2013 Watchlist: Third Basemen

 
Carlos Rivero Carlos Rivero
DOB: 5/20/88
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 215
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Claimed off waivers from Philadelphia in
Dec. 2011, Rivero had a comeback season
that could land him on an MLB roster.
He’s out of options, which is why it might
not be with the Nats. His lack of pro exp-
erience at 2B is another strike against him,
especially if he’s competing against Steve
Lombardozzi for a bench spot in D.C.
Anthony Rendon Anthony Rendon
DOB: 6/6/90
Ht. 6′
Wt. 190
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
You can believe the hype about Rendon’s
bona fides as a hitter — the patient eye,
the line-drive swing, the gap power. All
were spotted in his brief stint in Potomac
last summer. He ran well for someone
with his injury history, but it’s a lot to ask
for him not to lose a step. Reports are
mixed on his defense (from merely good
to great) but what he really needs to do
in ’13 is stay on the field, as the Texan
hasn’t played more than 63 games in a
single season yet.
Matt Skole Matt Skole
DOB: 7/30/89
Ht. 6’4″
Wt. 230
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Let’s get this out of the way: first — that’s
where Skole belongs on defense. The Nats
however are still claiming his 1B switch in
the AFL was not permanent. Despite the
knock that he’s been a level behind where
he should be since Day 1, both BA and
Sickels have improved their outlook, with
the latter tagging him as a “productive
power/patience slugger” though unlikely
to hit for a high average.
Diomedes Eusebio Diomedes Eusebio
DOB: 9/8/92
Ht. 6′
Wt. 185
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Eusebio’s sophomore season in ’12 wasn’t
as impressive as his debut season in ’11,
as his numbers fell slightly in nearly cat-
egory. He is, however, just 20 and has
been playing the position almost exclu-
sively since he entered the organization
in 2011 as a high-profile IFA.

  3 Responses to “2013 Watchlist: Third Basemen”

  1. What about the Wake Forest alum @ Auburn??

    • Solid (but not spectacular) offensive nos., subpar defensive metrics. Decent power, but not what you’d expect from a CI. Unfortunately with the short-season guys, the sample sizes are small enough that it’s quite possible that some guys are overvalued and others are undervalued. Also, bear in mind that third base is a deeper position in the Nats org than first base.

  2. Your writeup on Skole reminds me of Tyler Moore; talking of power but don’t know if he’ll progress because he’s old for his level.
    All the press on Moore was about the same.

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