Kelenic and Trammell reduced strikeouts

Two of the Seattle Mariners’ most interesting outfield prospects have made dramatic strides in Triple-A lately, boosting their chances of success when they get their next major league opportunity.

Jarred Kelenic and Taylor Trammell are both good defensive players with the proverbial “high cap” offensive potential if, and that’s a big if, they can lower their strikeout rates. And it’s clear that in recent Triple-A matches, the two are contacting a lot more.

Jarred Kelenic has struck just once in his last eight games with Tacoma, spanning 35 plate appearances. Looking a little deeper, he has just five strikeouts in his last 68 plate appearances at the Triple-A level. This is in stark contrast to when he first joined the team at the start of the season, after opening the season at the majors, when he struck out 21 times in his first 55 plate appearances for Tacoma.

Taylor Trammell put up similar numbers. He went on a five-game streak without a breath of air last night, when he stoked for the first time in 28 plate appearances. In his last 47 trips to the plate, he has just four strikeouts. In 2021, Trammell had 323 Triple-A plate appearances, knocking out 74 times (22.9%).

These are recent major improvements. Can Kelenic and Trammell continue to make more contacts in Triple-A? Will this carry over to the big leagues, where the throwing is much better, when they next get promoted? It’s something to watch out for.

DAILY RAINIERS

YESTERDAY: The Rainiers took a 2-1 series lead by beating Salt Lake Thursday night, 6-1. Taylor Trammel reached base three times and scored two runs, and Jarred KelenicThe three-run homer in the fifth inning opened the game. starting pitcher Austin Warner went five innings and allowed one run, throwing just 53 pitches. kyle bird, Taylor Williams, Matt Kochand Riley O’Brien each pitched a scoreless relief inning to close it out.

TODAY: Tacoma Rainiers (55-65) at Salt Lake Bees (56-64), 5:35 a.m. (Pacific).

OPPONENT MEMBERSHIP: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

OPPONENT MANAGER: Lou Marson

SEASON SERIES: Salt Lake leads, 14-13.

PITCHERS: HPR Konner Wade (4-5, 5.04) at RHP Cesar Valdez (7-6, 3.82)

Changer artist Valdez ranks second in the PCL with his 3.82 earned run average.

LIST MOVEMENTS: None yet today at the time of blog posting.

HOT HITTER: Eric Mejia hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games… Jarred Kelenic reached base safely in ten straight games, getting at least one hit in nine of them… Mason McCoy has a seven-game hitting streak, 12-for-23 with three homers in seven games, and has six homers in his last 14 games… Taylor Trammel has a six-game hitting streak… Evan White hit safely in four consecutive games.

OPPONENT NEWS: Salt Lake returned from Reno, where the Bees have lost four of six games including the last three in a row… Jake Palomaki has struck safely in nine of its last ten games… Salt Lake has the former Rainiers Dillon Thomas, Jonathan Arouand Brian Moran… native of the Federal Way Junk Janson is always with the bees.

BROADCAST: All games will be stream for free on a live audio stream which is available here.

Unfortunately, there is no traditional terrestrial radio station broadcasting the games at present.

PCL DASHBOARD: Follow all league matches in real time with links to broadcasts and Gameday screens here.

Connections:

  • Many reports out there that the Mariners sign Julio Rodriguez to a long contract extension.
  • Julio and Ichiro share a link, writes Larry Stone.
  • Mitch HanigerThe first-inning three-run homer was all the Ms needed to beat Cleveland yesterday.

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