Credit should go to manager Eric Wedge and his coaching staff, as they got the most out of a somewhat untalented roster in 2012. The Mariners finished in last place in the A.L. West with a 75-87 (46.3%) record, which had them 19 games behind the A’s. Here is a look at the players that I thought made the biggest impacts for the Mariners in 2012:
Team MVP: Kyle Seager - 24-year old lefty swinging 3B Kyle Seager was the offensive leader of the Mariners in 2012. He played in 155 games for the Mariners in 2012 and he was 154 of 594 (.259 avg, .738 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 20 homers, 86 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.
Best Pitcher: Felix Hernandez - 26-year old King Felix is without a doubt the best pitcher on the Mariners. He started 33 games for the Mariners last year and he was 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Hernandez only gave up 209 hits and 56 walks in 232 innings last year while whiffing 223 batters, and those are mighty impressive numbers for the Mariners’ workhorse.
Biggest Surprise: Michael Saunders - When starting CF Franklin Gutierrez went down to injury, the Mariners needed someone to step up and Saunders did exactly that. He played in 139 games for the Mariners last year and he was 125 of 507 (.247 avg, .738 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 19 homers, 57 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.
Biggest Disappointment: Chone Figgins - 34-year old switch-hitting 3B Chone Figgins is just a waste of money and a roster spot. He played in 66 games for the Mariners last year and he was 30 for 166 (.181 avg, .533 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Mariners need to cut ties with Figgins this winter, one way or another.