CEDAR CITY — Former Southern Utah University Thunderbird Keli'i Zablan has signed a minor league contract to play for the Seattle Mariners. Zablan, a former infielder turned pitcher, impressed scouts at an invite-only tryout held at the Mariners spring training complex in Peoria, Ariz.

Zablan spent last summer pitching for the River City Rascals, an independent team in the Frontier League. The right-hander was named Rookie of the Year after posting a 2-1 record with a 3.15 ERA in 28 appearances.

—Deseret News staff and wire reports