Outfielders

 
Eury Perez Eury Perez
DOB: 5/30/90
Ht. 6′
Wt. 180
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Despite the drop in steals (and career bests in doubles, triples, and
home runs), Perez’s game is still built for speed, which may not make
folks very comfortable. Why? Because you can’t steal first base (just 28
walks in over two seasons in the high minors). Defensively, he’s still a
plus defender, but with such poor on-base skills, it’s becoming obvious
that his ceiling is as a spare outfielder
Brian Goodwin Brian Goodwin
DOB: 11/2/90
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 190
Bats: L
Throws: L
Career Stats
Though he just turned 23 this past November, there is a sense that
Goodwin has stalled, if not struggled, in a season and a half at AA.
He’s still regarded as the Nats’ best position prospect, and the 3rd
best overall. Scouts call him a five-tool guy, tagging his speed as
his best attribute, but are still not sold on his ability to stick in CF,
citing “iffy instincts.” Offensively, he’s projected to have average
power, but with plus bat speed, could become an above-average hitter.
Steve Souza Steven Souza
DOB: 4/24/89
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 220
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
As suggested in the 2013 edition, Souza did make it to Harrisburg and
is now considered a “late bloomer” with the inevitable comp of Michael
Morse. The physical tools have never been in question; he’s strong,
quite fast for someone his size, and has power to all fields. On defense
he’s a solid-average corner OF with a plus arm. There is some worry that
he’ll be vulnerable to offspeed stuff, though scouts note that he can
handle just about anyone’s velocity.
Michael Taylor Michael Taylor
DOB: 3/26/91
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 190
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
After struggling in his first season at High-A, Taylor broke through in
2013 with an All-Star campaign (named to both midseason and post-
season teams for the Carolina League) and multiple POTW awards.
His K rate did decrease, but only slightly. Nevertheless, the power
returned (as predicted) and he exceeded his career-to-date SB
total (44) with a 51-steal campaign, second-best in the league.
Defensively, he continues to show MLB-level skills with plus
range and a plus arm.
Brandon Miller Drew Vettleson
DOB: 7/19/91
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 185
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
Picked up in the Lobaton-for-Karns trade, Vettleson is a supplemental
1st round pick in the 2010 draft who signed late and began his career
in 2011 in the Appy Lg. and has moved up a level a year since. He’s hit
for a solid average but the power dropped off last season, which is
partly attributable to the pitcher-friendly FSL. While scouts are confi-
dent the power will return, there’s concern about his plate discipline.
Defensively, he’s got an above-average arm but poor footwork led to
14 errors in 2013. Could go to Harrisburg, but Potomac seems more likely.
Brandon Miller Brandon Miller
DOB: 10/08/89
Ht. 6’2″
Wt. 215
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Miller was second to Zach Walters in home runs in the minors with 20.
He led the Washington minors in strikeouts with 164. This is problematic
because he doesn’t hit for average, doesn’t draw a lot of walks, and is
below-average on defense overall. Still, power is in short supply in
the system and that’s what keeps him on the watchlist for 2014, though
he’ll have to make dramatic improvements to make it to AA.
Wander Ramos
DOB: 4/26/90
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 192
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Injuries limited Ramos to just 76 games, but he still managed to post a
respectable OPS of .780, third-best on the Suns. This is probably a make-or-
break season for “Help Me,” presuming that the acquisitions of Wooten
and Vettleson aren’t indicators that’s he’s become an organizational guy.
Estarlin Martinez Estarlin Martinez
DOB: 3/8/92
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 185
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Martinez suffered a power outage in 2013, as his SLG% dropped from
.455 to .352. Like Ramos, injuries also curtailed his season and it’s
not entirely clear if those two trends are necessarily related. Unlike
Ramos, time is still on his side as he’ll likely repeat Hagerstown as
a 22-y.o. rotating between 1B, LF, and DH.
John Wooten John Wooten
DOB: 1/19/91
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 190
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Acquired from Oakland (really) in a November 2013 trade, Wooten hit
.315/.375/.456 in three seasons at East Carolina University before the
A’s drafted him in the 37th Rd. in 2012. The North Carolina native hit
20 HRs for Low-A Beloit of the Midwest League in 2013 while drawing 53
walks. With a dearth of power-hitting OFs, Wooten figures to progress
to Potomac in 2014.
Isaac Ballou Isaac Ballou
DOB: 3/17/90
Ht. 6’2″
Wt. 205
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
Ballou was a standout on a very weak Auburn team, posting an .803
OPS for the Doubledays albeit at the age of 23. Baseball America
rated him as the best athlete and fastest runner among the Nats’
2013 draftees and made the comp of Fred Lewis as a late-bloomer.
Bryan Lippincott Bryan Lippincott
DOB: 9/26/89
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 210
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
This is Lippincott’s second appearance on the watchlist, though
it was aided by a weak Auburn team. He put up a decent line of
.283/.358/.464 in 44 games, albeit as a 23-year-old. If he’s not
cut or sent to XST, Hagerstown is his best bet to begin 2014.
Greg Zebrack Greg Zebrack
DOB: 8/28/90
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 200
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Zebrack was signed as a NDFA after using up his final season of
collegiate eligibility as a graduate student for USC. Like Lippincott,
he benefits from being among the best of a weak group of hitters,
but is a year younger, so his chances of sticking are slightly better.
Rafael Bautista Rafael Bautista
DOB: 3/8/93
Ht. 6’2″
Wt. 165
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
One of last year’s “DSL Guys,” Bautista didn’t steal nearly as many
bases (just 26 vs. 47 in 2012), but otherwise put up remarkably similar
numbers (.791OPS vs. .815) while playing primarily in centerfield where
he made no errors in 41 games.
Randy Encarnacion Randy Encarnacion
DOB: 7/31/94
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 180
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Encarnacion, who went by Novas in his first two professional seasons,
had a breakthrough season on offense on a rate basis. His triple slash
went from .271/.337/.421 to .349/.437/.523. However, he appeared in only
34 games, with the logical inference being that he was the odd man
out on a loaded GCL team.

  One Response to “Outfielders”

  1. […] Sadly, the M*A*S*H category has returned. I had hoped it wouldn’t, and as you might expect, it’s mostly pitchers. I had thought about putting both Brian Goodwin and Drew Vettleson there, but opted not to because the list of outfielders is already pretty short (maybe an overcorrection to last year’s list of OFs). […]

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