Jan 202012

Three days after releasing his initial Top 20 list, the Nationals traded four of their Top 10 to the A’s for Gio Gonzalez. Today, Sickels has revised the list.

Thankfully, this is in print, so I don’t have to channel my bad Casey Kasem impersonation (click for a better one), but with everybody moving up four spots on the countdown, here are the four new names on his Top 20:

20) Justin Bloxom — C

19) Jeff Kobernus — C

18) Eury Perez — C

17) Tyler Moore — C

Moore, of course, has gotten some attention lately with Byron Kerr’s profile that has him being tried in the OF during Spring Training. This is, of course, being tried to give the Nats options besides DH if/when both he and Chris Marrero are in the same lineup at Syracuse.

Kobernus and Perez could easily be flip-flopped, but I, too, would rate Perez ahead of Kobernus because he can hidden on a bench as a defensive replacement/pinch-runner, not to mention he’s two years younger. Both have the same impediment for the long haul: impatience at the plate (4.0 and 4.7% BB rates, respectively).

Bloxom was one of the overlooked that I listed when Sickels put the call out to the community (first comment), but it’s still a bit of a surprise to see him get the nod when you look at the list of “Others” — folks that most likely will make the book, which is due out next weekend.
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And for today’s copyeditor’s nightmare (and non-sequitur?)… the sole signing last week by the Nationals was for Austin Bibens-Dirkx, a candidate for the Syracuse staff. He turns 27 in April and another Venezuelan League signee. One might also think, given this article, that he’s a project for the coaches to make a mechanical adjustment.

  5 Responses to “Sickels Revises His Top 20 Nationals Prospects”

  1. I like the line about Lombardozzi being the ‘Tom Milone of hitters’.
    Glad to see Freitas getting some recognition @ #13.
    Always been intrigued by Bloxom; wonder where he starts 2012 & what position this time.
    There’s been so much positive press about Michael Taylor, it’ll be good the top NP scouts get a long look at him this year.

  2. It was a much more attractive list with B- grades all the way down to #13, but so it goes. Back towards the middle of the pack overall, with a fair amount of promise in the top-10.

  3. Sickels did a Farm System ranking for the 1st time, we’re 14th

    • I opted for a simple tweet on that one rather than do back-to-back posts. Middle-of-the-pack sounds about right, even if it’s unevenly distributed — take away Harper and the first 5-6 picks from last June and we’re back in the lower third of MLB again.

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