Seattle Mariners Hitters: 2015 Team Preview

Sep 19, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) singles during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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Seth Smith was finally appreciated for his offense in 2014 with the Padres.  In 521 plate appearances, Smith posted a 55/12/48/1/.266, which is not all that terrible considering the lack of opportunities to produce runs in the San Diego offense.  While Seth Smith is still more of a bench bat in fantasy, I hope he gets enough at-bats with the Seattle Mariners because his career 10.6% walk rate and .347 OBP shows that he is capable of getting on base.

Robinson Cano’s numbers look very good as usual, but do not be tempted to draft high in the second round.  You can read more about it hereAnthony Rendon is the superior 2B eligible option.

I was very curious to see how many homers were projected for Nelson Cruz.  Moving from the Orioles to the Mariners is going to hinder his HR total, especially off a career year, but 26 homers at 35 years old is still quite good.  I hope Cruz can stay healthy and live up to his ADP.

Kyle Seager has had a wonderful offseason after signing his long-term to stay with the Seattle Mariners.  His 71 runs, 25 homers, 96 RBI’s, 7 steals, and .268/.334/.454 slash line give Seager relatively similar production to Evan Longoria as you can see here.  Seager, not Cano, is the top offensive option that you should want to invest in the Mariners.

An intriguing fantasy option is actually Brad Miller who is better known for his great glove.  However, Miller has a good bit of pop in his bat and should offer decent contributions across the counting stats.  Brad Miller is a good buy if you are in the market for a bargain shortstop.

Tanner Bell of Smart Fantasy Baseball has created all of the projections seen in this post.  You can read about how he develops his projections here.  His projections are invaluable to this site.  You can also visit his site at www.smartfantasybaseball.com.