3.) Luiz Gohara – LHP
Date of Birth: 7/31/96
Height/Weight: 6’3/210 pounds
Acquired: International Free Agency in 2012
Luiz Gohara is an interesting case. He doesn’t have numbers that make you look twice, but he has the intangibles to make you look twice and then again. The young Brazilian hasn’t had the greatest of ERA numbers, posting a bloated 6.20 ERA in Short Season A last year, yet he was very good at regular Class A albeit in very limited action. He’s been a Mariner now for over three years, but Gohara is still only 19 years old. He still has to work on his control, as his walk numbers are fairly high, but his strikeout numbers are also high which teams look for intently in a young pitcher.
The big Gohara is a power pitcher, and that shows with the velocity of his fastball which is by far his best pitch. He throws both a slider and a changeup, but both of those pitches needed a lot of seasoning to become effective. With his size, Gohara has the potential to develop a dominant breaking ball, something he’ll need to succeed at next levels. He still is a way off from the bigs, but the Mariners are hoping he can find a groove in the coming years and be ready for the majors by the end of the decade.