Mariners rotation set, and it includes rookie Brandon Maurer

Before spring training started, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said his team wouldn’t rush any of their young pitching prospects to the Major Leagues, but that Seattle also wouldn’t deny its young pitchers a chance to win a job a spring training.

And when the Mariners open their season next week, they will do so with a rookie in their rotation, because Brandon Maurer was impressive enough this spring to earn the No. 4 spot in Seattle’s rotation. Maurer, a 23rd-round pick out of high school in 2008, has emerged as perhaps the biggest surprise of Spring Training for the Mariners (though you could argue that the Mariners ability to actually score runs is a bigger story). Maurer, 22, has never pitched above AA in his minor league career, but last year he pitched so well in Jackson that he was named the Southern League’s pitcher of the year, making it clear that the Mariners had more than just a “Big Three” of James Paxton, Taijaun Walker and Danny Hultzen when it came to big-time pitching prospects.

The Mariners rotation will be Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Joe Saunders, Maurer and Blake Beavan. The Mariners also announced that RHP Erasmo Ramirez, who earlier in spring was a candidate for the starting rotation, was optioned to AAA Tacoma, while right-hander Jeremy Bonderman was re-assigned to minor league camp.

More in Sports

Silvertips fall to Americans 3-2 in overtime

Goaltender Blake Lyda, 15, saves 32 shots in an outstanding debut with Everett.

Seahawks’ Bennett says he’ll continue to sit; Avril headed to IR

Seattleā€™s defensive ends make news that goes far beyond the football field.

Huskies razor-thin at CB heading into UCLA matchup

UW may look to true freshmen with junior Jordan Miller and redshirt freshman Byron Murphy hurt.

Yankees beat Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS

Masahiro Tanaka pitches 7 strong innings as New York moves to within one win of the World Series.

REFLECTIONS: Silvertips fall despite impressive Lyda debut

The Game Obviously a 3-2 overtime loss wasn’t the desire result. Nevertheless,… Continue reading

Snow goose prospects outstanding again

The increasing number of snows in the area leads to an increase in the daily bag limit and more.

Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week: Crabbing ‘out front’

By Wayne Kruse For The Herald The just-past summer recreational crab season… Continue reading

Chicago stays alive in NLCS with 3-2 win over Los Angeles

Wade Davis hangs on for a tense 6-out save as Chicago avoids a sweep and forces Game 5.

Wednesday’s prep results, links and recaps

Here are Wednesday’s prep results, links and recaps: BOYS SOCCER Northwest 2B/1B… Continue reading

Most Read