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Seattle Mariners 2022: Scouting, Projected Lineup, Season Prediction

Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners

After just missing out on ending their lengthy postseason drought, Mitch Haniger and the Mariners have added reinforcements to both the lineup and the rotation

After a three-year rebuilding process labeled a "step back" by now-president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto, the Mariners enter the 2022 season with the expectation of earning a playoff spot under the new expanded format.

After last season's overachieving squad finished 90-72 while competing for a postseason spot until the final day of the regular season, expectations, both internally and externally, have been elevated. The concept of rebuilding is over. The focus is now on winning, returning to the postseason for the first time since 2001 and ending the longest current playoff drought in professional sports.

Opposing Scouts Size Up the Mariners

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"It's easy to see this team taking off. They added the Cy Young winner in Robbie Ray, who has an unhittable slider and a fastball that just explodes on guys. Jarred Kelenic really grew up down the stretch, and he'll be an impact bat with Mitch Haniger, Ty France and Kyle Lewis. Adam Frazier brings the bat-to-ball skills that this team needs, and at 27, J.P. Crawford's in that sweet spot in his career. I like their starters after Ray: Chris Flexen has already earned his contract, and he's no fluke — that invisible fastball just devastates hitters. You don't worry about Marco Gonzales as long as he keeps the ball in the park, and I'm a big Logan Gilbert guy — a power arm, good makeup and the kind of body language that makes you think he's 30. Watch out for Justin Dunn, too: He's like Greg Maddux, pitching from a rocking chair, and next thing you know he's gone six and given up one run. They got a lot out of journeyman reliever types, but there's no reason to think that group will regress."

Beyond the Box Score

Foot in mouth Controversy erupted the day before the Mariners' first full-squad workout of spring training (Feb. 21, 2021) when video of a Zoom Q-and-A session with then-team president Kevin Mather and the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club went viral. In the video, which ultimately forced his resignation, Mather disparaged or insulted multiple players in the organization — both intentionally and unintentionally — admitted to service-time manipulation for top prospects, admitted to using COVID as a way to manipulate the free agent market and damaged the already-hurting reputation of the franchise's leadership.

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A Mariners legend Kyle Seager said goodbye to the Mariners in a tearful celebration during the ninth inning of the season finale at T-Mobile Park. A third-round pick in the 2009 draft who hadn't been considered much of prospect, Seager played in 1,480 MLB games over 11 MLB seasons. His finished with 1,395 hits, 309 doubles, 242 home runs, 807 RBIs, nine 20-homer seasons and two 30-homer seasons. Incredibly durable, he had only one stint on the injured list in his career, which came after a fluky hand injury during 2019 spring training, requiring surgery.

Servais record Manager Scott Servais received his second contract extension in August 2021, making him the second-longest-tenured manager in franchise history behind Lou Piniella. Since Piniella left after the 2002 season, Seattle had six full-time managers and two interim managers before hiring Servais in 2016.

Seattle Stars The All-Star Game is returning to Seattle in 2023. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement at a press conference at the Space Needle on Sept. 14. The 1979 game was played at the Kingdome in the Mariners' third season of existence as a franchise. The All-Star Game returned on July 10, 2001, just two months after the official opening of Safeco Field, which is now T-Mobile Park.

Junior's the boss Besides having a statue of his likeness in front of T-Mobile Park, Ken Griffey Jr. is now a member of the Mariners' ownership group. He is the first new investing partner in the franchise in the last 20 years. Griffey had approached Mariners chairman John Stanton about an ownership stake two years ago. When a member of the ownership group asked to sell their shares for personal reasons, Griffey purchased those team interests.

Projected Lineup


SS    J.P. Crawford (L)
RF    Mitch Haniger (R)
DH   Jesse Winker (L)
1B    Ty France (R)
LF    Jarred Kelenic (L)
CF   Julio Rodríguez (R)
3B    Eugenio Suárez (R)
C     Tom Murphy (R)
2B    Adam Frazier (L)


C      Luis Torrens (R)
UT    Dylan Moore (R)
C      Cal Raleigh (S)
IF      Abraham Toro (S)
OF    Kyle Lewis (R)


LHP    Robbie Ray
LHP    Marco Gonzales
RHP    Chris Flexen
RHP    Logan Gilbert
RHP    Matt Brash


RHP    Paul Sewald (C)
RHP    Drew Steckenrider
RHP    Diego Castillo
RHP    Andrés Muñoz
RHP    Ken Giles
LHP    Anthony Misiewicz
RHP    Yohan Ramirez
RHP    Erik Swanson
LHP    Justus Sheffield

2022 Prediction: 3rd in AL West