Also, left-hander Charlie Furbush is scheduled to make his first rehab appearance in Everett tonight.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyler O’Neill‘s breakthrough season in the minors hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Baseball America ranks the 21-year-old outfielder from British Columbia as the game’s No. 45 overall prospect in its midseason top 100 released Friday, noting his “premium” bat speed and strength. He’s the only Mariners prospect on the list.
The publication had ranked him as the Mariners’ fourth-best prospect coming into 2016.
A third-round draft pick in 2013, O’Neill is batting .303 with 15 home runs, 63 RBI and a .903 OPS in 79 games for Class AA Jackson this season.
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Dae-Ho Lee is out of the lineup today to rest his sore right hand. It’s not a serious injury, manager Scott Servais said; Lee is available to pinch hit tonight and is scheduled to start on Saturday.
Stat of the day:
Including their 4-3 loss to the Royals in Thursday’s series opener, the Mariners have lost their last 19 consecutive games when scoring three runs or less.
Overall, Seattle is 5-30 when scoring three runs or less this season — and 38-12 when scoring four runs or more.
The Mariners’ last win when scoring three runs or less was a 3-2 win at Houston on May 7.
Another somber stat:
The Mariners have played in 30 one-run games this season, tied with the Giants for the most in the majors. The M’s are 12-18 in those one-run games — losing three already in the first four games of this road trip.
“We talked about this in spring training (when) I predicted that we would play in a lot of one-run game,” Servais said. “I also felt that we’d be on the better side of (them) more than we have. But it should balance out. I feel it will. This trip alone it’s been three out of four one-run losses. Some are tougher than others.
“Usually it comes down for our team, I think, to execution — sometimes we have a chance to separate ourselves or add on to leads (and don’t), and it allows teams to come back because we maybe haven’t executed offensively in the sixth, seventh, eighth inning. There’s been a number of different reasons, but that’s the one that sticks out to me recently.”
Rehabbing in Everett:
Left-hander Charlie Furbush is scheduled to make his first rehab appearance tonight with the Everett AquaSox. Furbush is on the 60-day DL with left shoulder biceps tendonitis.
Felix Hernandez, meanwhile, is on track to make his first rehab start in Everett on Sunday. He’s then scheduled to pitch in Tacoma on July 15.
If all goes well, Hernandez would return to the Mariners rotation on July 20 vs. the White Sox. He’s been on the DL since June 1 with a right calf strain.
Game notes from the Mariners: