Mariners call up OF Jake Fraley, place Domingo Santana on IL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – As expected, the Mariners have called up 24-year-old outfielder Jake Fraley, their eighth ranked prospect, from Triple-A Tacoma. Fraley will make his debut against his former club, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Acquired in the trade that sent Mike Zunino, Gillermo Heredia and Michael Plassmeyer to Tampa for Mallex Smith, Fraley began his season at Double-A Arkansas and was promoted to Tacoma in June. He has hit .298/.365/.545 for a .910 OPS between Tacoma and Arkansas this year while hitting 19 home runs, driving in 80 RBIs, stealing 22 bases and posting a 34/89 strikeouts to walk ratio. The club considered calling Fraley up earlier this season but minor injuries delayed the process.
"Is it worth more off the scoreboard?"
– Jake Fraley (probably)
The 24-year-old showed off some pop with his 19th homer of the year and his 8th 🚀 with @RainiersLand.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 18, 2019
To make room on the 25-man roster, Domingo Santana has been placed on the 10-day IL with right elbow inflammation. The outfielder has been dealing with elbow issues that sprung up shortly after the All-Star break and been limited to DH duties in recent weeks. He’s hit .131/.240/.250 (.490 OPS) in the second half.
We expect to hear more Tuesday afternoon from Fraley, who will wear No. 8, when he meets with the media at Tropicana Field.
With Tuesday’s move the Mariners’ 40-man roster is now at 38.