Dissatisfied with the bullpen inadequacies, Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon optioned starting shortstop Chris Taylor to Triple A Tacoma to bring up right-handed relief pitcher prospect Mayckol Guaipe. The addition of Guaipe puts the M’s at 8 relievers to use during the 3 game stretch versus the New York Yankees.
In 2015, Mayckol has a record of 0-2 with three saves in 16 appearances for the Rainiers this season. He has an ERA of 4.58 in 19.2 innings of work; while striking out 18 batters to just three walks. In 2014, at the Double-A Jackson Generals, the righty went 1-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 40 games, earning 12 saves in 56.0 innings.
The addition of Mayckol brings up the question, are the days of an ineffective Fernando Rodney numbered?
“He’s a power arm with a power slider, throws strikes. He knows what he’s doing. He’s got a bright future.”
–M’s Manager Lloyd McClendon on Mayckol
The hard luck Chris Taylor was injured earlier this season, missing the beginning of the season. Considered to be the stronger defender between he and rival shortstop Brad Miller, Taylor has struggled mightily at the plate. Taylor’s batting line includes a .159 average, with 10 hits, 19 strikeouts, and just one RBI in 63 at-bats.
“I said, ‘I love you, and I think you’re going to be a tremendous shortstop in this league. But at the same time, I cannot allow you to swim uphill.’”
“He needs to take a step back. This gives him a chance to take a breather and relax a little bit and get it back together. He’s not the first kid that’s been sent to the minor leagues to come back and have a great year, and he won’t be the last.”
–Lloyd McClendon on Chris Taylor