Mariners’ Tuffy Gosewisch provides scouting reports on fellow former D-Backs Segura and Haniger

Feb 17, 2017, 4:33 PM
Tuffy Gosewisch was impressed by Jean Segura last year and thinks Mitch Haniger could be "special."...
Tuffy Gosewisch was impressed by Jean Segura last year and thinks Mitch Haniger could be "special." (AP)
LISTEN: New Mariners catcher Tuffy Gosewisch on Jean Segura, Mitch Haniger

As one of three players on the Mariners’ roster who played with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, catcher Tuffy Gosewisch probably is more familiar with the other two than anybody else at the team’s spring training.

According to Gosewisch, the third catcher on the depth chart for Seattle, the Mariners should be plenty happy with their acquisitions of Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger.

While the Arizona-bred Gosewisch came up to the majors through the Diamondbacks system, Segura spent just one year with Arizona before Jerry Dipoto picked him and Haniger up for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte in a November trade. Still, Gosewisch saw enough of Segura up close to understand how talented Seattle’s new shortstop is.

“Obviously I think Jean’s numbers speak for themselves. Last year was unbelievable to watch,” Gosewisch told “Danny, Dave and Moore” on Friday. “Basically everything he swung at was a base hit. I can’t even describe some of the balls that he would hit that we would shake our heads at. Somehow he would put the barrel on it and hit it hard and find a hole.”

ESPN’s Jim Bowden: Pitching will determine if M’s play in October

That’s how Segura ended up with a .319 batting average and .867 OPS on a league-leading 203 hits. That’s not all that he brings to the table, though. He also stole 33 bases and is a capable defender.

“He plays great defense and he can run,” Gosewisch said. “He creates problems on the base paths for the other team.”

Gosewisch knows Haniger even more, having played with the 26-year-old outfielder in both Triple-A and the big leagues. And just like people including Rick Rizzs have been saying, he believes Haniger could end up being a steal for Seattle.

“I think he’s gonna be something special. I think he’s gonna be surprising. I don’t think he was the main piece that people looked at in this trade but I think he’s gonna turn out to be pretty solid,” Gosewisch said. “He can play the outfield very well. He’s got a good arm. And then he made some strides last year at the plate, started hitting with a lot more power.

“He’s really a student of the game and practices quite a bit in the offseason and he really tries to study his swing and understand himself more than anybody I’ve played with. It’s exciting to watch him and I think he’s gonna continue to get better.”

So, about the name

As would be customary in any introductory interview with a person named Tuffy, Dave Wyman and Jim Moore got to the bottom of Gosewisch’s unique name. It turns out it was a nickname he earned as a baby from his father that stuck.

“He said I was just kind of a handful, to put it nicely. I just used to break my crib and kind of rough-house a lot,” Gosewisch said. “He thought it was fitting and that’s all I was ever called growing up.”

There was a brief period of time where he tried to go by his given name of James, but unsurprisingly the sport of baseball wouldn’t let him get away with not being called Tuffy.

“By the time I got to high school I tried to get rid of it. I tried to go by James or Jim. You know, it really didn’t stick in baseball. Baseball always kinda kept it with Tuffy.”

Date Starting Pitcher
Saturday, October 1 @ 1:10 pm

Mariners Roof Report

Brought to you by
High 75° | Low 55°
Roof is closed
Athletics at Mariners today at 1:10pm

Wyman & Bob

Seattle Mariners

Mariners Carlos Santana...
Brent Stecker

Why Mariners’ Carlos Santana will be an important player in playoffs

As MLB Network's Jon Morosi points out, Mariners slugger Carlos Santana brings a few things to the table Seattle will need in October.
14 hours ago
Mariners Cal Raleigh...
Brent Stecker

The Mariners found the perfect way to finally end the drought

There was only one path for the Mariners to get back to the playoffs, and two products of that path delivered Seattle's clinching victory.
14 hours ago
Brandon Gustafson

‘It was the craziest thing ever’: Mariners end playoff drought and party is on

The Mariners ended their 21-year playoff drought in epic fashion Friday night and the party that kicked off was one for the ages.
2 days ago
Mariners Cal Raleigh...
The Associated Press

Mariners’ 21-year playoff wait ends on Raleigh’s walk-off HR

Cal Raleigh hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning and the Mariners ended the longest playoff drought in baseball with a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
2 days ago
Joe Fann

Fann: What Mariners making the playoffs, ending drought, means to me

The Mariners' playoff drought is finally over after Friday's win over Oakland. Lifelong fan Joe Fann describes what the moment means to him.
2 days ago
Mariners Playoffs...
Brandon Gustafson

The numbers that define the Mariners’ 2022 season with playoffs in reach

Brandon Gustafson provides some numbers that show how the Mariners are on the brink of ending their long playoff drought in 2022.
2 days ago
Mariners’ Tuffy Gosewisch provides scouting reports on fellow former D-Backs Segura and Haniger