Amid the constant March Madness basketball this weekend, the palette for Mariners spring training was endanger of not being quenched this weekend. Luckily, Roots Sports televised the match-up between the Rockies and Mariners this afternoon. Mother nature, however, wanted to further relinquish a fans turmoil with rain in Arizona. There were a couple of things to take away from the brief four innings:
- Kyle Seager goes deep – Continuing to make his case to be a better player than Figgins at third base, Kyle Seager has a two run shot to right field.
- A good look at Hector Noesi - This is the first time fans get a chance to look at Hector Noesi, the sleeper piece in the Michael Pineda/Jesus Montero trade. Noesi is battling for a spot in the starting rotation. Seeing some of his live action pitching today, Noesi features a couple of pitches. A 90 to 91 fastball, a curve ball and a slider and a strike out change up that breaks down and away from lefties. He has good composure on the mound, not exerting himself too much. He at times can lose the strike zone, trying to pitch a little too fine. This may be due to the fact that he is not going to blow hitters away but pitch into his defense. Based on the other pitchers featured in the other televised games (Millwood, Ramirez) Noesi could benefit with a couple of months in Triple A, developing his control and confidence in his stuff. He can be a crucial part of the rotation but he doesn’t look as crisp as a big league pitcher should be, especially with the arms that the Mariners have.
- Kawasaki - I wanted to see more of Kawasaki but due to the rain and his approach at the plate, it made it difficult. The only thing I was able to pull out of it is a stark comparison to Ichiro. He could be a great candidate to bat lead-off once Figgins finally is out of the lineup.
With the rain, it made it extremely difficult to get a really good look at the Mariners. This the team leaving to Japan this Thursday, there are still some question marks about this team.