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Seattle Mariners purchase the contracts of two prospects

Now it’s no surprise the Seattle Mariners are going to be gunning for free agent first baseman Mike Napoli when the time comes, but as of right now they’re focused on protecting prospects from the Rule 5 Draft in December.

Teams across the league are purchasing contracts of some of their top prospects who will be involved in the Rule 5 Draft which I believe begins December 9th.

When it comes to the Seattle Mariners, the prospects they’ve happened to save from the draft happen to be guys who could be Major League ready within just a couple years.

First prospect up is 25 year old outfielder Stefen Romero. Romero is one of their prospects who participated in the Arizona Fall League after he tore up the Minor League’s during the regular season. He hit .277/.331/.448 across the board at the Triple-A level with 11 home runs and 74 RBI’s in 375 at bats.

During the Arizona Fall League, he hit .212 with two home runs, six RBI’s and one stolen base.

The other prospect is 25 year old center fielder James Steven Jones out of Brooklyn, New York. The 6’4 200 pound outfielder doesn’t have much power, but he has a lot of speed. Jones hit .278/.360/.421 across the board with just six home runs and 45 RBI’s with 28 stolen bases.

He was only caught stealing nine times and also has a great shot at earning a bench spot during Spring Training.

Which one of these prospects will crack the Major League roster first?

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