The Seattle Mariners are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, but they are much more concerned with long-term development than short-term success.
That much was made clear when the Mariners not only called up top pitching prospect Logan Gilbert—the 24-year-old is MLB Pipeline’s No. 28 overall prospect—but gave him his first major-league start against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Gilbert was expectedly raw, taking his first loss after giving up four earned runs and striking out five in four innings pitched as Seattle fell 4-2. The defeat didn’t shake him, though.
“I definitely feel like I belong here and my stuff plays up here,” Gilbert said, per ESPN. He added:
“Definitely don’t get away with all the mistakes that maybe I did coming up. And of course, just falling behind in the count, they are usually gonna make you pay for it. So when I did leave pitches out over the middle of the plate, more often than not they took advantage of them.”