The Seattle Mariners announced a pretty significant move on Monday as they promoted star prospect Julio Rodriguez from High-A Everett to Double-A Arkansas. The 20-year-old outfielder has been talked about for quite some time as one of Seattle's top prospects and has clearly outperformed his welcome in Everett.
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Rodriquez had suited up in 28 games for the Everett AquaSox this season, recording 8 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs and 21 RBI in 117 at-bats. That's not even to mention how he accomplished that while slashing .325/.410/.581.
When you start taking those numbers into account, it's not surprising to see how quick Rodriquez is rising through Seattle's minor league affiliates. However, some are saying to temper expectations. RotoWire MLB said that fans shouldn't count on Rodriguez playing in the majors this season as the Mariners likely want "to delay starting his MLB service clock."
At the same time, you can't blame fans for wanting to see a little more excitement this season. The Mariners are currently 41-38 and sit a whopping 7.5 games back of the first-place Houston Astros for the AL West lead. Meanwhile, they're also 5.5 games back of the final American League wild-card spot.
Assuming they figure out a way to make the playoffs, the Mariners' +14000 odds to win the World Series put them in a tie for 26th across the MLB.
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