LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Seattle Mariners have promoted catcher Mike Marjama to the big league roster, giving Long Beach State another former player in the big leagues. Marjama, who played for the Dirtbags during the 2011 season, is the 48th former Long Beach State player to reach the major leagues, and the second to get his call-up this season. Back in April, former Dirtbags pitcher Shane Carle made his MLB debut for the Colorado Rockies.
Marjama was a 23rd Round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2011 draft, then joined the Tampa Bay Rays organization in 2015. He moved quickly through the Rays’ system and was a starter for the International League in this year’s Triple-A All-Star Game, representing the Durham Bulls. On Aug. 6, he was traded from the Rays to the Mariners, and has been with Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, for the last three weeks. Once MLB rosters expanded on Sept. 1, the Mariners were quick to bring Marjama up to the big club.
In his minor league career, Marjama is a .275 hitter with 37 home runs and 240 RBIs in 480 career games. He has shown a power surge this season, hitting 12 home runs in 93 games, including three in his brief stint with the Rainiers.
Marjama is a native of Roseville, Calif. and came to Long Beach as a junior college transfer out of Sacramento City College. After a prep career at Granite Bay High School, Marjama was a two-time All-Conference selection at Sac City, hitting .346 over his two seasons. In his lone season with the Dirtbags in 2011, Marjama started all 56 games at catcher and third base, hitting .290 with 13 extra-base hits, 27 RBIs and eight stolen bases. He had a pair of four-RBI games as a Dirtbag, one coming at Pacific on Apr. 1 and the other on May 14 at Cal State Fullerton, which included a three-run home run.
There have now been 15 former Dirtbags on MLB rosters during the 2017 season, giving Long Beach State more alumni in the big leagues than any other college or university for the eighth year in a row. Marjama will wear No. 28 for the Mariners and join the team in Seattle this weekend for a series against the Oakland Athletics.
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