M's announce eligible players
With their focus still very much on their rebuild plan, often referred to as “the stepback,” the Mariners announced their list of the 60 players invited for the resumption of spring training and eligible to play in the truncated 2020 Major League Baseball season.
Mitch Haniger, who is arguably their best player, won’t be ready to participate in Friday’s first workout or the start of the season on July 23-24. Seattle placed Haniger on the 60-day injured list as he is still recovering from multiple offseason surgeries. Haniger can be added to the active roster upon his return, making him still eligible for the 2020 season.
As expected, the Mariners put several of their top young prospects on the list for purpose of continuing their development with the traditional minor-league season expected to be canceled.
Outfielders Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez — the top two positions prospects in the organization — and right-handers Logan Gilbert and George Kirby — Seattle’s top two pitching prospects — also received invites. The Mariners put four draft picks from the recent 2020 MLB draft on the list, led by right-hander Emerson Hancock, the No. 6 overall pick.
With the active rosters set for 30 players in the first two weeks of the season, the Mariners plan to use a six-man rotation — Marco Gonzales, Kendall Gravemen, Yusei Kikuchi, Taijuan Walker, Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn.
Notes: Williamson and Campbell were also high draft picks in the 2019 draft. Due to a heavy college workload, Campbell did not pitch for a Mariners affiliate last season.