2013 Seattle Mariners Prospect No. 8: Brandon Maurer

Brandon Maurer, RHP, Jackson Generals (AA, average age 23.8 in 2012)

6-5, 200 lbs, 22 years old

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Acquired: 2008 Amateur Draft (23rd Round)

2012 Ranking: Unranked

ETA: 2014

Maurer snuck up on most prospect analysts last year, and I didn’t have him ranked last year either. He’s got a good frame for a pitcher, and has No.3 starter stuff, with a decent fastball, and three viable offspeed pitches. Maurer has been included by the Mariners brass in the “Big Three” as a fourth member. Of the now-Big-Four, Maurer has the lowest ceiling, as Taijuan Walker and James Paxton have ace stuff (though Paxton is more likely to end up as a high-leverage reliever) and Danny Hultzen has No.2 potential with a high probability of reaching his potential. Maurer appears likely to reach his potential at this point, but a lot of that is biased to the momentum he’s currently experiencing. Maurer probably gets some time in Tacoma next year, and though some people saw Andrew Carraway as a viable big leaguer while he was playing in Jackson last year, he came down to earth once he was promoted to Tacoma. Maurer has significantly higher potential than Carraway, but he’ll have to prove he can handle a promotion before I’m willing to move him much higher than this.

Potential (of 40): 30

Probability of Success (of 30): 20

Positional value (of 20): 15

Character (of 10): 10

OVERALL: 75

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