Seattle Mariners starting rotation rumors have finally been addressed. The five pitchers in the 2014 Seattle Mariners starting rotation were revealed on Thursday (March 27), likely providing a few surprises to fans of the team. According to a report from CBS Sports, the M's will start the season with Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez, James Paxton, Blake Beavan, and Chris Young as the five arms. The adjustments were made by Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker going to the disabled list, Randy Wolf and Scott Baker getting released, and Young signing as a free agent.
There had been many fans hoping that prospect Roenis Elias would get the call after he made a few really good starts in Spring Training. He would also give the team a second left-handed starting pitcher, but the team apparently didn't want to give him that call up just yet. Depending on how the season progresses, that could change when the month of June rolls around. Brandon Maurer and Hector Noesi had also been in consideration for spots, but Maurer got hurt and Noesi really struggled in March. Noesi could end up getting designated for assignment at some point in the near future unless the team feels he is valuable in the bullpen.
The 2014 Seattle Mariners starting rotation isn't exactly going to strike fear into opponents, but Blake Beavan and Chris Young are intended to just eat up some innings until Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker are ready to go. Young last pitched at the big league level in 2012 when he posted a 4.15 ERA for the New York Mets. Erasmo Ramirez got the nod after posting a 1.14 ERA and 0.85 WHIP over 23 2/3 innings of work this spring. He seems primed to hold down a spot for the full season if he can find some early success. James Paxton looked good as well, posting a 3.18 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 17 innings of work.
Blake Beavan could be a huge question mark, as he found early success but has struggled recently down in Peoria. He has a combined ERA of 6.46 and a WHIP of 1.35 over 23.2 innings of work.
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