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SEATTLE- The Seattle Mariners have had a rough start to the season. The M’s finished the first half of the season with a 39-55 overall record, the worst record at the All-Star break since 2012 when they finished the first half of the season with a 36-51 record. But, there's hope in the future, following strong performances by prospects in the All-Star Futures Game.

The Mariners are playing the long game, trading productive players for prospects and the experiment is going well for the time being. The Mariners had three prospects named to the All-Star Futures Game, tied for the most prospects sent by a single team in the American League.

In particular, outfielder prospect Jarred Kelenic, who the Mariners relinquished closer Edwin Diaz to acquire, has received a lot of praise. Baseball America gushed over the former No. 6 overall pick, saying, “It took the Mariners a few extra months, but they got their man,”.

Justin Dunn pitched one inning of the All Star Futures game and allowed no hits and no walks while striking out one batter. 

The Mariners’ future may look bright, but the 2019 season has been a rough one for fans. The Mariners return on action on Friday when they begin a five-game road trip at the Los Angeles Lakers followed by Oakland A’s.  

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