What's the story with Scott Savastano? First I've heard his name.
Glad you asked!
He went to high school in Massachusetts and college in New Hampshire. He was drafted by the Mariners at age 22 in 2008. During his minor league career he's played every position except CF, but his primary positions are 1B and 2B, with 3B the next most common position. After his rookie season he progressed steadily from Clinton to High Desert to Jackson, but just barely made the Tacoma roster this year. The Rainiers have Catricala at 3B, Triunfel at SS, so L-Rod began the season at 2B. 1B was shared by Limonta and "Big Jim" Jimenez, with Moore and Quiroz sharing the starts at catcher. The DH position was also shared by them, so there wasn't much room in the line-up for him until the outfielders started falling like flies.
Because three of the four outfielders that began the season with the Rainiers are now on the DL, L-Rod and Savastano have shared 2B and 1B, while Limonta is getting more starts in the OF. Chiang was promoted to fill the third outfield starting position, Savastano started in LF today, and Carp has taken over the DH spot. Savastano has a career minor league OPS of .801, matching that almost exactly at Jackson in 2011 with a .808 OPS.
Catricala and Triunfel are currently under performing at their new level, but Savastano and Chiang have been making the best of their promotion to AAA. With Peguero now on the DL, Quiroz and Jimenez are currently leading the team in OPS. Triunfel has been picking his numbers up lately, but I doubt that any of the infielders on the team except L-Rod are ready for promotion to the Mariners.
In the outfielder we have Robinson and Carp, and at the catcher position we have Moore and Quiroz, so there is plenty of depth at the OF, DH and catcher positions. Of the position players that don't have MLB experience I would label Jimenez as the most ready to make his MLB debut this year. I doubt the Mariners would use him as more than a DH though, his defensive abilities limit him to a below average first baseman for the Mariners. Savastano fits the team as a utility player, and should make the team in 2013 if Figgins is traded.Savastano at the Baseball Cube.
Edited by Vidya, 15 April 2012 - 09:05 PM.
My 2014 AAP's:
James Jones, Rainiers outfielder extraordinaire.
Ji-Man Choi, Rainiers slugging first baseman.
Carson Smith, Rainiers bullpen.
Logan Kensing, Rainiers bullpen.
Jesus Montero, trimmed down and ready to go.
Sorry, Ji-Man, but really? Maybe when you get off the restricted list, Montero will have been promoted.
Carson is doing a fine job, but Logan has been dominant and deserves recognition.