2013 Seattle Mariners Prospect No. 11: Vinnie Catricala

Vinnie Catricala, 3B/1B/LF, Tacoma Rainiers (AAA, average age 26.8 in 2012)

6-3, 220 lbs, 24 years old

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Acquired: 2009 Amateur Draft (10th Round)

2012 Ranking: 7th

ETA: 2013

Sometimes prospects make their way up a prospect list without a single bump I the road, and in a lot of cases they’ll hit a bump, and shoot down lists faster than they came up. Some of that occurred this year on my own list, when Phillips Castillo and Guillermo Pimentel barely made this year’s list. Vinnie Catricala took a pretty large jump in 2012, after splitting seasons between High Desert and Jackson in 2011, Catricala spent 122 games in Tacoma last year. His batting average was disappointing, but likely hurt by a low BABIP (.262), and the times I saw him (10-15 games last year) he hit a lot of balls hard, and hit a lot of line drives to gloves. That’s not enough of a sample size to make a determination on Catricala’s future being better than his results, but I saw adequate bat speed and the ability to square a ball up, and both of those remained while Catricala maintained a manageable K% (17.4 percent). Catricala probably doesn’t have a position that he plays well, though if he can play a halfway decent third base on occasion and a respectable left fielder he’s got value to this team. If he has a very good spring he’s an extreme dark horse to make the club out of spring training.

Potential (of 40): 24

Probability of Success (of 30): 24

Positional value (of 20): 10

Character (of 10): 10

OVERALL: 68

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  • maqman

    Cat the Bat looked bad, at least statistically, in Tacoma. Same thing the first half of the AFL, only worse. The second half of the AFL it was like he woke up from a bad dream and he reverted to the guy we had in Jackson. If he picks up where he left off he could force his way onto the big club at some point in the season if somebody goes down or just doesn’t produce.