Prediction of Mariners’ 2022 Opening Day Roster

Yohan Ramirez and Cal Raleigh celebrate after getting a win in Spring Training. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

With just a little over week until Opening Day, the Mariners have started shaping their roster. For the first month of the season, they’ll be able to keep 28 players on the active roster. This allows MLB teams to carry extra pitchers after a shortened spring training.

“We don’t get what we want come May 1,” Servais said. “We go back to 26 players, which is what I expected. But we still don’t get the freedom to put the team together the way we want. It will be 13 (position players) and 13 (pitchers). The decision has been made.”

Though here’s our projection, that we will revisit over the next week:

STARTING ROTATION:

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

The first four are set in stone in the Mariners rotation, with Cy Young Ray leading the way. In order to create lefty-righty balance, the Mariners could opt to have former top prospect Gilbert slot between Ray and Gonzales. The latter was the Mariners ace just two years ago, but slotting him in at third in the rotation now adds a lot of depth. Flexen is coming off a career year in which he was the Mariners best pitcher. The big question with the Mariners rotation though is who wins out the fifth spot? Brash or George Kirby? We have Brash due to what he’s done so far this spring. Though don’t count out both Kirby and Levi Stoudt from contributing at some point this season.

BULLPEN:

  • Ken Giles, RHP
  • Andres Munoz, RHP
  • Paul Sewald, RHP
  • Drew Steckenrider, RHP
  • Sergio Romo, RHP
  • Diego Castillo, RHP
  • Yohan Ramirez, RHP
  • Erik Swanson, RHP
  • Anthony Misiewicz, LHP
  • Justus Sheffield, LHP

The Mariners recently lost Casey Sadler for the season. With that news, GM Jerry Dipoto went and signed a 3-Time World Series Champion in Sergio Romo. With the extended roster, Servais will most likely carry a 10 man bullpen that will feature former starter Justus Sheffield. Scott Servais confirmed that the Mariners will not have a set closer this season, but rather he will choose to go with matchups. Playing a closer by committee type of situation.

CATCHERS:

  • Tom Murphy
  • Luis Torrens

Leaving Cal Raleigh odd the MLB roster was difficult, he has looked solid this spring with a new swing and a more mobility. Though the best catcher out of the three is Murphy, and Torrens has proven that he can hit and showed that last year. The latter can also play some first base, which will provide Servais with a little flexibility.

FIRST BASE:

  • Ty France

With Former Gold Glover Evan White undergoing another surgery, this time to repair a sports hernia France will resume full time duties at first. After last year, France was already a lock at the position but now looks to be there for the better half of the season.

SECOND BASE:

  • Adam Frazier

The Mariners stole Frazier away from the San Diego Padres in exchange for Ray Kerr and Corey Rosier. Frazier was an all-star last year and could be the Mariners leadoff hitter this season. He’s looking good this spring and could boost the Mariners lineup.

THIRD BASE:

  • Eugenio Suarez

For the first time in 11 years, the Mariners will have somebody not named Kyle Seager at Third Base (for a majority of the season). Suarez is a perfect replacement for Seager. Though his defense isn’t as great (something Perry Hill can help with), and though his .198 batting average last season shouldn’t go unnoticed, the Mariners will hope to get some form of the 2019 version of Suarez (.271 with 49 HRs).

SHORTSTOP:

  • JP Crawford

For the third year in a row Crawford is a lock on the left side of the infield. This year he will take on a leadership role coming off the mentorship by Seager last season. He gives the Mariners a Gold Glove at a position where defense is a need. He improved on the offensive side of things as well.

UTILITY:

  • Abraham Toro
  • Dylan Moore

The Mariners don’t have to send either Moore or Toro to the minors this season. Both can play multiple positions which will come in handy this season in order to give guys a day off. Toro has been hot this spring, and playing all over the field including seeing reps at first and in the outfield. Moore will switch back to the Super-utility gig, which was his role in 2020 (his best offensive year.

OUTFIELD:

  • Jarred Kelenic
  • Mitch Haniger
  • Jesse Winker
  • Julio Rodriguez
  • Billy Hamilton

The Mariners have the flexibility of carrying five outfielders this season. Though four of them will play a majority of that time. While Kelenic looks to build off his strong finish, the Mariners added an All-Star to their outfield in Winker. Which gives them two former all-stars in the outfield. The Mariners can keep Hamilton as a speedster and a late game defensive replacement. That brings us to Julio Rodriguez. The big question with Julio will be if he’s ready for ‘The Show’. There’s no question he has the skills, but the Mariners will need to decide if he needs to start the season at Tacoma or if he’s an Opening Day Roster member.

DESIGNATED HITTER:

The Mariners will not have a set DH this season, they will rather use a rotation of players here with four starting caliber outfielders, you could start one of them here as well so they don’t miss an At-Bat. You could also slot Toro and Torrens in here. The latter saw some time at DH last season. Finally, the Mariners could use it to give some guys a day off without taking their bat out of the line-up.