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Monday, April 12, 2010
M's Langerhans ticketed for Triple-A

It's my pleasure to introduce Pro Ball NW, who's filling the Mariners slot in the SweetSpot Network. Today Jon writes about Ryan Langerhans clearing waivers and heading down I-5 to Tacoma:
Since signing out of the Netherlands in 2004, Halman has played five seasons. He was excellent in 2008 -- half a season in Class A, half in Double-A -- considering he was only 20. Overall, though? Halman's got a .308 on-base percentage and he's struck out 555 times in 428 professional games. He bombed last year in Double-A, leading Baseball America to conclude, "The ultimate boom or bust prospect, he'll return to Double-A to begin 2010."

Oddly, he didn't. This seems like a pure scouting decision. Maybe the M's wanted him in Tacoma so they could keep a closer eye on him (Seattle's Double-A affiliate is in Tennessee; West Tennessee, yes ... but still Tennessee). Maybe they saw something in March that made them think he was just an adjustment away. Maybe they found something in his personality that made them think he needed a real good challenge.

Well, Triple-A pitchers are a real good challenge for a 22-year-old hitter who doesn't know the strike zone from a bulldozer. With Langerhans in the fold, I suspect Halman will soon be heading back to (West) Tennessee. Maybe he'll learn something from Dustin Ackley.