Outfielders

 
Isaac Ballou Isaac Ballou
DOB: 3/17/90
Ht. 6’2″
Wt. 205
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
Ballou’s promotion from Potomac to Harrisburg last summer felt “social”
– especially after a terrible June (.177/.275/.215 in 21G). But it serves
as a reminder that stats aren’t the be-all, end-all that we’d like them to
be. Ballou pounded AA pitchers for an .876 OPS over the next 49 games
and went 6-for-20 in September for AAA Syracuse. He was originally
touted as a late bloomer when he was drafted in 2013. If so, he could
spend 2016 in Syracuse with a voodoo doll in hand for a callup.
Rafael Bautista Rafael Bautista
DOB: 3/8/93
Ht. 6’2″
Wt. 165
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
A broken finger sidelined Bautista for nearly three months last summer
but it was apparent even in the 50-some-odd games at Potomac that he
has the tools of the speedy flycatcher, though he did not appear to be
as polished defensively as a Michael Taylor or Eury Perez at the same
stage of their careers. Bautista played extensively in the Dominican
Winter League and did well (.846 OPS in 39G), which led BA to predict
he’ll be bumped up to Harrisburg for 2016.
Estarlin Martinez Estarlin Martinez
DOB: 3/8/92
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 185
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
After splitting time between levels in 2013 and 2014, Martinez spent
all of 2015 in Potomac and showed steady improvement, though it
was a bipolar pattern from month-to-month (good-bad-good-bad-good).
After splitting time between 1B and the OF the previous three seasons,
Martinez instead alternated between LF and RF and played adequate
defense at both corners. While he probably should begin 2016 in
AA, it would not be a surprise if the Nats return him to High-A.
Alec Keller Alec Keller
DOB: 5/19/92
Ht. 6’2″
Wt. 200
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
His Princeton pedigree not withstanding, Keller is an athlete with good
size and speed. So it may surprise you to learn that he has as many
HR’s as most of you reading this (nada). The 2014 pick played just two
games in Auburn two years ago, so 2015 was essentially his first pro
season. Keller can play all three OF positions, makes the routine plays
though he’s probably best suited to LF. The guess here is that he returns
to Woodbridge to refine his game (i.e. more power and more walks).
Andrew Stevenson Andrew Stevenson
DOB: 6/1/94
Ht. 6′
Wt. 185
Bats: L
Throws: L
Career Stats
Thanks to the signing of Max Scherzer, Stevenson gets the title of the
Nats top pick of the 2015 Draft though he was picked in the 2nd Round
after leading LSU to the College World Series. Defense is his calling
card, and as you might have already inferred, he possesses plus speed
as well. Like a lot of centerfielders, his arm is below average, and
like many top-of-the-order hitters, his offense is built more around
contact vs. power. Could be challenged with Potomac to start 2016.
Victor Robles Victor Robles
DOB: 5/19/97
Ht. 6′
Wt. 185
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Robles went from the third-best DSL bat in 2014 to the third-best Nats
prospect with a stellar 2015 season (.352/.445/.507 combined, GCL
and NYPL). A potential five-tool player, Robles currently has “doubles”
power with extra-base hits coming via line drives to the gaps, but scouts
believe he’ll start clearing the fences as he physically matures, though
he’s already an excellent athlete with plus speed. Despite playing just
23 games at Auburn, the prediction is he’ll start 2016 in Hagerstown.
Telmito Agustin Telmito Agustin
DOB: 10/9/96
Ht. 5’10”
Wt. 160
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Agustin was one the 2014 Top 5 DSL Bats, so naturally, it’s satisfying to
see the young American (USVI) progress in 2015. Agustin was the best
hitter not named Robles for the G-Nats, showing unusual power (.469
SLG%) and patience (.380 OBP) in an age-18 season. Also hit well in a
brief cameo (7G, 986 OPS) for the Auburn Doubledays, where the smart
money says he’ll return in 2016 (the dumb money says he’ll leapfrog
Robles or return to the GCL; just sayin’ 😉
Darryl Florentino Darryl Florentino
DOB: 1/1/96
Ht. 6’2″
Wt. 175
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
Florentino hit well (.793 OPS) in 26 games with the G-Nats, but struggled
in 24 games with the Doubledays (.574 OPS). He turned 20 on New Year’s
Day, so it’s not a lock that he’ll return to Auburn. There’s very little to be
found on him online aside from stat sites (and this site) where we will freely
admit this is a scouting-by-boxscore selection.