|Severino’s reputation as a defensive standout remains intact, with
some folks attributing it to the Nationals decision to place him on
the 40-man well before the Rule 5 deadline. The bat? Well, as you
might have guessed, it’s still well behind the glove. His slugging
percentage dipped from 2014 to 215 (.399 to .331), and his average
remains in the .245 range. He neither walks nor strikes out much,
so the hope is that he’ll develop both patience and power in 2016.
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|The power sapped from ’14 to ’15 (.462 SLG% to .377) and the
sloppy ball-handling returned (22PB, which is significant con-
sidering how minors’ scorekeepers tend to dole out WPs instead)
in his first full-season campaign. He’s likely to start 2016 in
Potomac, where he finished 2015 and in a short stint, did little
to dispel the inference that he’s a hitter in search of a position.
|It’s been five years since Tillero was among the large group of IFAs
trumpeted in the post-Smiley era, so it may seem like the Venezuelan
is older than just-turned-22. It’s a leitmotif, but the Nats are short
on age-appropriate-to-the-level catchers, which is why he makes the
list despite below-average offense (.212 GPA). He did however have
just nine passed balls while throwing out 52% of runners attempting to
steal on him and his pitchers.