"It is wonderful for the Mariners organization to have a Northwest affiliate so close to Seattle," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said, noting Everett is less than 30 miles north of Safeco Field. "We have a great relationship with the Everett AquaSox ownership and everyone involved with the entire operation. It is great that the AquaSox and the Mariners can share such a strong fan base in the Northwest. We enjoy working closely with the AquaSox franchise as we develop Major League talent."
This year's club will include a number of players taken in the First-Year Player Draft just last week, including right-handed pitchers Dan Altavilla (fifth round), Kody Kerski (eighth) and Vinny Nittoli (25th), catcher Adam Martin (10th) and infielders Chris Mariscal (14th), Sheehan Planas-Arteaga (24th) and Taylor Smart (26th).
Current Mariners Willie Bloomquist, Felix Hernandez, James Jones, Dominic Leone, Yoervis Medina, Michael Saunders, Tom Wilhelmsen and Mike Zunino all played at Everett earlier in their careers.
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