Ian Snell Clears Waivers

SUNDAY: Snell has cleared waivers and accepted a minor league assignment to Triple-A Tacoma, according to a team press release.

TUESDAY: The Mariners designated Ian Snell for assignment and called up Brian Sweeney, according to the team. Snell, who came to Seattle last summer in the Jack Wilson trade, started respectably for the Mariners, but has been ineffective of late. He has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last four appearances with 11 walks, five strikeouts and a 11.77 ERA in that time.

For the season, the 28-year-old right-hander has a 6.41 ERA with 5.1 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 in 46.1 innings. Snell got off to a similar start last year before the Pirates demoted him to Triple A and saw him dominate for six starts. Snell has promise, but his recent struggles suggest he isn't close to fulfilling it.


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23 Comments on "Ian Snell Clears Waivers"


Infield Fly
5 years 2 months ago

I guess it was only a matter of time. I used to always think the guy just didn’t know how to capitalize on his potential. But now after two teams, winless this season, and sporting an ERA of 6.41, it seems the question might be “where is his potential?”

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

Now *here’s* someone I’d like to see Dave Duncan take a crack at. He looked so good once upon a time.

Glove Affair
5 years 2 months ago

Yeah, but so did former teammate Oliver Perez. So I’d actually like to see Duncan take a shot at him first!

5 years 2 months ago

Perez does not have the attitude to be worked with nor does he deserve the aid of dave duncan…perez is a complete a-hole.

Todd Smith
5 years 2 months ago

Ian Snell makes Perez look like a saint.

Glove Affair
5 years 2 months ago

Amen.

5 years 2 months ago

Fukudome for Snell straight up…hahaha

I wouldn’t mind seeing Duncan get a hold of snell and see if there really ever was something there. Wish him luck but it looks like he is on his way to the “Shoulda beens” graveyard

5 years 2 months ago

I was actually thinking Cards as well. See Duncan work this magic with this guy. he has the stuff, he has had flashes.

jmag043
5 years 2 months ago

He had that 17k performance at triple A last year…hes got potential. he’ll latch on somewhere….a guy with a 7.84 on the season just signed a major league deal after being released, got a spot in the rotation of a contending team, and is starting today.

bigpat
5 years 2 months ago

I think a team should just try him out as strictly a reliever, I’m actually surprised the M’s didn’t do that. He had one good season as a starting pitcher, but I don’t think he’ll come close to that anymore.

When I remember him, he threw a good slider and an ok fastball, just let him come in for an inning, get amped up, and throw as hard as he can. I think he could develop into a decent setup guy.

Chipanese
5 years 2 months ago

We did… He got lit up.

Ian_Smell
5 years 2 months ago

Japanese hitters must be psyched to hear this news.

brewersnrays
5 years 2 months ago

Is it possible to get him on a AAA deal?

Ichiroll
5 years 2 months ago

Good riddance!

damnitsderek
5 years 2 months ago

Best of luck to Snell. Nothing personal, but I hope to never see you in a Mariners uniform again.

Glad to see Sweeney make it back, though. He probably won’t offer much more to the club, but I’ve always liked the guy.

thepadsquad
5 years 2 months ago

If either darren balsley of the padres (the most underrated pitching coach in baseball) or dave duncan get their hands on him he has a shot at reaching what he could have been. I would love it if the padres picked him up.

rockiesmagicnumber
5 years 2 months ago

Yeah, the correct answer is Bob Apodaca of Colorado

I could be a stud pitching coach in PetCo.

thepadsquad
5 years 2 months ago

Oh, i forgot about him my bad. I know petco is a pitchers heaven but if the you have the best bullpen in baseball while everybody (except bell) is making close to the minimum you have to be doing something right

rockiesmagicnumber
5 years 2 months ago

I’m just kind of teasing. Balsey’s doing a great job with a young pitching corps. I’m just the biggest Bob Apodaca defender/proponent on the planet.

thepadsquad
5 years 2 months ago

Nah it’s kine. Bob A. is the most underrated pitching coach followed by Darren.

rockiesfan_303
5 years 2 months ago

Pirates robbed the Mariners in that trade

formerdraftpick
5 years 2 months ago

I would love to see him converted to a closer. I think he could do the job.

5 years 2 months ago

send him back to t-ball. at least then his horrid pitching cannot effect the outcome of a game