Better late than never: Fraley promoted
Jake Fraley dominated the Texas League last year on his way up the Mariners' minor-league ladder
August 22, 2020
It took them until the season was half over, but the Mariners have finally promoted outfielder Jake Fraley to the team. He is slated to start tonight in right field in Seattle's game against the Texas Rangers.
Fraley was thought to be a lock to start the year with the Mariners, probably as the starting left fielder alongside Kyle Lewis and Mallex Smith. Instead, GM Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais left him behind after preseason camp in favor of José Marmolejos, who has since been optioned back to the Tacoma satellite operation. When opportunities to bring him on during the first half of 2020's weird mini-season came about, he was once more bypassed in favor of Braden Bishop and a slew of extraneous relief pitchers. But now, at game 29 of 60, Fraley is finally up with the M's to replace infielder/outfielder Dylan Moore, who heads to the injured list with a wrist issue.
To the surprise of nearly everyone, Moore has been one of the Mariners' best hitters this season. He'll be out for at least nine more days now, during which time Fraley will be able to, hopefully, make his claim to an everyday (or at least platoon) role. With his promotion, Seattle has a full complement of three outfield specialists for the first time this season.
Evan White is also in tonight's starting lineup after missing a couple of games due to a painful foul ball that he hit off of his kneecap against the Dodgers on Wednesday.