Harry Ford Had a Strong First Season

Following getting the first superior schooler drafted in the initial round throughout the Jerry Dipoto era, Harry Ford built his comprehensive-time debut at Lower-A Modesto in 2022. He hit .274/.425/.439 in 104 games with 11 household operates, 23 doubles, and 4 triples. The 5-foot-10 righty struck out 115 situations(23%), but walked 88 moments(17%), which was tied for the next most in the Reduced-A California League. Ford also stole 23 bases and was only caught thieving 5 periods.

The Ga native was amongst the top rated 15 in the Cal League in the a few Triple Crown stats: Ford’s .274 batting ordinary was good for 12th ideal in the league, his .425 OBP was the fourth, and his .439 SLG was 15th optimum. That demonstrates how he was one of the league’s ideal offensive gamers throughout his 2022 campaign.

Fangraphs and Prospects Reside give Ford a 50 long run strike software and a 55 upcoming electric power projection. MLB Pipeline has him with a 55 foreseeable future strike instrument and 50 upcoming electric power. All 3 web sites have Ford as the Mariners present-day amount just one prospect, as very well as Jason A. Churchill.

Even though Ford does not have large long run prospective at the plate, he tasks to be equally a good offensive contributor as well as a excellent defender. Ford split his time in 2022 nearly 50-50 involving catcher and DH. He played 54 game titles at the rear of the dish and 49 as the Nuts specified hitter. The consensus is that Ford will be an average or improved defender powering the plate with an earlier mentioned common arm.

If Ford cannot adhere guiding the plate, he has more than enough athleticism to shift to yet another situation. When he was drafted, the Mariners official push launch experienced Ford as a catcher/outfielder, so the Mariners obviously need to believe that he could engage in the outfield if he has to move off of catching.

Although Ford is the consensus major prospect in the Seattle system, the previous initially-round decide is maximum on MLB Pipeline’s Top rated 100, coming in at No. 65. Prospective clients Dwell had him at No. 79 on their Prime 100 done correct after the 2022 trade deadline, and Fangraphs experienced him just outdoors their Top 100.

The 19-calendar year-old will most probably start off the 12 months in Substantial-A Everett. Because he will perform future time at age 20, he is almost certainly not going to be a fast-shifting prospect, and will extra than possible get a whole year enjoying for the Aqua Sox.

Mariners Minor League Transactions
The Mariners signed 27-calendar year-outdated RHP Jose Rodriguez who invested final year in the New York Mets firm, actively playing for their Triple-A affiliate. He started 11 games and came out of the bullpen in 18, totaling 76.1 innings. The 6-foot-2 Venezuelan experienced a 4.95 Period and struck out 68 though going for walks 36. He was assigned to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers roster, and will possible be a bullpen arm for them, and has the likelihood to be an crisis call-up at finest.

Mariners Insignificant Leaguers in the Information
The MLB Pipeline staff wrote about just one prospect from every single workforce that could be chosen in the Rule 5 Draft, and Seattle’s was a difficult throwing reliever.

Daniel Kramer shines a gentle on leading prospect Harry Ford for his charity function and for giving again to the group.

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Curtis Christianson

Curtis Christianson is the Athletic Director at Concordia Christian Academy. He also works in the Tacoma Rainiers clubhouse throughout the baseball year.

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