Feb 192014
 

accelerated-camp
While we await the games to begin, the Nationals — via Byron Kerr of MASN — have revealed the minor-leaguers coming into Florida early, a.k.a. “accelerated camp” with a reporting date.

In essence, this is the analog to the Instrux of the fall, where prospects are given extra time for instruction and a chance for the coaches to make sure everyone’s moving in the right direction.

As much as you might want to draw inferences from who’s been selected and who hasn’t, you can’t. It nearly goes without writing that almost all of these guys are on the 2014 watchlist. After the list, I’ll break it down…

PITCHERS CATCHERS INFIELDERS OUTFIELDERS
Dakota Bacus Spencer Kieboom Osvaldo Abreu Isaac Ballou
John Costa Cole Leonida Wilmer Difo Rafael Bautista
Matt Derosier Raudy Read Cutter Dykstra Theo Bowe
Ian Dickson Pedro Severino Cody Gunter Destin Hood
Pedro Encarnacion Jason Martinson Narciso Mesa
Wirkin Estevez David Masters Brandon Miller
Lucas Giolito Stephen Perez Drew Vettleson
Taylor Hill Shawn Pleffner
Jake Johansen Tony Renda
Nick Lee Drew Ward
Warner Madrigal John Wooten
Brett Mooneyham
R.C. Orlan
Ronald Pena
Nick Pivetta
Jefry Rodriguez
Blake Schwartz
Hector Silvestre
John Simms
Deion Williams
Wander Suero
Austin Voth
Deion Williams

First, let’s address the unfamilar names…

…Costa was the Nats 13th Rd. draft pick out of Palm Beach State JC last June but did not pitch, having had TJ surgery in March 2013.

…Derosier was a 24th Rd. Pick out of Southwestern JC who made 10 of 11 appearances for the G-Nats (he retired eight of nine batters faced in a middle-relief outing in July for Auburn)

…Madrigal is returning to the U.S. after having been sold to the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Central League by the Arizona Diamondbacks last summer. He made 31 appearances and had a 2-0 record with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

Now, for a few random thoughts…

…Wooten is listed as an infielder, but that does not necessarily mean a shift to 1B. Example: Justin Miller, who the Nats tried to convert to catcher in the 2012-13 offseason but ultimately did not catch.

…While it would be nice to see GCLers Abreu, Read, and Bautista in full-season ball, Read was also invited to this shindig last year without spending time north of Florida.

…The presence of Kieboom and Estevez, however, is hoped to mean that their recoveries from Nationals elbow have progressed enough to appear in games before mid-June.

  8 Responses to “Nationals Unveil “Accelerated Camp” Roster”

  1. Great photo. Which one was Spike?

    • Wish I had a pic of Spike as a puppy, but both he and Louisville (LuLu’s full name) were adopted at roughly 2 years of age.

  2. Little surprised to see Hood…hasn’t seemed to do much in the last couple of years.

  3. This is probably about where Davey should show up. This is his bailiwick now as chief consultant to Rizzo.

  4. No Wander Ramos?

  5. Wooten actually was at 3B for 10 games last year, 6 at 1B, and made one appearance at 2B (with no chances). There’s not a lot of corner INF power in the organization right now, so perhaps they just want to see what he can do. He apparently spent most of his time at East Carolina at 1B, with a few games at 3B, and even 24 games at SS as a frosh. So he’s not unfamiliar with being on the dirt.

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