Power on the farm
The Mariners have plenty of power-hitting prospects in their minor-league system.
A look at players who might be hitting home runs soon in Seattle:
OF Carlos Peguero, 26
Hit 22 home runs in just 281 at-bats last season with Class AAA Tacoma. He needs to figure out how to make contact more often — 103 strikeouts last season in those 281 minor-league at-bats.
3B Alex Liddi, 24
Big third baseman hit 30 home runs with Tacoma in 2011. Has struggled in brief stints with Mariners the past two seasons, but the power is there.
INF Stefen Romero, 24
Big second baseman — he's 6 feet 3, 225 pounds — hit .352 with 23 home runs last season, splitting time between Class A High Desert and AA Jackson. He hit well in Cactus League games this spring with Mariners.
3B Vinnie Catricala, 24
Catricala hit just .229 with 10 home runs last season with Tacoma, but Mariners think power potential is there. He hit .349 with 25 home runs at two stops in 2011. Has also played first base and outfield.
C Mike Zunino, 22
The No. 3 overall pick of the 2012 draft could join the Mariners as soon as this season. He hit .360 with 13 home runs in 161 at-bats last year between Class A Everett and AA Jackson.
OF Gabriel Guerrero, 19
Aggressive swinger with raw power, like his uncle Vladimir Guerrero. Same body type as Vlad, he's 6-3, 190 now and will probably get bigger. Hit well last year with Mariners' rookie teams in Dominican and Arizona leagues.
3B Pat Kivlehan, 23
Kivlehan was a defensive back at Rutgers for four seasons, then decided in 2012 to play baseball, which he hadn't done since high school. He won the Big East triple crown and was named conference player of the year. The Mariners drafted him in the fourth round, and he hit .301 with 12 home runs, 17 doubles and three triples in 72 games at Everett.
OF Kalian Sams, 26
He's big — 6-2, 248 pounds — and has a couple of 20 home run seasons in the minors. Batting average for six minor-league seasons is just .215 for native of The Netherlands.
Bill Reader, Seattle Times staff