The Seattle Mariners have already received an impressive contribution from one rookie in Bryce Miller. Another young arm is hoping to make the same impact.
According to Corey Brock from The Athletic, prospect Bryan Woo is set to make his major league debut on Saturday. The originally scheduled starter, Marco Gonzales, is heading to the Injured List due to issues with his forearm.
Bryan Woo an intriguing prospect for Seattle Mariners
Woo was a question mark when he was selected by the Mariners in the sixth round of the 2021 MLB Draft. He had undergone Tommy John surgery, pushing his stock down. Woo also had just 69.1 innings of experience over his three years in college, posting a 6.36 ERA and a 1.731 WHiP. While he had elite velocity, he struggled with his command. He was, essentially, a lottery ticket for the Mariners.
That ticket paid off. He showed his potential last season, pitching at three different levels before dominating the Arizona Fall League. That continued into this season as Woo has posted a 2.05 ERA and a 0.886 WHiP in his 44 innings at Double-A, striking out 59 batters with just 12 walks. He does have the stuff to compete in the majors, featuring a plus mid-90s fastball and an above average slider, both of which generate plenty of swings and misses. His changeup still needs work, but he has the potential to be a solid piece of the Mariners’ rotation going forward.
His time could be now. Although he is skipping Triple-A, the Mariners will give impact players an opportunity. As Robbie Ray is lost for the season, and there are questions as to how long Gonzales will be out, Woo has the chance to stick. It is just a matter of producing the results.
The Seattle Mariners are bringing up another intriguing prospect. Bryan Woo has a chance to claim his place going forward.