2013 Seattle Mariners Prospect No. 17: Jack Marder

Jack Marder, 2B/C, High Desert Mavericks (A+, average age 22.6 in 2012)

5-11, 185 lbs, 23 years old

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Acquired: 2011 Amateur Draft (16th Round)

2012 Ranking: Unranked

ETA: 2015

Jack Marder has shot up prospect charts after being a virtual unknown coming out of Oregon. Marder was drafted as a catcher, and has been lumped into the catcher category by many, but has played 10 more games at second base than at catcher. His bat has played incredibly in the minors, both seasons of which have been in Adelanto, but he’s posted a .352/.416/.564 slash line. Marder has good strikeout numbers and solid power numbers despite hitting only 12 homeruns in 400 plate appearances at High Desert. He’s got 30 doubles and four triples in the same time. If Marder is able to play catcher he becomes a very valuable utility man at some point, and an excellent complement to any of Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager, Nick Franklin, or Brad Miller at second base, eventually.

Potential (of 40): 24

Probability of Success (of 30): 14

Positional value (of 20): 12

Character (of 10): 10

OVERALL: 60

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  • maqman

    Until they bring him in out of the desert it’s hard to get a true read on his bat. Obviously if he can maintain anything near his Cal League numbers in AA and AAA then the kid has a future. I just wonder why they have left him down there so long.