The sailors announced this afternoon that they claimed the right hand Adrian Sampson From the concessions of the Cubs. They also chose a defensive player Stephen Souza Jr. To the major leagues instead of Jared Kielnik, which was selected for the Triple-A Tacoma. Seattle also brought back Sergio Romo From the list of the wounded for 10 days, they were selected Danny Young and the rhombus Stuart Fairchild And Johan Ramirez To assign the task of emptying a standing space of 40 men to Samson and Sousa.
One of the most notable successive moves in Seattle is Kielnik’s demotion. A former sixth and high prospect, Kelenic has yet to perform against the major league grounds. He struggled to the .181/.265/.350 streak during his first appearance on the MLB 377 board last season, making 28.1% of his runs while hitting only 0.216 on balls in play. Sure, M was hoping to see more of his left-handed batsman at the start of this season, but that hasn’t happened yet.
With 30 games, the Kelenic has only a .140/.219/.291 tag. The youngster did blows 36 times during contact with only 67.8% of his swings. This is the 12th lowest contact rate among 192 players with at least 90 boards showing, and M decided it was time to reset against Triple-A’s arms. It’s the second time in as many years that Kelenic has been picked up after a brawl against the MLB, but he responded well during a month-long stint last summer.
The timing of Kelenic’s latest choice comes ironically as the M’s head to the Queens for a weekend series with the Mets. New York, of course, originally coined it and included it in the controversial Robinson Kano/Edwin Diaz switch. This seemed like a coup for Seattle given Kielnik’s potential pedigree, but it’s clear he’ll need to do better when M brings him back to the majors. There’s plenty of time to do that, as he won’t turn 23 until July. Due to the cancellation of the minor league season in 2020, the Wisconsin native still only played 51 games between Double-A and Triple-A.
Except for an exceptionally long period, the demotion did not appear to affect his path to free agency after the 2027 season. Kilinic entered the year with 105 days of service in the Big League. Players are credited with a full service year spending 172 days on the MLB roster or injured roster. He’s earned roughly 36 extra days this year, which means he needs to stay in the majors for about an extra month to cross the one-year threshold in 2022. How long that stay in Tacoma will last will no doubt be determined in large part by performance Kelenic is there, but it’s hard to imagine M will keep it low until September except for some big struggles against Triple-A.
In the meantime, Seattle will turn to veteran Souza with Julio RodriguezAnd Jesse Winker And Dylan Moore as external options. The 33-year-old has had MLB time off with the Cubs and Dodgers over the past two years, but he hasn’t played a full season in the major leagues since 2017. Signing a minor league deal at Spring Training, Sousa has had an excellent start with the Rainiers. . He’s .267/.417/.533 with five teammates and a whopping 19.8% walk rate in 22 games. The 14-18 M will see if they can take that production against the league’s big arms to inject some life into an outside field that has weakened.
Fairchild was part of this outdoor mix for a very brief time. The 26-year-old was bought from the Diamondbacks for cash in late April and has made three appearances, unhurt in three appearances on the boards. A native of Seattle, Fairchild was a selection for the Reds in the second round in 2017 and was traded twice in his young career. M will have a week to deal with it again or try to run it through outright compromises.
This also applies to Ramirez, who has starred in the past three seasons. The right-hander has a 3.97 ERA in 56 2/3 career rounds, making 28.6% of opponents. He’s also walked 15.2% from facing the speculators, and has been rated for three house keepers in his first seven runs this year. The Mariners chose to go ahead, but it’s running in the mid-’90s and has a couple of minor league options left, so another team will likely take a chance on it.
In his place, they will bring on board a multi-role option of cubs. Sampson started five of his 10 games with Chicago last season, throwing 35 1/3 shots from 2.80 ERA balls. It came with a disappointing strike rate of 19.3% and an alarming 2.04 the homers allowed per nine runs, but it bombed the strike zone and generated a fair amount of ground balls. Chicago re-signed the right to a minor league deal over the winter. He was selected to the Major Leagues on Sunday, shown in one game, and then assigned to the task.
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