The Mariners made the expected roster moves following the trades of Brandon League and Steve Delabar yesterday. To make room for Eric Thames, the Mariners sent down very free-swinging Carlos Peguero back to Tacoma, and to replace the two open bullpen spots the Mariners recalled hard throwing righty Stephen Pryor and strikeout specialist Carter Capps.
Pryor was the Mariners fifth round draft pick in 2010. He already appeared in a few games through June this year, giving up one run over 5.1 innings pitched. His greatest claim to fame at the moment is that his first win came in the combined no-hitter the Mariners pitched against the Dodgers on June 8th. Pryor is one of the more entertaining prospects in the Mariners bullpen, almost solely because his fastball can reach triple digits occasionally.
Capps was drafted by the Mariners in the third round of the 2011 draft. He is pretty much vaulting straight pass AAA after striking out three of the four batters he faced. He was closing in AA, racking up 19 saves and posting 13 strikeouts per nine innings.
Peguero was clearly struggling in his stint again in the major leagues, posting a .146 batting average and striking out in over 50% of his plate appearances (Adam Dunn eat your heart out). He will go back to Tacoma and continue to probably club the threads off the ball until his inevitable recall back up to the squad with roster expansions in September.
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