissal of him has undermined his trade value.

2011 Estimated Level: MLB, on another team

Vincent Catricala, 3B-1B-DH, R/R, 21 years old

2010 Key Stats (A): 41 2B, 17 HR, .302/.386/.488 slash line

Catricala received less ink than teammate, and 2009 1st rounder Nick Franklin, but as a former 10th rounder may have dominated the league at a higher level at age 21.

2011 Estimated Level: AA

Alfredo Morales, CF, L/R, 17 years old

2010 Key Stats (Rk): 17 2Bs, 59 K

Morales’ signing was overshadowed by the signing of Guillermo Pimental, who will make an appearance on the top prospect list, but Morales is 17 years old with a projectable frame.

2011 Estimated Level: Rk

Jean Acevedo, 2B, R/R, 19 years old

2010 Key Stats (FRk-Rk): 270 PA, 38 K, .320/.372/.445 slash line

Good bat, average glove. If Acevedo can’t stick at second his bat will be below average at 3rd. Great strikeout rate, want to see Acevedo’s performance against better competition.

2011 Estimated Level: A- (Aggressive promotion)

Ramon Morla, 3B-UTIL, R/R, 20 years old

2010 Key Stats (Rk): 17 2B, 17 HR, .323/.364/.610 slash line

Morla saw a huge spike in productivity, if it continues into next season he’ll be a prospect to watch. Strikeout rates are high, walk rates are low, so power has to play at every level.

2011 Estimated Level: A

Ji-Man Choi, C-1B, L/R, 19 years old

2010 Key Stats (Rk-A+): 16 2B, .360/.440/.517 slash line in 50 total games

Choi’s lefty bat would play well at catcher if he can stick there. Will he have a language barrier with big league pitchers? Power may not play at first. Successful despite aggressive promotion.

2011 Estimated Level: A+

Anthony Fernandez, LHP, 20 years old

2010 Key Stats (A-): 2.59 ERA, 2.42 FIP, 83.1 IP, 3.83 K/BB

Fernandez has succeeded at every level he’s played at. In his fourth season of pro ball. Success at higher levels could show true talent, or the mirage that is left-handed pitching in the low minors.

2011 Estimated Level: A+

Erasmo Ramirez, RHP, 20 years old

2010 Key Stats (A): 2.97 ERA, 3.44 FIP, 5.57 K/BB, 151.2 IP (!)

Ramirez backed up video-game-esque numbers in the Venezuelan Summer League in Clinton. Short stature may limit potential, but a shorter version of Doug Fister could be Ramirez’s peak.

2011 Estimated Level: AA

Edlando Seco, LHP, 21 years old

2010 Key Stats (A-): 2.48 ERA, 9.5 K/9, 5.6 BB/9, in 69 innings

Reports have Seco boasting at least two pitches. Strikes out a lot of hitters. Walks a lot of hitters. Could be lefty specialist, or starter if his control improves considerably.

2011 Estimated Level: A+

James Gillheeny, LHP, 22 years old

2010 Key Stats (A-A+-AA): 8.6 K/9, 2.54 K/BB, 152 IP

Gillheeny posted odd splits between levels. Both his strikeout and homeruns allowed rates jumped up as his level increased. Ks may not translate in big leagues.

2011 Estimated Level: AA

Mario Martinez, 3B, R/R 20 years old

2010 Key Stats (A): 12 HR, .654 OPS

Martinez looked good in Everett for half of 2009, but hasn’t backed it up in Clinton. Converted Shortstop should improve at third base with more playing time. Strikes out too much, walks too little.

2011 Estimated Level: A

Dennis Raben, 1B-LF, L/L, 22 years old

2010 Key Stats (A-A+): 20 HR, 96 K, 30 BB, 309 AB

Lost all of 2009 to microfracture surgery. Raw power is evident, but did most his damage at hitter-friendly High Desert. Russell Branyan peak. Shouldn’t play left field.

2011 Estimated Level: AA

Kyle Seager, 2B-3B-SS, L/R, 22 years old

2010 Key Stats (A+): .345/.419/.503 slash line, 57 XBH, 71 BB, 94 K

High Desert inflated power numbers, but Seager wasn’t expected to have much power. Versatile infielder who could play utility role in the future. Plate discipline could find him a starting job.

2011 Estimated Level: AAA (Aggressive promotion)

Brian Moran, LHP, 21 years old

2010 Key Stats (A-A+-AA): 10.4 K/9, 1.4 BB/9, 0 HR

Profiles as LOOGY at best with below-average velocity. Moran has yet to give up a homerun in 96 minor league innings. Strikeouts may not play at higher levels, but control should.

2011 Estimated Level: AA

Johan Limonta, 1B, L/L, 26 years old

2010 Key Stats (AA): 41 2B, .302/.377/.481 slash line

In Limonta’s third run at AA he hit 30 doubles for the third straight season. Park factors show West Tenn as being stingy for left-handed home runs. At 26, Limonta’s prospect status is fading rapidly.

2011 Estimated Level: AAA

Carlos Peguero, LF-RF, L/L, 23 years old

2010 Key Stats  (AA): 23 HR, 178 K

Peguero turned a bunch of heads hitting .390 with 9 HR in April, but cooled off rapidly. Strikeouts have increased with power, but power has been inconsistent.

2011 Estimated Level: AA

Maikel Cleto, RHP, 21 years old

2010 Key Stats (A+): 0.9 HR/9, 7.3 K/9, 3.9 BB/9

Production has never met up with stuff, but his 2010 numbers are definitely negatively affected by environment at High Desert. Lowest HR and BB rates since 2008.

2010 Estimated Level: AA

Mike Wilson, RF-LF, B/R 27 years old

2010 Key Stats (AA-AAA): 25 HR, .245 ISO, .897 OPS

Some Mariners fans have been calling for Wilson to play at baseball’s top level for quite some time. He’s hit for power at every level. Prospect status has long since passed though.

2010 Estimated Level: AAA or Free Agency

Steven Baron, C, R/R, 19 years old

2010 Key Stats (A- -A): 107 K, 352 AB, .088 ISO, .568 OPS

If Baron develops into a passable offensive catcher he’ll have a quick ascent to the bigs. Drafted for his defense, but offense is awful right now.

2010 Estimated Level: A+

James Jones, RF, L/L, 21 years old

2010 Key Stats (A): 24 2B, 10 3B, 12 HR, 24 SB, 10 CS, 62 BB, 122 K

Jones is a tremendous athlete with five-tool potential. He fills out his stat line well, and has respectable strikeout rates considering how raw he is.

Estimated 2010 Level: A+