HOLLY SPRINGS – The Seattle Mariners’ lineup on July 20 featured Coastal Plain League alum Cade Marlowe (photos courtesy Ben VanHouten/Seattle Mariners) making his Major League debut in left field. Unfortunately, he finished hitless, but did draw a walk in addition to two strikeouts, as Seattle defeated Minnesota, 5-0.
It was the second straight day that a former CPL player debuted for the Mariners, as Marlowe joined Devin Sweet who made his Big League appearance in Seattle on July 19.
The West Georgia product was a 20th round selection in the 2019 MLB Draft and began his professional career with High-A Everett, where he batted .301 across 62 games. In 2021, he spent most of the season between Single-A Modesto and Everett before being promoted to join Triple-A Tacoma for a game. In all, he slashed .275/.368/.566 with 87 runs scored and 107 RBIs. A year later saw him with Double-A Arkansas, where he swung .291 with twenty homers before being recalled to the Rainiers to close out the season. There, he batted .250 through 13 games, scoring eight runs and driving in 13. Before joining the Mariners, Marlowe had a .255 average with 11 bombs and 47 RBIs for Tacoma.
Since making his debut, he is slashing .278/.381/.556 in 14 games for Seattle. Of his 10 hits, two were doubles, one a triple and two others as dingers, while scoring six runs and tallying six RBIs. He’s also drawn six walks and stolen two bases.
Marlowe, a two-year player in the CPL, spent the 2017 season with the Holly Springs Salamanders and the following summer with the Savannah Bananas. During his short summer with the Salamanders, he swung .148 in 10 games, recording a double and driving in two RBIs. While with the Bananas, he batted .309 across 46 games and finished the season with 40 runs, 34 RBIs, and 37 stolen bags. Numbers like those saw the outfielder selected to the 2018 All-CPL First Team.
With his debut, Marlowe is now the 180th CPL alum to become a Major Leaguer and the 16th in 2023 alone. This season now has the distinguished honor of having the most Big League debuts in CPL history, breaking the previous record of 15 in 2017. Additionally, Marlowe is the fourth former Salamanders and fifth former Bananas player to make it to the Majors.
About Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. The CPL is currently comprised of 14 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had nearly 1,750 alumni drafted and 180 alums make their Major League debut. Most notable alumni include Justin Verlander, Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Reynolds, Kevin Youkilis, Chris Taylor, Alec Bohm, Jake Cave, Chas McCormick and NFL Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @CPLBaseball.