2012 Watchlist: Second Basemen

 
Steve Lombardozzi Steve Lombardozzi
DOB: 9/11/88
Ht. 6′
Wt. 170
Bats: S
Throws: R
Career Stats
Not much has changed since we wrote
him up last offseason: still no “wow”
factor with his tools; just a solid, textbook
approach that gets results. However, now
folks outside our bubble believe that he
can be an everyday MLB player or maybe
even a utilityman, which could be in his
immediate future with Ian Desmond and
Danny Espinosa blocking his path to DC.
Jeff Kobernus Jeff Kobernus
Born: 6/30/88
Ht. 6’2″
Wt. 210
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Kobernus led the Carolina League in
steals (53) and played in 124 games, a
year after spending nearly half of ’10 on
the D.L. Not a strong arm, but decent
range and very athletic. Little power and
doesn’t walk much, both of which will
need to improve if he’s to stay on lists
like these and with the likes of Rendon
and Sanchez on his heels.
Adrian Sanchez Adrian Sanchez
Born: 8/16/90
Ht. 6′
Wt. 160
Bats: S
Throws: R
Career Stats
Rated by BA, but not Sickels, which may
be a bad sign for the 21-y.o. Getting
sent home in the VWL after just 8G is
another red flag. Does make decent
contact but that’s largely offset by hardly
ever taking a walk (17 in 570PA). Decent
speed (25SB) but still learning to pick his
spots (12CS). Likely to start ’12 with the
P-Nats, but don’t be surprised if he
repeats Low-A.

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“Fred” Ortega
Born: 8/1/92
Ht. 5′ 11″
Wt. 155
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Ortega first caught our eye in the 2010
season reviews as a one-position-only 2B
at the age of 17. He repeated and put up
slightly better numbers but will have to
improve much more in ’12 to stick.

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