Dec 092015
 


The trend of a consensus on a handful then free-for-all returns with the latest iteration of the NationalsProspects.com Top 10 Position Players list.

This year 21 players were named on 10 ballots (including mine). It was 24 a couple of years ago but only 15 last year.

The top two picks were either #1 or #2 in nine of the 10 ballots, as was the #1 pick. Without further ado, ze list:

  1. Trea Turner
  2. Victor Robles
  3. Wilmer Difo
  4. Anderson Franco
  5. Andrew Stevenson
  6. Christopher Bostick
  7. Pedro Severino
  8. Rafael Bautista
  9. Osvaldo Abreu
  10. Spencer Kieboom

Others receiving votes: Brian Goodwin, Drew Ward, Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, Isaac Ballou, Blake Perkins, Jakson Reetz, Rhett Wiseman, Telmito Agustin, Max Schrock, Bryan Mejia, Matt Skole

My prediction that half the names from last year’s Top 10 would be gone proved to be true, though just two could be attributed to trade (Steve Souza) and graduation (Michael Taylor). It would be difficult to characterize the disappearance of last years nos. 4-7 (Drew Ward, Jakson Reetz, Brian Goodwin, and Matt Skole) as anything other than disappointment with their 2015 seasons.

One other interesting trend that ought to be obvious: the Dominican pipeline seems to be producing more interesting players (6 of the Top 10, 8 of the twenty) than the domestic draft.

Next up: The pitchers, which I suspect will be a similar case of three or four that everybody agrees on… then a lament of the lack of lefties… and then complaints about age…

Aug 082015
 


Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 48-67, 5th place I.L. North 15½ games behind

Good Richard Bleier 2-0, 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP since callup
Bad Dan Butler .156/.250/.200 since All-Star Break (13G)
Interesting 16 IBB issued leads the International League



HARRISBURG SENATORS 55-58, 6th place E.L. West, 8 games behind

Good Wilmer Difo .333BA (15-for-45), 9SB in last 10G
Bad Wander Suero 1-0, 6.91 ERA, 1.95 WHIP since All-Star Break (6G)
Interesting Bryan Harper .167OBA vs. LHBs



POTOMAC NATIONALS 17-23, 3rd place C.L. North, 6 games behind (50-60 overall)

Good Austen Williams 2-3, 2.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP since callup
Bad Oldest average batters age (23.6) in Car. Lg., 7th in offense (3.68 R/G)
Interesting 36 sacrifice flies 2nd most in Car. Lg.



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 19-22, 6th place Sally North, 9 games behind (54-55 overall)

Good Matthew Page .296/.384/.418 in 27G
Bad Drew Van Orden 1-4, 5.60 ERA, 1.42 WHIP since All-Star Break (8GS)
Interesting Andrew Stevenson .350/.393/.439, 9RBI since callup (11G)



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 22-24, T3rd place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 7½ games behind

Good Erick Fedde 4-1, 2.57 ERA, 1.31 WHIP in 8GS
Bad Jake Jeffries .399OPS in 11G
Interesting 76E in 46G, .956 FA — both 13th in 14-team NYPL



GCL NATIONALS 18-22, 4th place GCL East, 4½ games behind

Good 17-y.o. Anderson Franco 3HR, .763 OPS in 33G
Bad Jorge Pantoja 0-1, 9.00 ERA, 1.88 WHIP
Interesting 43CS — 3rd worst in the GCL (60SB = 58.25% success rate)



DSL NATIONALS 27-32, 3rd place Boca Chica North, 10 games behind (eliminated from div. race)

Good 19-y.o. Francys Peguero 1-1, 9SV, 45K in 29⅓ IP
Bad 18-y.o. Jose Cabello .444OPS in 32G
Interesting 18-y.o. Luis Perdomo .288/.380/.412, 12SB, 11CS
Jun 132014
 


Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 38-28, T1st place I.L. North, 5 games ahead

Good Warner Madrigal 1.08 ERA, 1.20 WHIP since return to AAA (8 appearances)
Bad Josh Johnson .161BA (and SLG, and OBP) over last 10G
Interesting Jhonatan Solano .462/.500/.731, 2HR, 8RBI in June



HARRISBURG SENATORS 26-38, 5th place E.L. West, 11½ games behind

Good Cutter Dykstra .316/.341/.421 in last 10G
Bad Team Pitching WHIP, 1.48 — 11th in 12-team E.L.
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .462/.523/.513 in June



POTOMAC NATIONALS 36-29, 1st Half C.L. North Division Winner

Good Robert Benincasa 1-0, 3SV, 0H, 3BB in last 5 appearances (5⅓ IP)
Bad Pedro Severino .178BA, 6E since May 1 (30G)
Interesting Randolph Oduber .309/.346/.443 since return from AA (38G)



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 42-23, 1st place Sally North, 2½ games ahead

Good Spencer Kieboom .348/.379/.551 since coming off the DL in May (23G)
Bad Nick Pivetta 10.61 ERA, 2.57 WHIP in last 3GS
Interesting Nine holds, T11th in 14-team Sally League



DSL NATIONALS SUNS 42-23, 1st place Sally North, 2½ games ahead

Good 18-y.o. Israel Mota .349/.391/.721, 3HR, 14RBI in 11G
Bad 19-y.o. Carlos Acevedo 11.81 ERA, 1.88 WHIP in 1st two appearances
Interesting 16-y.o. Anderson Franco 7E, 7RBI in 11G