Since my baseball season has been over for awhile now, this is the date that we look forward to the most. On this date, major league teams can expand their rosters and call up a slew of AAA and/or AA players for some big league experience. Kick the tires to see how people will perform on the big stage.
I would like to see three Tacoma players make it to Safeco for the final month of the season. They are Dustin Ackley, Michael Pineda and Josh Lueke.
Dustin has a higher batting average in AAA then he did in AA. Dustin is currently being pushed since he was picked directly after Stephen Strasburg. He could be a nice face for this franchise.
Pineda is pitching well in the minors. He packs a fastball that could reach mid-90’s. His delivery is the big question mark around his longevity. He was named the clubs Minor League pitcher of the year in 2009. Here is what Baseball intellect had to say on Michael: “When Pineda was on the mound, he was dominant. He struck out 28.6% of the batters he faced, while walking just 3.6%. He put up an ERA of 2.84. And he did this in High Desert, one the worst parks a pitcher could pitch in.”
Our wildcard is Josh Lueke. He has a checkered past that involves a rape claim while in the Rangers minor league organization. I have mixed feelings on this. As a player, he is dominating minor league hitters. Averaging around 1.5 K’s per inning. He is going to be a PR nightmare. The Mariners would open the door to protests and public ridicule once he arrives in Seattle. He obviously has the talent. Perhaps, with his outstanding numbers, they use him as trade bait for some quality hitting, time will only tell.
I know there are several other players in our organization that deserve a chance this September. Stay tuned as next month approaches.