The Mariners announced that they’ve selected the contract of outfield prospect Braden Bishop, meaning he’s now been added to the 40-man roster and protected from December’s Rule 5 Draft. Major League teams have until Tuesday of next week to add players to the 40-man in advance of the Rule 5.
Bishop, 25, certainly would’ve been a candidate to be selected. Seattle’s No. 5 prospect according to MLB.com, Bishop hit .284/.361/.412 with eight homers and five steals in 394 plate appearances last season. Capable of playing all three outfield spots, Bishop is widely regarded as a plus defender in center field with plus speed and an above-average arm. MLB.com’s Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo write that he projects as a top-of-the-order hitter if he reaches his ceiling