Still bitter about last night? Check out USSM's 'Future Forty'

So, let's say you don't agree with me, and you're not OK with the M's dropping two out of three to the Angels. You're despondent over the reality that the playoffs likely will not be coming to Seattle for the sixth consecutive year.

Well, nothing to cheer you up like looking to the future!

Dave Cameron over at U.S.S. Mariner has his "Future Forty" list in which he rates the Seattle Mariners' prospects. He just made his June updates today, and you can find his post that goes behind the numbers here.

Quick synopsis:

  1. Wladimir Balentien is still raw. He's doing OK for AAA ball, but don't count on any meaningful major league production soon.
  2. Adam Jones was ready for the bigs last week.
  3. Jeff Clement is looking more and more like a bust.
  4. Matt Tuiasosopo has cooled down in May, but it's no reason to panic. He's still progressing nicely.
  5. Chris Tillman has gotten shelled since being promoted to the California League, something that can't possibly be good for his development.
  6. Dave has a man-crush on 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Triunfel, who hit 326/.357/.424 in May at Class A ball.
Oh, and if you're curious, here's the reason for the man-crush:
"He showed some real power, driving 7 extra base hits, and actually drew walks in back to back games. His game is still ridiculously raw (he’s been picked off of first base four times in two months), but the bat is just so very special. He’s now only the second Mariner prospect ever to receive a 10 reward rating on the Future Forty. He’s still all projection at this point, but the ceiling is basically limitless. He’s got a real chance to be the next great Mariner hitter, and it’s been a long time since we had a prospect we could write that about."
So there you go. Hope you feel better now.

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