Mariners add RHPs Pryor and Capps to bullpen

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced today the following roster moves:

  • RHP Stephen Pryor recalled from AAA Tacoma
  • RHP Carter Capps selected from AAA Tacoma
  • OF Eric Thames reported to Major League club
  • OF Carlos Peguero optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game 7/30)

Pryor (#46), Capps (#58) and Thames (#10) will be in uniform for tonight’s 7:10 pm game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays at Safeco Field. The Mariners Major League 40-man roster remains full with these transactions. Seattle traded RHP Brandon League (to Dodgers) and RHP Steve Delabar (to Blue Jays) after last night’s game.

Capps, 21 (turns 22 Aug. 7), made one appearance with Tacoma, striking out 3 of 4 batters faced last night at Tucson. In 38 appearances with AA Jackson he went 2-3 with a Southern League-leading 19 saves and a 1.26 ERA (7 ER, 50.0 IP). The 6-5, 220-pound right-hander struck out 72 batters for a 12.96 K/9.0 IP ratio, and held opponents to a .212 (40x189) batting average.

When he makes his Major League debut, Capps will become just the second player from the 2011 MLB draft to appear in a Major League game (Trevor Bauer, Arizona, 3rd overall). Capps was the Mariners 3rd-round supplemental selection (121st overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Mount Olive College (NC). He was named the 2011 NCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year after going 14-1 with 2 saves and a 1.75 ERA in 20 games/15 starts.

Pryor, 23, returns to the Mariners after being on the disabled list with a left groin strain from June 13-July 21. During his rehab stint, he made 6 appearances with High Desert (2 games) and Tacoma (4 games). Overall in 29 appearances in the minor leagues this season has a 0.93 ERA (4 ER, 38.2 IP). In 16 games (20.0 IP) with Tacoma, has held opponents hitless (0x34) with runners on base and with runners in scoring position (0x13). In five appearances with the Mariners he posted a 1.69 ERA (1 ER, 5.1 IP) with 5 strikeouts. He made his Major League debut June 2 at Chicago (AL) and recorded one out in the Mariners combined no-hitter June 8 vs. the Dodgers.

Thames, 25, was acquired last night from Toronto in exchange for RHP Steve Delabar. In 54 games with AAA Las Vegas he hit .330 (65x197) with 15 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs and 32 RBI. He also saw action in 46 games with the Blue Jays this season (38 GS in LF), batting .243 (36x148) with 7 doubles, 3 home runs and 11 RBI.

Peguero, 25, saw action in 12 games (RF – 7 GS, DH – 3 GS, LF – 1 GS) with the Mariners after being recalled from AAA Tacoma on July 5. He was hitting .146 (6x41) with one home run and 3 RBI.