Paul Fry has made quite an impression on the Seattle Mariners' coaching staff the past two summers.
The pitcher from Waterford was selected in the 17th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft out of SC4.
The left-handed pitcher took a major step in his development this season. He was recently named the Mariners' Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year. He traveled to Seattle and picked up his award Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Mariners' 2015 regular-season finale.
Last season at Class A Bakerfield, Fry made 38 relief appearances and posted a 4-4 won-loss record with a 2.71 ERA.
Fry was a late add to the Mariners' mini-camp this spring and made the most of it, impressing coaches and appearing in a handful of Cactus League games.
Fry moved up two levels this season. He started the season with Class A Bakersfield and had success in the hitter-friendly Cal League. Fry made 28 appearances, posting a 4-3 record with two saves, a 2.13 ERA, 70 strikeouts in 55 innings with just 14 walks. Opponents were batting .230 against him.
The solid performance earned Fry a promotion to Class AA Jackson where he went 0-2 with a 2.50 ERA in 15 appearances. He recorded 30 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched.
After a couple of tough outings, Fry adapted to the higher competition. In his last 10 outings, he had three saves and a 0.87 ERA, allowing one run in 10 1/3 innings.
Fry pitched two seasons for the Skippers and earned all-Michigan Community College Athletic Association honors.