Mariners' Prospect Prelander Berroa Impresses Early in Camp
For years, the Seattle Mariners languished as one of the worst franchises in Major League Baseball. Alas, the M’s built a stable of young prospects and are reaping the rewards of developing from within.
Among those up-and-comers is Prelander Berroa, who has impressed early in Spring Training. According to Corey Brock, Berroa mesmerized bystanders by lighting up the gun with a 98 mph heater and mixing in a breaking ball.
The buzz in Mariners camp Saturday was for 22 y/o RHP Prelander Berroa, who Seattle stole from the Giants in a deal for Donnie Walton last season.— Corey Brock (@CoreyBrockMLB) February 19, 2023
Berroa flashed 98 mph, showed a nice breaking ball and is working on a changeup.
"He has a special arm," said Scott Servais.
Berroa split last season between A and AA after being acquired by the Mariners in a trade with the San Francisco Giants. Across three teams, the 22-year-old accumulated a 2.86 ERA with 150 strikeouts in 100.2 innings pitched.
Although he’s making an impression, Berroa will likely spend this year in the minors for further development.
Seattle enters the season with legitimate postseason aspirations after ending a 20-year playoff drought in 2022. The Mariners are +360 to win the AL West, as per the line info from FanDuel Sportsbook.